Contemporary Post-Modern Apologetics 202 (New Testament)


Spring 2022 Semester: February 14 through June 12 (17 weeks) Format: 100% Online, self-paced
Average Completion Time: 80-90 hours Earn: Course Completion Badge


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What this course is about

Thinking well about Scripture also means being able to answer the hard questions posed in the culture and church today. In this course, Dr. Bass focuses on New Testament controversies that in today’s conversation provokes criticism of the Bible as a reliable source of spiritual, theological, and historical truth. The goal is to expose how scholarly discussions as well as amateur discussions (those in the media or online environments) misrepresent these biblical controversial topics.

What you will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify New Testament controversies that provide contemporary skepticism about the Bible’s veracity.
  • Discern the basis of skeptical criticism about controversial biblical topics and how to engage the issues honestly.
  • Deconstruct skeptical conclusions about controversial topics and probe for points of incoherence.
  • Apply rules for sound thinking to critique skeptical conclusions and formulate coherent alternatives.

How this course is taught

This course is completely online and self-paced. It consists of 15 modules that are structured as follows:

Component Description
Objectives These identify the module's key ideas and concepts.
Gather Knowledge You will read texts, watch videos, and/or listen to podcasts to learn about a module's topic.
Expand My Knowledge You will watch a 45-60 minute pre-recorded lecture by Dr. Heiser to build on what they learned.
Apply My Knowledge You will complete a quiz and/or join a class discussion to use what they learned.
Additional Resources Other articles, graphics, websites, etc. shared during the lecture or more material to go deeper in your learning of the topic are provided to you.
Module  Topic 
 01 Introducing Modern Academic Jesus Research
 02 Gospel Historicity: Introductions to the Sources
 03 Are the Gospels Historically Reliable?
 04 Introducing the Synoptic Problem
 05 Christ Myth and the Historical Jesus
 06 Messianic Hope
 07 Jesus the Messiah and the Messianic Pretenders
 08 High Christology, Part 1: Who do you think you are? God?
 09 High Christology, Part 2: Who is this Son of Man?
 10 The Resurrection, Part 1: The Sources and Bedrock Facts
 11 The Resurrection, Part 2: The Rise of the Nazarenes
 12 The Orthodox Corruption of the New Testament
 13 Searching for the New Testament Canon
 14 Act 17: Paul's Strategy to Win the Culture
 15 Justin Martyr and the Early Apologists


Dr. Justin W. Bass has a Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament Studies. He has formally debated Dr. Bart Ehrman, Dr. Richard Carrier, Dan Barker and Mufti Hussain Kamani. Dr. Bass’ latest book The Bedrock of Christianity: The Unalterable Facts of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection was released April 8, 2020. He has also written The Battle for the Keys: Revelation 1:18 and Christ’s Descent into the Underworld.

He is currently teaching at Dallas Christian College and teaching courses online at Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Jordan and Asian Christian Academy in India.

When he is not working, he is reading, watching movies (usually The Lord of the Rings), and spending time with his high school sweetheart Allison Bass and their two kids Arianna (11) and Christian (8). Subscribe to Dr. Bass’ newsletter for the latest updates at



Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and are provided in the course.

Technology Requirements:

You must be technologically capable to take this online course. Below is a list of the technology used in this course.

Technology Description
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Some instructional material is provided as a PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended for this course. With this tool, you can view, annotate, and print PDF documents. Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for free.


This course is facilitated through the learning management system Brightspace. When you enroll in this course, you will either checkout as an existing student and sign into your Brightspace account, or as a new student and create a new account. It is important you make note of your username and password. Review the Brightspace Platform Requirements as well as check your system capability.

Brightspace Pulse App

You can take the course on a mobile device through the Brightspace Pulse app. It is available for download from any Google Play or Apple App store. Review the Brightspace Pulse Platform Requirements.


The pre-recorded lectures are hosted in Vimeo and are embedded in each module. A Vimeo account is not required to watch the lectures. Review the System Requirements for Viewing, Browsing, and Apps.

To successfully complete this course, you must take all 15 quizzes within the course/semester start and end dates. There is no minimum grade requirements to pass a quiz and you have unlimited attempts. Once you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a Course Completion Badge, which is issued within 14 business days after the course/semester ends.

You do not receive a grade for this course. The focus is on learning and mastering the concepts.

Additional Information:


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