Homeschool Review ~ Apologia Educational Ministries

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What evidence is there that tells us that the Bible is reliable? How were the books of the Old and New Testament chosen? Why are some books and letters left out of the Bible? Why are Catholic Bibles different from other Bibles?

ApologiaHow would you answer these question? CAN you answer these question? The scripture tell us that we should always be ready to give a defense for what we believe, but if one doesn’t really understand what one believes, then that is a problem. This is one reason why I think the Apologia Education Ministries iWitness series from Doug Powell is so important.

What is Apologia Educational Ministries:

I had the opportunity to review three of the books from the iWitness series. Each softcover book (about 60 pages each) is $14.00 and on a reading level for those 11 years old and up.

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Old Testament iWitness: I started with this book. It made sense to begin with the Old Testament, although each book can stand alone. This book covered topics such as original manuscripts, the copying of manuscripts, the Torah, criteria for scripture, the Apocrypha, and the Dead Sea scrolls.

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New Testament iWitness: This book covered canon criteria for the New Testament books, early church leaders and writers, synoptic problems, left out letters and books, copies and number of copies, and textual criticisms.

new-testament-iwitness_zps0ef0bdafiWitness Biblical Archaeology: This book starts out explaining why archaeological finds are so important – “Because in addition to ancient history the Bible claims to tell the truth about the nature of the world, ourselves, God and our relationship with him.” (page 2) Beginning with the flood, Powell introduces different archaeological finds and what they reveal, or how they “match” the scriptures.

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How We Used The Product:

Being a Bible Teacher, I am fascinated by the information in these books and they are filled with knowledge that I want to have in my brain. I started out reading the Old Testament book to my 7 year old, but he timed out after 2 pages and did not care about what we were reading. {If you have younger children, I do not advise you to use these books with them. Stick with the recommended age.} Therefore, I read the books myself.

When I read books like this, I try to think critically because my faith tells me I want everything, science, the scriptures, facts, data…everything…I want it all to jive, match up, and prove that what I believe is true. But sometimes that doesn’t happen, OR authors will attempt to MAKE facts fit into the puzzle, when really, there just is not enough information to draw a solid conclusion.

Doug Powell seems to have solid facts and a good bibliography at the end of each book. The books are not written in such a way that the author includes his opinions. He presents facts, what scholars have concluded, scientific evidence, traditions, and photos and then allows the reader to draw his own conclusions.

Reaching out to others

Sailing on the Seven Cs
Ingredients of friendship

Everybody Wants to Find a Friend
Reaching out to others

Sharing Friends
Including others in play

Happy as Happy Can Be
Being happy with a friend

Together
Sharing time/saying goodbye

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Sailing on the Seven Cs
Ingredients of friendship

Everybody Wants to Find a Friend
Reaching out to others

Sharing Friends
Including others in play

Happy as Happy Can Be
Being happy with a friend

Together
Sharing time/saying goodbye

– See more at: http://happykidssongs.com/buy-now/friends-sharing/#sthash.Ye5uPSR5.dpuf

Recommendation:

These would be great books to read, study, and use when wanting to learn apologetics. I plan on rereading these!

Overall, Apologia Education Ministries earns 5 FFS Aliens out of 5 FFS Aliens for homeschool Biblical Resource friendliness!

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