12 Credit Points (CPS)
On successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- Demonstrate developing knowledge and understanding of Christian apologetics.
Be able to
- Analyse the nature of Christian apologetics
- Comment critically on Critiques of Christianity from a Christian perspective
- Demonstrate skills in defending the truth claims of the Christian faith
- Present analytical evidence-based perspectives on Christian apologetics
Be in a position to
- Apply perspectives from ‘Christian Apologetics’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry contexts
Section A: Apologetics and the Nature of Truth
- The definition of apologetics; its relation to theology, study of religion and mission.
- A brief review of intellectual attacks upon Christian faith and Christian responses, including the Apologists, Augustine, Aquinas, the Enlightenment, Darwinianism, secular humanism.
- A review of Christian faith and its bearing upon truth as discerned in history, nature and society; the uniqueness of Christian revelation; the questions of truth, presuppositions and verification; epistemology.
Section B: Critiques of Christian Faith
- Historical: the reliability of the Scriptures; the historicity of Christ and his Resurrection; the emergence of the church.
- Philosophical: atheism, pantheism, monism, deism, divine providence and miracles; scientific method; evil and suffering.
- Behavioural: anthropological, sociological and psychological; behaviourism; Freudianism.
Section C: Alternatives to Christian Belief
- Non-supernatural alternatives: agnostic humanism; atheistic existentialism; Marxism; moralism; scientism and technocracy.
- Supernatural alternatives: occultism; religious relativism; syncretism; New Age movements.