well, if they don't do any apologetics, then it's ok to find that out too.gratitude wrote:I really haven't known if MFW did any apologetics
What is MFW's approach to apolgetics or learning how to "defend" what one believes.
how is it done/approached in middle and high schools...
I think that instead of "getting all answers".. MFW has given us Thinking Skills and reading the entire Bible.
in high school, it really is "look at this topic" now look at what the Bible says...
if you are looking for books that are "if your friends say this, then you need to smack them over the head with scripture?" that ain't mfw....
some of the books go there on some topics:
*apologia science. I like the style of Jay Wile's book where he talks like a scientist who is trying to be respectful of presenting information about topics. in a few places he gets on his soapbox. ok who doesn't? He talks about old earth and young earth and is clear what he believes, but isn't rude about what others believe. on the topic of global warming, he gets his breechers in a wad as we say down south
*I found the digging deeper questions in Progeny Press to have some apolgetics... not necessarily bash them over the head style.. but rather, the "here is a topic for discussion. read these verses and discuss"
*same thing going on with writing assignments in high school... here is the issue... compare thoughts and actions of the characters in myths and stories and novels with what scripture says... whaddya think?
*New Answers Book in 9th grade.. I hear that's apologetics... Julie? right? yeah?
*I'm guessing that whole Thinking LIke a Christian...
this answer only scratches at the surface to give conversation starters.
gratitude wrote: I love the conversation starter... I hope it starts one.
Julie's right... it's not a quick, oh my...here's my answered this one a gazzilon times and type it in my sleep like how to do the problem in singapore 5a exercise 10 number 4.Julie in MN wrote:These types of deeper questions take time, so the answers might not be as fast as the others
basically, I think my experience has been ... watching my oldest have thinking and writing assignments that give her opportunity to think about how she'd like to hold conversations with others on big topics.
I can't pinpoint "ooh. .it was this assignment" or "ooh... because we used this book" (well.. maybe Wile's stuff.. but not Ham's).. but I can give you a clearer picture of how it goes in our life.
My husband's family loves to debate while having conversations.
Let me rephrase that... my husband and his brothers love to argue. It's how they relate and play cards... His baby brother (who is about to become a grandfather!) is an attorney. ok. John is a scientist. Middle brother - well.. he's middle child, what can I say?
Last time we were all together a few weeks ago, the conversation at the card table turned to religion or politics or both. We are the right wingers in that side of the family. The rest are opposite of us. My daughter started to just tell her stories and her beliefs about topics and asked questions. Then at one point she said "This is what is so nice about sharing with all of you. You let me talk about what I think and why I think it and don't make fun of me for it. I just like the discussion"
so... she wasn't out to win the debate or even to convert them... But she wasn't afraid to listen to what they were saying either and said "That's interesting point. I read this and think this and that.. and " it's wasn't from a bash them over the head thing.. or this is what to say to the person knocking at the door......
oh well.. I guess that's not a poster child testimony... but, she's only 16. I didn't raise an evangelist who'd knock your socks off and have them crying in the aisles..... But being who she is in Christ is just part of who she is becoming and it's as natural for her to talk about her faith as it is to talk about archery or secular history or math or chemistry..... it's just part of it everyday....
maybe that's what David Hazell has meant all along with his "pie analogy"...
so.... I guess what it comes down to... you have to know what you want them to be in that area.. model that lifestyle. yes... some of it is covered in mfw. there are no guarantees