Missouri Southern State University (January 22, 2005)

BHIM has developed a six-hour apologetic seminar to prepare college students to share Christ with their peers. Understanding others’ questions about Christianity and answering those questions with gentleness and respect is emphasized.

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To evaluate the seminar these students took a pretest and posttest. They answered 10 questions on a 10-point scale, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. The results of the pretests and posttests are compared above to measure the students’ increase or decrease in their confidence about sharing Christ. The questions, average pretest and posttest scores, and variance are given below. The scores have been converted to a 100-point scale. Student confidence increased in every area, averaging an 29.1 % increase.
Question
Pretest Avg.
Posttest Avg.
Variance
1.How confident are you about talking with your peers about God being all-loving and all powerful, yet evil and suffering existing in this world?
61
84
23
2.How confident are you about talking with your peers about the intellectual approach to evil and suffering?
49
79
30
3.How confident are you about talking with your peers about the religious aspect of evil and suffering?
55
84
29
4.How confident are you about talking with your peers about why God created a world in which evil and suffering could exist?
60
89
29
5.How confident are you about talking with your peers about what the Bible teaches concerning evil and suffering?
43
83
40
6.How confident are you about talking with your peers about what the Bible says about itself?
64
83
19
7.How confident are you about talking with your peers about the reliability of the historical information in the New Testament?
65
90
25
8.How confident are you about talking with your peers about God being all-loving and all powerful, yet evil and suffering existing in this world??
55
89
34
9.How confident are you about talking with your peers about the references to the New Testament and Christianity in other ancient writings?
38
80
43
10.How confident are you about talking with your peers who claim that the Bible is not the Word of God?
60
81
21


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