ELECTIVES:

Logic (Traditional Logic) – Tutor: Josh Landon

This course is an in-depth study of the classical syllogism. As a result of taking this course and studying the structure and form of syllogisms (arguments), students will develop an understanding of logic at its most basic level. They will be able to properly construct a syllogism (an argument) and accurately identify its parts. They will also be able to determine whether an argument is valid or invalid, sound or unsound. These objectives will be accomplished through interactive lessons in the classroom, and relevant daily exercises completed by the student on the four week days which we do not meet for class. To faithfully meet the requirements of this course, students can expect to spend about thirty minutes a day outside of class.

Texts: First semester: Traditional Logic; Introduction to Formal Logic, Book I by Martin Cothran

  • ISBN-10: 1930953100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930953109

2nd semester:  Traditional Logic; Advanced Formal Logic, Book II by Martin Cothran

  • ISBN-10: 1930953127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930953123

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to all grades 

Annual Tuition: $300

Church History & Apologetics – Tutor: Josh Landon

This two-part course is an introduction to Apologetics and covers the history of the Christian church, from its birth in the first century to its contemporary state today.

Apologetics - We will be confronting the overwhelming intellectual attacks the Church is presently facing; attacks that Christian college students face on university campuses. We will be addressing such issues as the nature of truth and reality, the investigation of other worldviews, the evidence for Christianity, critics’ arguments against Christianity, and the relationship between apologetics and evangelism. Course Objectives: 1) Explain what Apologetics is and why it is an important subject for Christians to study. 2) Bolster the faith of the students by learning the superior intellectual arguments for the truth of Theism and Christianity. 3) Develop and demonstrate the ability to properly identify certain atheistic and anti-Christian arguments, and then adequately refute them. 4) Develop a deeper passion for God and become better equipped to effectively evangelize the lost world around us.

Church History - The important dates, people, places, and events from the early, medieval, reformation, and modern eras will be learned to help support an emphasis on the development of Christian doctrine. Combining church history, historical theology, and systematic theology, this class will also consider major areas of Christian theology such as sin, salvation, the nature of God, the Bible, the Incarnation, the church, and the end times. The purpose of this class is to help the student gain an awareness of the various Christian views and how they came to be articulated and argued for in their historical contexts. Thus, the emphasis will be on understanding what has happened in the history of the church and on the similar and yet distinct ways theological orthodoxy has come to be defined by the major Christian traditions (i.e., Reformed, Baptist, Catholic, etc.). The Scriptural arguments and theological reasoning for and against each view will be examined.

Text: I don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist (Crossway) by Frank Turek and Norman Geisler

Texts: Church History in Plain Language, Bruce L. Shelley. Thomas Nelson

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: All grades but recommended for sophomores and above

Annual Tuition: $300


Introduction to Philosophy - Tutor: Josh Landon

This course is a systematic overview and introduction to philosophy. The primary goal is to teach the students how to think philosophically. Through the development and honing of his critical thinking skills the student will learn to logically approach secondary questions. This will be achieved by engaging the major areas of philosophical inquiry and the underlying questions and problems that drive them. The subjects covered in the course will include epistemology, metaphysics, anthropology, philosophy of religion, meta-ethics, and aesthetics. The material will be arranged systematically and not chronologically, but important philosophers and philosophical movements and eras will be discussed in connection with the relevant ideas and topics.

Textbook: The Love of Wisdom; A Christian Introduction to Philosophy, Steven B. Cowan and James S. Spiegel. B&H Academic. 2009.

Course Credit: 1 credit as an Elective

Available: Open to all grades but recommended for sophomore and above

Annual Tuition: $300

Debate and Speech Club

Through this club, students will learn the fundamentals of debate and will practice giving a variety of speeches. They will engage in practice debates after studying debate theory for most of the fall semester, and will practice giving several speeches, including limited prep, platform speeches, and interpretive pieces during the speech club time in the spring. Debate and speech both require participation in a local novice tournament as the culmination of the club. The option then exists to join and compete in a homeschool speech and debate league, which will further develop and refine their skills in speech and debate.

The Speech and Debate Club is offered on Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00. This is open to any students who would like to find out more about speech and debate. Please note, this is a club, not a credit class.

Fees are listed on the website http://www.shananspeechdebate.com/

Christian Communicators of the Southeast (CCofSE) http://ccofse.org/

Please contact shananspeech_debate@yahoo.com for more information.



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