Know Why You Believe
Zondervan Academic

Know Why You Believe

This course introduces you to compelling reasons for a belief in God, the Bible, and the foundational teachings of the Christian faith.

At a Glance

  • Introduction to the core doctrines of the Christian faith and defenses of those doctrines
  • Insights into how to apply Christian faith to the “why” questions of life and engage in Christian apologetics
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; readings enhanced by key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the textbook Know Why You Believe within the course and via an eReader
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


110 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

The Christian life depends upon faith, but there are good reasons for that faith. The Know Why You Believe course answers the "why" questions both Christians and non-Christians often ask, laying out a simple and convincing case for the core teachings of Christianity.

This course is useful for both traditional and non-traditional students wanting to better understand defenses of Christian belief. Each unit covers a foundational teaching and includes a rationale for that teaching, responses to common objections, reflection questions to prompt further consideration, and suggested readings for further study.

This course is supported by the textbook Know Why You Believe, authored K. Scott Oliphint.

All course material—video lectures, readings, pronunciation guides, review questions, and assessments—is available online for study at your own convenience.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Why Believe in the Bible
  3. Why Believe in God
  4. Why Believe in Jesus
  5. Why Believe in miracles
  6. Why Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead
  7. Why Believe in Salvation
  8. Why Believe in Life after Death
  9. Why Believe in God in the Face of Modern Science
  10. Why Believe in God Despite the Evil in the World
  11. Why Believe in Christianity Alone
  12. Conclusion


About the Technology

Author & Instructor

K. Scott Oliphint
Dr. K. Scott Oliphint

PhD., Westminster Theological Seminary

K. Scott Oliphint is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and is the author of numerous articles and books, including Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology and Covenantal Apologetics. He is also coeditor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and a contributor to Four Views on Christianity and Philosophy.