Apologetics (APOL)

Apologetics (APOL)

APOL 500  Introduction to Apologetics  3 Credit Hour(s)  

This course surveys the basic issues in apologetics such as apologetic method, the biblical basis for apologetics, and the relationship between faith and reason. Then it turns to consideration of various apologetic issues, including the inerrancy of the Bible, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the existence of God. Finally, the student will be exposed to major worldviews extant today and will consider responses to modern apologetic challenges to Christianity, such as postmodernism, and religious pluralism.

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 520  History of Christian Apologetics  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A survey of the history of Christian apologetics. The course will offer a contextualized study of key apologists in the history of Christianity including Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Origen, Augustine, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, William Paley, B. B. Warfield, and C. S. Lewis. The study will focus upon the contribution of each apologist to Christian thought.

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 525  Pluralism and World Religions  3 Credit Hour(s)  

A contrast between the truth-claims of the major world religions and the uniqueness of Christian theistic apologetics, both in content and method. (Formerly APOL 560)

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 550  Faith and Reason  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: APOL 500

An introduction to basic issues in the intersection between faith and reason. The course will provide an introduction to the use of logic in apologetics and will consider key issues such as the nature of God, the definition of faith, religious epistemology, the nature of man and the human mind, and divine providence.

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 610  Miracles  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Presents a detailed study of contemporary denials of miracles, emphasizing the resurrection of Jesus and the part it plays in Christian apologetics and theology.

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 620  Evil, Suffering, and Hell  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: APOL 550

An advanced study of the differing forms of the problem of evil and suffering. The course will explore the problem and investigate various theodicies and responses to the problem. Attention will also be given to the issue of hell and eternal damnation.

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 630  Current Issues in Apologetics  3 Credit Hour(s)  

Prerequisite: APOL 500

An investigation of current issues and trends in apologetics, such as the intersection of science and religion, the problem of evil, atheism, or secularism.

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 679  Apologetics Capstone  3 Credit Hour(s)  

The student should be able to demonstrate an ability to reflect, integrate and apply apologetics knowledge to a specific problem facing Christianity. Apologetic reflection should be transformational, in that it influences, motivates, and empowers the student to live for Christ and further His kingdom.

Registration Restrictions: Must complete at least 24 semester hours toward the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics degree

Offered: Resident and Online

APOL 695  Directed Research in Apologetics  1-3 Credit Hour(s)  

Designed for the advanced student in good standing who has demonstrated an ability to work independently. The student will work with the instructor in developing a proposal for guided research in a specified area of Apologetics.

Offered: Online

APOL 697  Seminar in Apologetics  1-3 Credit Hour(s)  

An intensive study in a specific subject of Apologetics. This course allows variation in the approach and content of the regular curriculum and often will be used by visiting professors.

Offered: Resident and Online

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