Tuesday, March 17, 2015

"Intro to Origins" is now complete

It seems like just yesterday, but it's been almost three years since I taught a really long Sunday school class on origins.  At the time, I still worked for Bryan College.  So I took a camera to church and started recording my lessons, with the idea that I might use the video in a class someday.  Just a few weeks after I started that class, the big crisis happened, and I realized that those recordings might be really valuable to me someday.

That day has finally come.  "Introduction to Origins" is now available from Core Academy as a series of online short courses, designed especially for teachers looking for Continuing Education Units.  If you're not a teacher, you can still take the courses.  Parts 1 & 2 have already debuted, and now Part 3 will be available for the next short course session (beginning April 6).

Here's what the courses cover:

1.  Introduction
2.  Faith and Science (BONUS LESSON)
3.  The Creation/Evolution Debate Today
4.  A Case for Creationism
5.  A Case for Theistic Evolution
6.  The Rest of the Story
7.  The History of the Universe 1
8.  The History of the Universe 2
9.  Christians and Cosmogony

10.  Earth History
11.  Earth History 2
12.  Christians and Geology
13.  Flood Geology 1
14.  Flood Geology 2
15.  Flood Geology 3  (BONUS LESSON)
16.  Darwin
17.  After Darwin

18.  Evolution 1
19.  Evolution 2
20.  Evolution 3
21.  Creation Biology 1
22.  Creation Biology 2
23.  Human Origins (BONUS LESSON)
24.  Creationism Retrospective
25.  Parting Thoughts

Notice that the BONUS LESSONs were never actually presented during the Sunday school.  So if you were there for every class, you never saw those lessons.  I'm really excited about finishing work on this, and I'm looking forward to helping other Christians understand what all the hub-bub is about.  What's it like taking this course?  Here's one review posted to our Facebook page:
Intro to Origins Part 1 is a great course. I am viewing the lessons a 2nd time and it is both a blessing to the mind and heart. In the early sessions this course accomplishes several things, among which are shedding light on "faith", "reason", and "science" -- concepts which many do not pause to carefully define before plunging into debate. If you are just beginning your creation studies this is an excellent place to start. But it is also recommended as a re-introduction for those of us who have studied for some time. Intellectual honesty....Christian charity.....straight talk.....spiritually refreshing and mentally stimulating.
How do you take the course?  Click the images above to go to the course page at Core Academy of Science.  The price is $50 per course, but for a limited time, you can use the code CORESCI2015 to get 25% off.  If you have other questions, check out our new FAQ page.

Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com.