Apologia is Greek for defense.
1 Peter 3:15 (ESV): “...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
For this reason, we at Trinity teach our students to study apologetics from a scientific perspective. Our faith and our pursuit of scientific discovery are so integrated that we have one department for both disciplines, called the Department of Theology and Science.
The department's vision is for students to understand how the scientific disciplines and the book of nature, which do not contradict the book of Scripture, support the scientific predictions of the Christian worldview. The goal is to develop students:
- Who understand the content of scientific disciplines
- Who have developed tools of learning through exposure to scientific disciplines
- Who include scientific discovery as part of the foundation to their Christian faith
- Who have developed a sense of awe and wonder for God’s creation and who see the design aspect of creation
To that end, one of the events we have produced for our students is the Scientific Apologia Symposium. Each year, an expert in their field comes to speak to our Upper School students. A four-year rotation of subjects is comprised of: cosmic origins, life origins, cosmic design and life design. This year, students are learning about cosmic design (the age of the earth). The guest speaker for this event was Dr. Matthew McLain, Associate Professor of Geology at The Master's University. He spoke to Logic School and Rhetoric School students, altering the presentation to be grade-appropriate.
Both sessions were recorded and you can watch them HERE, by finding the Symposium on the right under past events.