Why Biblical Worldview and Apologetics?

DeepRoots is dedicated to equipping students with a biblical worldview by helping them realize the truth of God’s design for human beings. Studying worldview in conjunction with apologetics, students can grow more confident in Christ. They will be able to care for other people by answering their objections to Christianity and offering them reasons that support the truth.

VIDEOS

Equipping Youth With a Biblical Worldview

By Dr. Sean McDowell

Assistant Professor, Biola University’s Master of Arts Program in Christian Apologetics, best-selling author of over 18 books, internationally recognized speaker, and part-time high school teacher

“It’s amazing - all these students from Christian backgrounds - the moment they’re in a classroom and their professor says anything, either antagonistically or subtly, about the Bible not being true or Jesus not being the Son of God, or evolution being true and God not being the Creator, it rocks their faith. And many of them never recover.”

“Studies show that of High School students who say they are followers of Jesus and they are engaged in church, between 40-59% will disengage the church during the university years...Studies show that about 30-60% of students are coming back, but that means roughly 40-70% are not. That’s huge!”

Why Christians Need to be More Thoughtful About Their Faith

By Jim Wallace

Cold case homicide detective, author of four books, Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Biola University, hosts weekly television show—Cold Case Christianity, internationally recognized speaker

J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Leon Fontaine of the Leon Show and talks about the kinds of answers we typically give when someone asks us, “Why are you a Christian?” Are our answers to this question based on the evidence for Christianity or our emotional experience as Christians? Do our answers matter, and if so, why?

How Do We Teach Youth Apologetics?

By Brett Kunkle

Student Impact Director for Stand to Reason, leader and trainer for youth apologetics missions trips to engage atheists, Mormons, university students, and other non-believers, former pastor.

On The One Minute Apologist, Brett discusses how to teach youth apologetics, focusing on three points, including #1 We have to start when they are young.

The Youth Exodus: Why the Solutions Won’t be that Simple

By Ryan Huxley, MS, SE

Intelligent Design Specialist and Youth Studies Team Leader for Ratio Christi and President of the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center

Ryan Huxley is interviewed by Tony Gurule, Host of Ratio Christi Television’s Truth Matters, about the Christian youth exodus. He discusses studies, causes, and possible solutions. At 19 minutes into the half hour interview he suggests age-specific resources for parents and grandparents, including DeepRoots.

ARTICLES

An Introduction to Apologetics

CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry) Carm.org

“Christian apologetics is that branch of Christianity that deals with answering any and all critics who oppose or question the revelation of God in Christ and the Bible. It can include studying such subjects as biblical manuscript transmission, philosophy, biology, mathematics, evolution, and logic. But it can also consist of simply giving an answer to a question about Jesus or a Bible passage. The latter case is by far the most common and you don’t have to read a ton of books to do that.”

America’s Changing Religious Landscape

“Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow”

Pew Research Center, May 12, 2015

“The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing...”

Millennials Leaving Church in Droves, Study Finds

By Daniel Burke

CNN Religion Editor, May 14, 2015

“...almost every major branch of Christianity in the United States has lost a significant number of members, Pew found, mainly because millennials are leaving the fold. More than one-third of millennials now say they are unaffiliated with any faith, up 10 percentage points since 2007. The alacrity of their exodus surprises even seasoned experts.”

Why Do Kids Leave the Church? Don't Forget Bad Theology!

By Dr. Sean McDowell

Assistant Professor, Biola University’s Master of Arts Program in Christian Apologetics, best-selling author of over 18 books, internationally recognized speaker, and part-time high school teacher

“There has been a lot of talk recently about why kids leave the church, including this recent post by Bishop Robert Barron, and books such as You Lost Me (Kinnaman) and Sticky Faith (Kara Powell and Chap Clark). These authors, and many others, rightly point out that issues are complex and can involve a number of different factors (moral, volitional, emotional, relational, intellectual, etc.).”

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