We offer a range of Apologetics courses, from the foundational elements to specialized areas. Choose courses that fulfill your degree or certificate requirements along with classes that align with your desires and interests.
Apologetics Master's Level Courses
AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics
- To introduce students to Christian apologetics
- To learn the art of Christian persuasion
- To learn how to lift up Christ and give reasons for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15)·
- To develop tools to understand the surrounding culture
Topics covered include the biblical basis for apologetics, developing a world-and-life view, the issue of meaning, covenantal apologetics, engaging contemporary culture, and highlights in the history of apologetics. We will give special attention to the problem of meaning, the problem of evil, world religions (including Islam), science and faith, reason and revelation, and aesthetics.
Fall and Spring semesters, three hours. Dr. Edgar, Dr. Oliphint, Dr. Wynne.
AP 213 Principles of Christian Apologetics
- To build on the principles established in AP 101
- To establish the Scriptural warrant for the Christian faith
- To understand the place and importance of evidence in apologetics
- To establish biblical principles necessary for a defense of Christianity
Topics covered include the nature and structure of arguments, an in-depth analysis and critique of some of the traditional proofs for the existence of God, and the necessity of a Reformed doctrine of revelation for apologetics.
Spring semester, three hours. Dr. Oliphint.
Prerequisites: AP 101 and NT 013 (or equivalent), completed or in progress.
AP 403 Reformed Objection to Natural Theology
See AP 703. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Oliphint.
AP 413 Christianity in Conflict I
See AP 713. Winter term, three hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 433 Christianity and the Arts
See AP 733. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 441 The Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til
See AP 721. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Oliphint.
AP 444 Christianity in Conflict II
See AP 743. Winter term, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 453 Christianity in Conflict III
See AP 753. Winter term, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 463 Christianity in Conflict IV
See AP 763. Winter term, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 473 Christianity in Conflict V
See AP 773. Winter term, two hours. Dr. Edgar
AP 511 Christianity and Film
- To learn how to “read” a film (in general)
- To explore the role of film in contemporary culture (i.e., how film reflects and shapes culture)
- To develop a Christian framework for looking at film
Topics covered include film and culture, and the idea of “story” and representation in film. A key question: What do we learn of other human beings, of our own hearts, and even of God Himself through film ?
Students will watch and journal about one film per week. The weekly film will be watched outside of class time.
Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 522 Music and Worship in the Changing Church
- To acquaint students with several issues surrounding music and worship in today’s church
- To arrive at certain solutions for the challenges involved
- To look at these issues from the point of view of the pastor, worshippers, and musicians
- To understand the balance between preaching, music, and liturgy
Topics covered include Bible study, the history of music in worship, comparative evaluations of church worship styles, field work in several churches, and discussions of hymns and other worship music.
Winter term, two hours. Mr. Ward.
AP 541 Secularization Theory
See AP 841. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 543 Intercultural Apologetics
See AP 843. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Park.
AP 566 Theodicy
See AP 861. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
Prerequisites: AP 101.
AP 583 The Problem of Knowledge and Christianity
See AP 883. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Oliphint.
Prerequisites: AP 101.
AP 591 Jacques Ellul as an Apologist
See AP 891. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 603 Cultural Analysis
See AP 903. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
Prerequisites: AP 101.
AP 623 The Apologetics of C. S. Lewis
See AP 923. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Park.
AP 631 Philosophy for Theologians
See AP 931. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Oliphint.
AP 653 The Challenge of Islam
See AP 953. Fall semester, two hours. Dr. Edgar.
AP 663 Warrant and Christian Epistemology
See AP 963. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Oliphint.
AP 681 Theology of Science
See AP 981. Spring semester, two hours. Dr. Poythress.
Prerequisites: ST 113 and AP 101, completed or in progress.
AP 693 Topics in Science and Apologetics
- To introduce principles of apologetics of science
- To enhance skills in analysis and research in apologetics and theology of science
- To enhance skills in communicating issues in science and apologetics to a broader public
Topics covered may include both perennial issues (miracle, providence, "natural law," general revelation) and issues of current interest, such as cosmology, Darwinism, human origin, days of creation, Noah's flood, environmentalism, science education, and the "new atheism."
Topics may vary depending on student interest. The course will be conducted mostly as a discussion and seminar, interacting with student research. This course may be taken more than once.
Spring semester, one hour. Dr. Poythress.