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“We pray for our enemies; we seek to persuade those who hate us without cause to live conformably to the goodly precepts of Christ, that they may become partakers with us of the joyful hope of blessings from God, the Lord of all.” — Justin Martyr


Did You Know

While the term apologia began when Paul defended the faith to Agrippa and Festus (Acts), Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, and Jerome are considered the great early apologists.

Exploring Approaches to Apologetics

Course Number: CA513


Senior Professor of Christian and Historical Theology at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado

Course Description:

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (I Peter 3:15). Peter’s words ring true in today’s world. In this course, learners compare biblical, historical, and recent approaches to defending faith in God, Christ, and Scripture. The course emphasizes the apologetics of Peter among Jews in Jerusalem (Acts 2), and Paul among the Gentiles in Athens (Acts 17). It compares the influential approaches of Augustine and Aquinas, but focuses primarily on the approaches of six apologists who led in the resurgence of evangelicalism during the last half of the 20th century.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Summarize relevant Biblical teaching on apologetics, comparing and contrasting Peter’s approach to Jews and Paul’s approach to Gentiles.
  2. Describe the roots and characteristics of non-Christian belief systems and three basic worldviews that challenge twentieth century apologists.
  3. Develop a coherent approach that synthesizes the strengths of the six distinctive ways of reasoning.
  4. Mature in the art of communicating the faith to varieties of people with varied religious views and cultural expressions.

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