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Of Faith and Knowledge

Biblical Theology and Christian Studies for High School

Of Faith and Knowledge is a four year course on apologetics and the Christian faith. The books include some of the best known books which may be acquired from many different sources.

Book - Level A Book - Level B Book - Level C Book - Level D

Overview

The four years of Biblical studies for high school provide a broad foundation of learning from some of the best sources.

ALL FOUR YEARS:
Apologetics (Explanation of faith)
The text: Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Joshua McDowell

LEVEL A:
  • Doctrine - Know What You Believe by Paul Little
  • Other World Religions - World Religions Made Simple by Mark Water
  • Personal Devotion - The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
LEVEL B:
  • New Testament Survey - The Story of the New Testament by John Stott
  • Salvation and Christian Living - Steps to Freedom in Christ by Neil Anderson
  • Faith and Logic - Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
LEVEL C:
  • Old Testament Survey - The Story of the Old Testament by John Stott
  • Evangelism - The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
  • Relationships/Biblical Conflict Resolution - The Peacemaker by Ken Sande
LEVEL D:
  • Church History - The Ultimate Guide to Christian History by Carol and Roddy Smith
  • Biblical Scholarship - Christianity and Liberalism by Gresham Machen
  • Spiritual Life - Christ in You: the Christ Life and the Self Life by A.B. Simpson
The four years can be studied in any order. While the books within each year may also be studied in any order, the accompanying guides give a 36 week with recommended assignments. This can make keeping track of progress easier.

Several different criteria were used in selecting the books for this course. As much as possible, we stuck with classics that have withstood the test of time and repeat publication. We also considered readability, availability, length and size. It was a daunting task to find the best books that would provide an insightful overview as well as hold the interest of high school students.

Of Faith and Knowledge
Level A

Introduction: Welcome to the series "Of Faith and Knowledge." The first part of the book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, will be examined over the course of the year. In addition, you will learn about some of the basic teachings of the Christian faith in Know What You Believe, as well as learn about other religions in World Religions Made Simple. The Pursuit of God is a Christian classic that will enrich every believer.

Of Faith and Knowledge Level A Apologetics
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Joshua McDowell
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN
Original Edition 1972, Current Edition 1999
Page 1 to 328 in the first year of study

Doctrine
Know What You Believe
Paul E. Little
Victor Cook Communications, Colorado Springs, CO
Original Edition 1970, Current Edition 1999

Comparative Religion
World Religions Made Simple
Mark Water
AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN
2002

Personal Devotion
The Pursuit of God
A.W. Tozer
Christian Publications, Camp Hill, PA
1948

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Of Faith and Knowledge
Level B

From the Introduction: This year your study will emphasize the New Testament, its teaching and its doctrine. The Story of the New Testament will be a major part of your course work, as well as the section in Evidence That Demands Verdict regarding the New Testament. Mere Christianity and Steps to Freedom in Christ will help to personalize New Testament teachings.

Of Faith and Knowledge Level B
Apologetics
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Joshua McDowell
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN
Original Edition 1972, Current Edition 1999
Chapters 27 - 31 in Level B.

New Testament Survey
The Story of the New Testament
John Stott
Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI

Salvation and Christian Living
Steps to Freedom In Christ
Neil T. Anderson
Gospel Light
Current Edition 2002

Faith and Logic
Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis
Harper Collins, San Francisco
1952

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Of Faith and Knowledge
Level C

Book - Level C Apologetics
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Joshua McDowell
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN
Original Edition 1972, Current Edition 1999
Page 333-533 in Level C

Old Testament Survey
The Story of the Old Testament
Alec Motyer
Baker House Books, Grand Rapids, MI
2001

Evangelism
The Master Plan of Evangelism
Robert E. Coleman
Baker House Books, Grand Rapids, MI
1963, Current Edition 1993

Relationships and Conflict
The Peacemaker
Ken Sande
Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI
1991, Current Edition 2002

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Of Faith and Knowledge
Level D

Introduction:
This year you will be examining influences within the church, particularly those in the past, with a view to how they shape the present and future. The Ultimate Guide to Church History was chosen as a central part of this year’s course of study. In this, we have broken with our usual principle of choosing best selling books with wide readership as demonstrated by decades of use and multiple reprints. This book, which in fact is only a few years in print, was chosen instead because of its friendliness and readability.

You will also have the opportunity to read Christianity and Liberalism, an analysis of liberal theology by a respected scholar of the early 20th century. While it is acknowledged that this book is not light reading, you will find that the effort to read it will aid in your ability to follow the implications of liberalism in the church. All that Machen predicted 100 years ago about liberalism’s effects on the church has occurred.

Your study of apologetics from The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict will continue. The chapters will focus on answering the issues raised by different movements in society.

But one should never forget that an intellectual knowledge without an internal response to God is useless. Christ in You is a book that calls the believer into a place of submission and intimacy with our Savior.

Book - Level D Apologetics
The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict
Joshua McDowell
Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN
Original Edition 1972, Current Edition 1999
chapters 32-40 Level D

Church History
The Ultimate Guide To Christian History
Carol and Roddy Smith
Barbour Books, Ulrichsville, OH
2001

Biblical Scholarship
Christianity & Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen
Wm Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI
1923, Current Edition 2002

Spiritual Life
Christ In You: The Christ Life and the Self-Life
A.B. Simpson
Christian Publications, Camp Hill, PA
1887, Current Edition 1997

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