A Christian Philosophy of Learning

An adult Sunday School class at
Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church
March-May 2002
led by C. Michael Holloway

Notes and slides from each class are available below in PDF format.
A free PDF reader is available here.
You may jump to a particular class: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Week 1 (March 3): Introduction
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  • Week's Work: Think about these questions:
    • What is truth?
    • What is the starting point for truth?
  • Quote Identification Challenge: (Winner on 3.17.2002) Identify who wrote the following: "Our American atmosphere is vocal with the flippant loquacity of half knowledge."
    • Hint 1: It was neither Jonathan Edwards, nor Winston Churchill.
    • Hint 2: The son of the man who wrote it is now much more famous than the man, but this wasn't true at the time the quote was written.
Week 2 (March 17): What is Truth?
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  • Week's Work: Think about this question: Does there exist any propositions that are affirmed by all sane people?
Week 3 (March 24): The Starting Point for Truth (part 1)
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  • Week's Work: Read the following Scripture passages: Matthew 16:13-17; Matthew 11:25-27; Psalm 119:18; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Week 4 (March 31): The Starting Point for Truth (part 2)
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  • Week's Work: Read the Jonathan Edwards' sermon I mentioned in class: "A Divine and Supernatural Light".
  • Quote Identification Challenge 2: (Winner on 10.14.2002) Identify who said the following: "If a picture is worth a thousand words, then why did God give us His Word, instead of His drawings."
    • Hint 1: A google search will not be sufficient.
    • Hint 2: It is not anyone who has been the answer to any previous quote ID challenges.
Week 5 (April 14): What Do I Do With This Stuff?
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  • Week's Work: Answer these questions
    • If I affirm that the Bible is the Word of God, is there anything else that I also need to affirm, before I can affirm that I am a sinner?
    • If so, what else do I need to affirm?
  • Hint 3 for Quote ID Challenge 2: The person is living today.
Week 6 (April 21): From Truth to Truth
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  • Week's Work: For the apologetic methods you know, think about these two questions:
    1. What are some of the similarities among the methods?
    2. If you had to come up with one phrase or sentence to summarize the major difference among the methods, what would it be?
Week 7 (April 28): Application to Apologetics
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  • Week's Work: For the apologetic methods you know, think about these two questions:
    1. What is science?
    2. To what extent is science concerned with truth?
    3. Are there currently some subjects studied by scientists that would not be studied if all scientists had a Christian philosophy of learning?
Week 8 (May 5): Application to Science
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  • Week's Work: Pick a short passage from a favorite literary work, and list some of the propositions affirmed by this passage. (You may also do the equivalent for a painting or other work of work.)
Week 9 (May 12): Application to Literature and Other Arts
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  • Week's Work: Think about this question, "What is the best approach to trying to learn the truth about something that happened in the past?"
Week 10 (May 19): Application to History
Week 11 (May 26): Application to Current Events

Those interested in further study about some of the topics discussed in this 11 week class, may want to consider the the books on this list. Also, a CD containing the PDF class notes, and WAV audio files for each class is available for purchase. Send email to pol@logicteacher.com for details about how to get one.
Many of the documents above are in PDF format. A free PDF reader is available here.
Curator: C. Michael Holloway (holloway@logicteacher.com)
last modified: 26 May 2003 (16:27:54)