Class on Evidence for God's Existence

Dwell has a number of classes starting soon. You can check out all the options at this link. James Rochford will be teaching "Does God Exist? Three Lines of Evidence," a 3-week class starting May 25th. He says the class will be great for both Christians and non-Christians:

What will you be covering in the class?

In 2012, I wrote Evidence Unseen: Exposing the Myth of Blind Faith. Since then, a decade has passed, and I wanted to update the research on some of the arguments from cosmology and design. So, we will be covering (1) the cosmological argument, (2) the fine-tuning argument, and (3) the argument from the origin of life. The evidence for these arguments has only grown in the past decade, and I look forward to sharing some of these new discoveries.

Why is it important for Christians who don't naturally ponder that question to think it through?

Now more than ever Christians need to have a robust and thoughtful defense for their faith. Sociologically, secularism is on the rise, and now is the time to develop a strong and defensible Christian worldview. 

Can someone who struggles with doubt come to strong confidence about the answer to this question?

Those of us who doubt need to move toward their doubts, not away from them. At its core, the Christian worldview is rock solid on the big questions. Doubters need to take a step of faith by doing the study and engaging their minds. 

What's the format of the class?

I plan to cover each subject in three waves. First, I'll give the 5 minute presentation of the argument to keep it simple. Second, I'll give a 50 minute presentation of the argument to show the nuances. Third and finally, I'll answer objections to each argument. I hope to "throw the ball so people can catch it," while also giving people depth to each argument.