If God, then...

"If God, then..." is an online learning platform offering a series of online lectures and reading materials for anyone to study and review at their own pace. The series has a focus on apologetics, but seeks to develop a cumulative and powerful argument to demonstrate that God is very real and alive, today. And, if He is real and alive, the implication of that is to follow Him and live your life for Him.
 

If you have questions on the course you can contact:

 

Nathan Vannatta at cnvannatta@gmail.com

Course Introduction and Overview

Click on the button to the left to access the course introduction video for further details about the layout of the course, how to access the materials, and how to utilize the discussion group.

Section 1: The Existence of God

Recommended Readings:

Lesson 1: Why are you apologizing?

An Introduction to Apologetics

In this lesson we will take on a brief introduction to what the study of "apologetics" is. But, more importantly we will consider why it is important that we study it and how it is relevant to our lives today.

Recommended Readings:

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Recommended Readings:
Recommended Readings:

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Recommended Reading:

I highly recommend Book 1of C.S. Lewis's Mere Christianity. Click on the pdf icon to access an electronic copy of the book.

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Recommended Reading:

Chapter 2, "Scientism" by Vince Vitale in the new book Jesus Among Secular Gods. Let me know if you would like to borrow the book.

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Lesson 2: Beginning with a Bang!

The Cosmological Argument

Here we begin to investigate some of the arguments for the existence of God. The Cosmological Argument considers the beginning of the universe and evidence from astronomy, astrophysics, general relativity, and quantum mechanics. Buckle up and get ready to start things with "bang"!

Lesson 3: Happen-stance or Providence?

The Teleological Argument

Could the world we see around us really have developed by chance? The Teleological Argument investigates the design and purpose we see in nature to make a compelling case for an intelligent designer.

Lesson 4: Onto-what?!?!
The Ontological Argument

Here we briefly explore the long-debated "ontological argument". This entails some deep thinking as we explore the conception of what a god is and how from the very definition we can make a compelling case that a "god" exists. Further, building on previous lessons, we will begin to see how each argument suggests certain attributes of what we consider god and how those begin to line up most closely with the Christian description of God.

Lesson 5: It's all relative... or is it?

The Moral Argument

In this lesson we will consider the implications of acknowledging something as right or wrong and see how that to make such a statement is to admit to the objectivity of moral values and duties. But, what's more? The mere acknowledgement of these values can serve as a powerful case for the existence of a relational God! 

Lesson 6: A Privileged Planet 

The Anthropic Principle

This is the final lesson of Section 1 and we will be looking at how certain characteristics of our planet and the universe suggest that the creator of the cosmos is personally interested in us!

Section 1 Wrap-up

It's been quite a ride and we have covered a lot of information. To summarize, we investigated how apologetic studies are important. We have then considered for separate scientific and philosophical arguments for the existence of God and we have taken them cumulatively to suggest that the God of the universe must have certain characteristics. Section 1 ended with a spin on the Anthropic Principle which aimed to build a case for suggesting a personal creator that desires to reveal Himself to His creation.

Now, you may have noticed that there was not a single reference to scripture made to support any of the major arguments in Lessons 2-6. This was on purpose as we have not established God's Word in the Bible as valid or reliable. That will be part of Section 2 as we consider the Revelation of God.

Section 2:  The Revelation of God

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