COURSE DISCRIPTION

The study of apologetics finds its raison d’être in the words of the Apostle Peter who encourages Christians to “be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have” (1 Peter 3:15). The answer (apologia) may have either theological or ethical dimensions or both. The church has often been and continues to be challenged to account for its faith and practice. This course will look first to the New Testament for models as to how the church understood and carried out its apologetic task. Secondly, an assessment will be made of contemporary cultural perspectives that pose a challenge to Christian faith and ethical practice. All lectures will be directed toward assisting students to develop an effective apologia.