Martin Luther College
Continuing Education online courses
Creation Apologetics 101 and 102
What are the general assumptions of evolution?
What would you say to a student who continues to be tempted by evolution?
How do the creation apologetics of a Confessional Lutheran differ from that of a Baptist?
In what ways do some Christians attempt to make the Bible conform to millions of years?
Creation Apologetics 101 answers these questions and more.
Creation Apologetics 102 goes in-depth, building on that foundation.
These MLC courses provide a solid introduction to apologetics as applied to the realm of creation and evolution within the context of Lutheran ministry. While designed for those in the teaching ministry, these courses would also be excellent for pastors and laity.
Creation Apologetics 101
MLC course SCI9001, 1-credit, 5 weeks,
Register before class begins: October 16 to November 17, 2017.
Spring semester planned dates: April 2 to May 4, 2018.
Lesson 1: Introductions.
Lesson 2: What is Creation Apologetics?
Lesson 3: Creation Apologetics Used in the WELS.
Lesson 4: A Closer Look at Science.
Lesson 5: Did God Use Evolution to Create?
Lesson 6: Exploring Creation Apologetics.
Lesson 7: Creation Apologetics in the Classroom.
Lesson 8: Reflection.
Creation Apologetics 102
MLC course SCI9002, 1-credit, 5 weeks, 101 is prerequisite.
Planned for late 2018.
Lesson 1: Introductions, Review of Creation Apologetics 101.
Lesson 2: Know Evolution: The Evolution Story is a Mixture of Reality and Fabrication (Part 1).
Lesson 3: Poor Apologetics.
Lesson 4: Creation Apologetics Organizations.
Lesson 5: Know Evolution: The Evolution Story is a Mixture of Reality and Fabrication (Part 2).
Lesson 6: Critiquing Books By Evolutionists.
Lesson 7: Integrating Creation Apologetics into the Classroom.
Lesson 8: Reflection.
Work on Your Schedule
MLC online courses are taught asynchronously, meaning that you do the work on your schedule, but you still must meet regular due dates. This particular course allows you to do much of the work up to one week in advance. Student discussions are a significant part of the learning process, and those discussions take place over specific one or two day periods. Students are expected to log in to class a minimum of five days per week during this five week course.
Your Time Commitment
MLC requires that online courses have the same student workload as face-to-face courses, which is roughly 37.5 hours per credit. The actual workload will vary widely from student to student. A few students may complete Creation Apologetics 101 in only 30 hours, a few others may require 55 hours, but most should be closer to 37.5 hours. If the material is new to you, and you wish to learn as much as possible, then you will probably need more than 45 hours to complete this course.
Your course instructor is Mark Bergemann, a retired electrical engineer whose pastimes include maintaining the gardens and forest on his half-acre “estate” (which includes two bamboo groves), watching Japanese anime, and studying theology. For decades his passion has been to study and write about creation apologetics. More than 30 years of leading evangelism programs provide a solid foundation for his apologetic endeavors. For many years he directed summer VBS, Christmas-For-Kids, and outreach booths at community fairs, all while serving as chair of his congregation’s Evangelism Board. He currently serves as president, editor, and webmaster of the Lutheran Science Institute, a 43 year old WELS affiliated creation apologetics ministry.
Per the MLC Continuing Education Handbook, "Students may audit courses. Auditing courses requires attendance and participation but does not require examination or major assignments. Audit students pay the same rate of tuition and fees as student taking courses for credit."
Use the following MLC links for more information about online courses and to enroll. As you enroll, note that you will find Creation Apologetics 101 listed under the “science” category.
Links to MLC website:
Registration and tuition for fall 2017.
FAQ and other details.