Apologetics Class from Knox Theological Seminary
You are invited to take part in a seminary level apologetics course taught by Knox Seminary professor, Dr. Tim Sansbury. Seminary students will be taking this for credit, but all are invited to audit the class for $25. You will not be required to turn in assignments, but you may fully participate in the lectures.
Anyone who is interested in being further equipped with how to respond to challenges to faith will benefit from this class. Please let us know if you have questions.
Apologetics is the work of defending the Christian faith against rational, empirical, and evidential claims such as that it is not true, coherent, or reasonable. Apologetics benefits the work of the church by relieving the doubts of believers, disarming the concerns of the skeptic, and supporting the work of evangelism. The apologetic task is predominantly intellectual, but is contextually variable, as the kinds of objections raised against the faith vary from time period to time period and from culture to culture. This course will briefly explore historical apologetic efforts, but predominantly focus on the apologetic task in current, Western culture.
At the endof this course students should be able to do the following:
- to define the task of apologetics and know the general history of apologetic argument.
- to describe, critique, and contextualize the so-called proofs of Gods existence.
- to describe the role of apologetics with respect to evangelism.
- to articulate a thoughtful and coherent view of natural theology and general revelation as it relates to the task of apologetics.
- to provide a thoughtful consideration of the value and purpose of apologetics in light of the work of the Holy Spirit.
- to list strong, objective arguments in favor of the historical reality of the resurrection.
- to respond to the most common objections to Christianity.
- to construct a story or parable to help make the gospel clear to a modern audience.
- to respond thoughtfully and winsomely to the accusation that Christianity is intolerant and hateful because it preaches and exclusive salvation and the reality of sin and evil.