The core of The Heart of the Matter is an experiential study of the Nicene Creed which is densely packed with doctrine and history. Each line provides an opportunity for students to learn some pertinent background and then delve into personal issues, challenging them to answer the deepest of questions. What does it mean to me that God created the world? How did Jesus save me and why did I need saving? What is the church? What is life about and what happens next? A beginning unit on comparative religion surveys the three major Christian families as well as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Finally, students engage in a “summing up” of thought and plan and participate in a service project.