T7305 Christian Apologetics

This unit examines the history and shape of Christian apologetics. It considers models of apologetics found in Scripture and throughout church history in order to make application of them to contemporary challenges to the Christian faith. It investigates features of the current cultural and theological context, modern and postmodern models of apologetics. There is a focus on the existence and character of God, the identity and relevance of Jesus, the reliability of scripture, the problem of evil and suffering. It considers the Christian apologist in contemporary contexts.

Study Level Undergraduate
Discipline Theology
Credit Points 9
Prerequisites 18 credit points from Theology units

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of Christian apologetics, and the various approaches available
  2. Discuss how various cultural and theological forces have changed the current environment for Christian apologetics
  3. Critically analyse the apologetic literature relevant to this unit
  4. Articulate both classical and contemporary arguments and defences for Christian life and faith
  5. Critically apply the results of their study to contemporary questions raised by their society



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