Religious Studies (Upper School)

For Admission

Humanities
Duration : Year Long
Teachers: Andrew Darragh, Jim Ranieri, Jonathan Horner
Phone : 919-786-0114
Fax: 919-786-0621
Email : chuffstutler@trinityacademy.com

Teaching and learning in Trinity Academy’s Christian environment is so much more than attending chapel or Bible classes. Instead, Trinity endeavors to shape students who truly desire to know, love and worship their Creator by integrating Christian worldview thinking into everything we do. Whether it’s literature, science, math or a host of other classes, teachers look for ways to authentically integrate the glory of God and His love for humankind into all they teach.

Research shows us that having a Biblical worldview has been less about our own personal knowledge of Scripture or even our parents’ knowledge of Scripture, and more about whether or not our parents lived an authentic Christian life before us. Trinity faculty takes this idea seriously and realizes that our students are not just listening to what we say, they are watching what we do. We strive to live authentic, Christian lives in front of our students so they may be drawn to the One who has been wooing them all along. For the non-believing student, we take great care to respect their questions and concerns about faith, all the while praying for each of them to desire a personal relationship with Christ. For believing students, we pray tremendous growth during their time at Trinity.

Religious Studies’ classes, then, are Bible classes that import information, but they are predicated on the idea that while knowledge is good and desirable, it is the transformation of a student’s heart toward Christ that is the ultimate goal of any Bible class at Trinity.

Biblical Worldview (9th grade)

This course is designed to immerse students in the storyline of the Bible, from creation to consummation, so that they might know God, themselves, and the world more deeply and live lives that reflect a biblical worldview. Students will be encouraged to understand why focusing on worldview issues is important, to explore and remember biblical stories, to identify and grasp crucial biblical themes, to navigate the literary, cultural, geographical, and historical dimensions of the biblical storyline, to compare the worldview of the Bible with other worldviews, and ultimately to respond properly to the Bible’s claims on our daily lives. Students will read key portions of the Bible, investigate and discuss significant passages and themes, work on exercises to stimulate their thinking about the worldview of the Bible, and read helpful materials to shape their understanding.

Text: God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible, InterVarsity Press

Christian Ethics (10th grade)

The overarching objective of this course is to equip students to think through the reasons behind their behavior from a Christian worldview perspective. Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of the prevailing theories at work in contemporary Western culture, question underlying modes of ethical theory that influence their actions, distinguish a theory of ethics based on biblical virtue, and then to identify whether they are living consistently in accordance with the assumptions of their faith.

Text:      Exploring Ethics: Selected Readings, Christian Schools International

Apologetics (11th grade)

This course gives an overview of how to explain and defend one’s Christian faith in today’s postmodern, pluralistic culture. Students will learn how to think using a Christian worldview in order to answer the common questions asked in objection to the truth claims of Christianity

Text:
Exploring Apologetics: Selected Readings
, Christian Schools International
Letter to a Christian Nation, Harris
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Keller
Humility: True Greatness, Mahaney

Comparative Religions (12th grade)

The Comparative Religions course surveys the predominant religions of the world.  Focus is on learning objectively the truth claims of said religions in order to assess their validity.  Analysis takes place through reading, dialogue, and film.

Text: Experiencing the World’s Religions: Tradition, Challenge, and Change, McGraw-Hill Higher Education