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INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Sacha Walicord
TIME: April 20 – 25, 2024, Working days: 18:00-21:00; Saturday: 10:00-16:00 (Riga time)
PLACE: In-Class Lectures (with simultaneous translation channel in Russian on Zoom)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

There is great overall agreement among confessionally Reformed Christians when it comes to the doctrine of God or the Gospel of the salvation of sinners. There is also great agreement as to how Christians should live or behave. But there is far less agreement as to how Christians should view the world, education, science, politics, economics, and everything else that pertains to daily life. The reason for this is that in the last century the church has become pietistic – it has turned inwards. By doing this she has ceased to apply the Word of God to all areas of life and robbed itself of parts of the riches of God’s Word. The Bible does speak to every area of life. In this course we will investigate how to apply God’s Word to the whole of human existence and thereby help Christians to live in, and interact with, the world in a consistently Biblical manner. We will also discover how to defend the consistently Biblical worldview against other worldviews.

INSTRUCTOR

Rev. Dr. Sacha Walicord, M.A., LL.M./J.D. (equiv.) is the senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Vanguard), Grand Rapids, Michigan USA. Visiting professor at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Giessen, Germany. Dr. Walicord has previously taught Theology of Worship, Doctrine of Scripture and Christian Ethics at BRTS.

COURSE CONTENTS

  1. A Reformed view of God, the world, and everything in it
  2. The Bible and the world: The Antithesis
  3. Building blocks of a worldview
  4. Philosophical foundations for a Biblical worldview
  5. Sample areas of application (e.g. law, economics, history etc.)
  6. The defense of the Biblical worldview against other worldviews

Course Requirements for students

  1. Attendance at all class sessions (%10).
  2. Required reading (%20): 
    • Pushing the Antithesis: The Apologetic Methodology of Greg L. Bahnsen, (ed. Gary DeMar), American Vision, 2007.Tinker, Melvin: That Hideous Strength – How the West was Lost, EP Books, 2018.
  3. Book review (5 pages) of the book “That Hideous Strength” (20%). Deadline: April 20, 2024 (by the beginning of the course).
  4. Written exam on the course content (25%). Deadline: May 9, 2024
  5. Written factitious dialogue (25%), explaining the presuppositional method of apologetics in a practical situation (how it could look like). 3-4 pages. Deadline: May 9, 2024

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Andrejs Prieditis (aprieditis@brts.edu.lv)