In this course, Dr. Carl Ellis discusses the need for an apologetic that speaks to the unaddressed core concerns of urban communities, incorporating not only philosophy but also sociology, anthropology, and history in its approach. The course focuses on the African-American experience as a case study to explain the specific challenges apologists face regarding urban culture.
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Introducing the Speaker and the Course
Unit 1: Theology and Knowledge
Theology: Modes and Models
Using Logos Notes to Track Themes
Theology: Apologetics and Ethics
Exploring the Psalms with the Psalms Explorer Tool
Theology: Context and Approaches
Using the Factbook and Searching Cultural Concepts
Knowledge: Its Nature and Importance
Knowledge: Faith, Reason, and Obedience
Unit 2: Issues in Apologetics
Apologetics: Justifying Knowledge
Discovering Ancient Inscriptions from the Biblical World
Apologetics: Addressing the Eclipse of the Christian Voice
Apologetics: Defining a Christian Approach (Part 1)
Apologetics: Defining a Christian Approach (Part 2)
Apologetics: A Critical Need Today
Apologetics: Core Concerns
Apologetics: Righteousness and Justice
Identifying and Searching for the Greek Term for “Righteousness”
Unit 3: Worldviews
Examples of Worldviews at Work
Worldview: Not Just Abstract or Theoretical
Using the Timeline to Explore Worldviews throughout History
Rational Worldviews: Theism
Rational Worldviews: Deism
Rational Worldviews: Naturalism and Nihilism
Irrational Worldviews: Existentialism
Looking Up Unfamiliar Terms in Logos
Irrational Worldviews: Postmodernism
Worldviews: A General Shift
Worldviews: A Culture Clash or a Christian Encounter?
Creating and Sharing Inspirational Quotes with Visual Copy
Unit 4: Shifting Socioeconomic Paradigms
Adam Smith versus William Godwin
Human Nature: Constrained versus Unconstrained
A Seismic Shift in Public Policy
Shifting Paradigms in Social Outlook
Contemporary Scene: Sociopolitical Ideologies
Contemporary Scene: The Political Matrix
Contemporary Christian Perspectives: African-American versus Anglo-American
Contemporary Scene: Feeding Addiction versus Holistic Correction
Contemporary Scene: Left versus Right
Contemporary Scene: Degenerate Movements
Looking to the Future
Unit 5: African-American Theological Vacuum and Ghetto Nihilism
Dr. Carl Ellis is the assistant professor of practical theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the associate pastor for cultural apologetics at New City Fellowship.
In 1969, Dr. Carl Ellis began his ministry as a senior campus minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Dr. Ellis served as the assistant pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland, served on the faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as seminary instructor for Prison Fellowship, where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers.
Between 1986 and 2009, Dr. Ellis served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (CUTS), and as dean of intercultural studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri in Hermoz sur Ollon, Switzerland, completed his Masters in Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a DPhil from Oxford Graduate School.