7.5 Apologetics
7.5.1 Masters Level...
7.5.2 Th.M./Ph.D. Level
Courses

7.5.1 Masters Level Courses


AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics
Purpose:

  • 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 in order to understand the surrounding culture

Topics covered include the biblical basis for apologetics, developing a world and life view, the issue of meaning, presuppositionalism, 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 semester, three hours. Mr. Edgar, Scott Oliphint.

AP 213 Principles of Christian Apologetics
Purpose:

  • 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 evidences 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. Prerequisites, AP 101, and NT 013, or equivalent, completed or in progress.
  Spring semester, three hours. Mr. Oliphint.

AP 403 Reformed Objection to Natural Theology
  See AP 703. Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Oliphint

AP 413 Christianity in Conflict I
  See AP 713. Winter term, three hours.  (Not offered in 2011-2012). Mr. Edgar.

AP 433 Christianity and the Arts
  See AP 733. Spring semester, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Edgar.

AP 441 The Apologetics of Cornelius Van Til
  See AP 721. Fall semester, two hours.  Mr. Oliphint.

AP 444 Christianity in Conflict II
  See AP 743. Winter term,  two hours. Mr. Edgar.

AP 453 Christianity in Conflict III
  See AP 753. Winter term, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012). Mr. Edgar.

AP 463 Christianity in Conflict IV
  See AP 763. Winter term, two hours.  (Not given in 2011-2012). Mr. Edgar.

AP 511 Christianity and Film
Purpose:

  • 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; the idea of “story” and representation in film. A key question: What do we learn through film of other human beings, of our own hearts, and even of God himself? Students will watch and journal about one film per week. The weekly film will be watched outside of class time.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Edgar.

AP 522 Music and Worship in the Changing Church
Purpose:

  • 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, worshipers, 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 543 Intercultural Apologetics
  See AP 843. Spring semester, two hours. (Not given in 2010-2011.) Mr. Park.

AP 566 Theodicy
  See AP 861.  Prerequisites, AP 101. Fall semester, two hours.  (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Edgar.

AP 583 The Problem of Knowledge and Christianity
  See AP 883. Prerequisites, AP 101. Spring semester, two hours.  (Not given in 2011-2012). Mr. Oliphint.

AP 591 Jacques Ellul as an Apologist
Purpose:

  • To be thoroughly acquainted with the work of the French sociologist Jacques Ellul
  • To interact with his views on power, ethics, Scripture, politics, economics, and technique

Topics covered include the study of several of Ellul’s books, using an inductive approach. Special emphasis will be on the major themes in his writings, such as technique, propaganda, economics, and power.
  Fall semester, two hours. (Not given 2011-2012) Mr. Edgar.

AP 603 Cultural Analysis
  See AP 903. Prerequisites, AP 101. Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Edgar.

AP 623 The Apologetics of C. S. Lewis
  See AP 923. Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Park.

AP 631 Philosophy for Theologians
  See AP 931. Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2010-2011.) Mr. Oliphint.

AP 653 The Challenge of Islam
  See AP 953. Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Edgar.

AP 663 Warrant and Christian Epistemology
  See AP 963. Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Oliphint.

AP 681 Theology of Science
  See AP 981. Prerequisites, ST 113, and AP 101, completed or in progress.
  Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Poythress.


AP 683  Topics in Science and Apologetics
Purpose:

  • 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. Mr. Poythress.