Distance Learning Certificate Program in Christian Apologetics

Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University


There is a great need today for every Christian to act upon the exhortation of the Apostle Peter to be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks about the hope that we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15).

To ensure that all Christians have access to training in the defense of the faith regardless of educational background, the Graduate Program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University offers a program leading to a certificate of study in Christian Apologetics. This is a specialized program of instruction open to anyone who, for whatever reason, is unable to take part in a degree program but still wishes to be better prepared for the proclamation and defense of the faith.

The Program of Study

The certificate program has as its main component the Defending the Faith Lecture Series. We've taken the best lectures from current and past on-campus lecture series and incorporated them into three convenient Distance Learning Certificate Program courses. Each course contains eight 2-3 hour lectures on audio CD, lecture outlines, and everything else you need to earn your Certificate.

The student earns the "Certificate of Study in Christian Apologetics" by successfully completing all three of the courses.

No Class Time Required

The distance learning certificate program is primarily a program of lecture auditing through audio recording. There are no traditional exams or term papers involved. However, reading the selected texts is encouraged. Included in each course is a brief overview quiz, which must be completed and returned to the Christian Apologetics Department.

Program Summary

Students need to complete the following for the certificate, but it does not need to be in this order.

  • Defending the Faith Lecture Series Course I
  • Defending the Faith Lecture Series Course II
  • Defending the Faith Lecture Series Course III



The program is designed for the student to finish the distance certificate studies at their own pace.

The cost is $95 per course plus shipping and tax for CA residents.

A standard administrative processing fee is due with each completed quiz.

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Christian Apologetics Program
Biola University
13800 Biola Ave
La Mirada, CA 90639

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Phone: 888.332.4652

Participating Faculty

  • Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D.
  • John A. Bloom, Ph.D., Ph.D.
  • John Coe, Ph.D.
  • William Lane Craig, Ph.D., D.Theol.
  • Garrett DeWeese, Ph.D.
  • Alan Gomes, Ph.D.
  • Gary Habermas, Ph.D.
  • Craig Hawkins, M.A.
  • Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D.
  • David Horner, D.Phil.
  • Phillip E. Johnson, J.D.
  • Clay B. Jones, D.Min.
  • Greg Koukl, M.A.
  • Kevin Lewis, Th.M., J.D.
  • JP Moreland, Ph.D.
  • Scott Rae, Ph.D.
  • John Mark Reynolds, Ph.D.
  • Ron Rhodes, Th.D.
  • Walt Russell, Ph.D.
  • Os Guinness, D.Phil.
  • Hugh Hewitt, J.D.
  • Alvin Plantinga, Ph.D.
  • Lee Strobel, M.L.S.
  • Dallas Willard, Ph.D.

Vital Topics

  • The Case for Faith: A Personal Exploration
  • The Absurdity of Life Without God
  • Arguments for the Existence of God
  • Solving the Problem of Evil
  • Defending the Gospel Accounts of Jesus
  • Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ
  • Christianity and the Problem of Popular Culture
  • Responding to Relativism
  • Christianity and the Nature of Science
  • The Historical Jesus
  • Contending for the Christian Worldview
  • Reading Scripture with All Your Mind
  • Responding to the Cults
  • What About Those Who Have Never Heard?
  • Christianity Among the World Religions
  • Miracles and the Modern Mind
  • In Defense of the Soul
  • The Case for Moral Absolutes
  • Answers to Bioethical Challenges
  • Darwinism in Crisis
  • Key Issues in New Testament Textual Criticism
  • Jesus: The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived?
  • Successful Tactics in the Defense of the Faith
  • Apologetics and the Spiritual Life

How to Start

The Distance Learning Certificate Program is open to everyone. Just call or write for an application!

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Christian Apologetics Program
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue
La Mirada, CA 90639-0001

Phone: 888.332.4652