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Satisfy Your College Philosophy Requirement in a Christ-Centered Online Environment

Many state universities require students to take a philosophy course as part of their general education curriculum. This can be a faith-threatening experience for some Christian students. But now you can study philosophy without putting your faith at risk in a secular environment.

For the first time, Indiana Wesleyan University is offering an introductory-level Humanities Philosophy course specifically designed for students who are either at a state university or still in high school (juniors/seniors).

This 14-week online course will expose you to the leading issues, figures, and eras in western philosophy from a Christian perspective. This class will teach you how to think critically and engage a range of philosophical perspectives with rigor and respect.

If you’re a current college student at an institution other than IWU, it may be possible to use the financial aid from your institution for this class. For details on this, or other questions about PHL-180, contact Ken Schenck at ken.schenck@indwes.edu or 765.677.2258.

Seats are limited, so apply today!

Questions about Humanities Philosophy?
Email Ken Schenck at ken.schenck@indwes.edu or call (765) 677-2258.

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About the Course

Humanities Philosophy delves into the world of knowledge, reality and existence from a Christian perspective. The course will take you through a study of philosophy within the seven major historical periods with primary consideration being given to outstanding thinkers and trends of thought such as rationalism, empiricism, idealism, realism, existentialism and naturalism. You will also have the opportunity to explore key issues such as skepticism, faith and reason, science and religion, free will and determinism, and the problem of evil. Through various workshops, online discussion and textbook studies, you will have all the tools necessary to further your education and expand your knowledge of philosophy.


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About the Professor

Dr. Scott Burson is the Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is a nationally recognized Christian apologist and author of several books, including Brian McLaren in Focus: A New Kind of Apologetics (Abilene Christian University Press, 2016); C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time (InterVarsity Press, 1998) and Holistic Apologetics: Advancing the Gospel with Moral, Emotional, Social and Rational Intelligence (Baker Academic, 2018). The last two books in this list are co-authored with Jerry L. Walls. Dr. Burson’s areas of expertise include philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, systematic theology and apologetics.

"There is a 'magnetic pull' that students feel when they take a course with Dr. Burson. His personal and philosophical skills bring students into a learning environment that is engaging and meaningful."

Brian Fry Professor of Sociology, Online Course Evaluator

Sample Lecture

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic categories, periods, names, theories and issues of western philosophy
  2. Identify and explain the primary theistic and atheistic philosophical arguments
  3. Spot philosophical assumptions embedded in various expressions of
    contemporary culture

What Students Are Saying

“PHL 180 is one of the best courses I have taken at IWU because it helped me sort through different perspectives and assisted me in figuring out what I believe and why I believe it.”

“I appreciated Dr. Burson’s passion for philosophy and that made it more enjoyable to learn. I can tell he genuinely cares about his students and wants them to succeed.” 

“I really liked how Dr. Burson incorporated multimedia clips to demonstrate the philosophical principles we were learning about. It made it a lot easier to understand the content.” 

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