Details for Apologetics

Is it possible to make sense of Christian faith in the 21st century? This course explores traditional "proofs" of the existence of God, and analyses their contemporary relevance. It considers the relationship between theology and science, and provides students with tools to defend central elements of the gospel. Students are also challenged to put theory into practice by engaging in discussions about faith with non-Christians.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE310
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Jon Newton

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Apologetics

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Outcomes

  1. Appraise the development of apologetic method from modernity to post-modernity;
  2. Judge, positively and negatively, key arguments of atheism and defend central tenets of Christian faith;
  3. Explain ways of integrating science and faith and utilise the sciences as pointers to God;
  4. Assess alternate ways of conceiving of divine intervention ( miracles, resurrection etc);
  5. Evaluate traditional arguments for the existence of God and assess contemporary revisions.

Subject Content

  1. Science and faith 
  2. Divine intervention 
  3. Understanding and explaining the existence of God 
  4. Historical development of apologetic method 
  5. Atheism

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Worksheet (10%)
  • Book Review (25%)
  • Major Essay (40%)
  • Group Project (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided