This course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental issues of philosophy through the study of its basic terminology and concepts, as well as the philosophers, philosophical movements, and problems that have shaped the Western world. It also serves as an introduction to critical thinking and philosophical reflection. Time will be given to the philosophical development of a personal worldview, examining how various factors affect one's views of the major academic disciplines and their application to contemporary issues and science.
This course is designed to help students establish a Biblical foundational philosophy for ministering to youth and to introduce students to basic skills and competencies necessary for effective youth ministry in any culture. Emphasis will be placed on understanding non-negotiable Biblical principles, exploring characteristics unique to youth and youth culture, and applying ministry principles to the specific needs of adolescents.