Talbot School of Theology
Introduction to Christian Apologetics
J.P. Moreland lays out a rational case for Christian belief.
Introduction to Christian Apologetics
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Overview

What is apologetics and why does it matter? Does having evidence for Christianity eliminate the need for faith? How do I respond when someone says that God doesn't exist? How can I trust that the Bible records true events?

In this course, Dr. J.P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, will answer those questions and more as he introduces you to the field of Christian apologetics. He will help you understand a rational case for Christian belief and how to answer objections to that case. 

The topics covered in this course include:

  • What is Apologetics?
  • Arguments for The Existence of God
  • Why Believe Christianity?

Each lesson contains:

  • Videos that unpack the lesson's topic
  • Quiz questions to help you recall what you learned
  • A reflection question to help you understand the material more deeply
  • An application question to help you integrate the material into your life

Note: There is also a Small Group Curriculum for this course including videos and a downloadable participant's guide for use in an in-person small group.

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Instructor
J.P. Moreland
Talbot School of Theology

Talbot School of Theology is a theologically conservative, evangelical seminary in Southern California near Los Angeles. With over a 60-year heritage of biblical fidelity, the seminary couples solid evangelical scholarship with spiritual formation to prepare students for a lifetime of relevant, effective ministry. The seminary's master's degree programs and doctoral degree programs are led by a faculty of nationally renowned, widely-published and actively engaged ministry leaders.

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Syllabus

Lesson Introduction:What is apologetics? Why...
Overview
The Nature and Biblical Basis for Apologetics
Video
Lesson 1 - Quiz
Quiz
Reflection: Relationship between Faith and Reason
Reflection
Application: Lack of Apologetics Today
Reflection
Lesson Introduction: In today's landscape of...
Overview
Truth, Knowledge, and Faith
Video
Lesson 2 - Quiz
Quiz
Reflection: Jesus as Truth
Reflection
Application: Knowledge and Certainty
Reflection
Lesson Introduction: We know the universe we...
Overview
Kalam Cosmological Argument
Video
Lesson 3 - Quiz
Quiz
Reflection: God and Time
Reflection
Application: Kalam cosmological argument
Reflection
Lesson Introduction:While it is true that no...
Overview
More Arguments for the Existence of God
Video
Lesson 4 - Quiz
Quiz
Reflection: Arguments for God's Existence
Reflection
Application: Arguments for God's Existence
Reflection
Lesson Introduction:In the past two lessons,...
Overview
How to Move from God to Christianity
Video
Lesson 5 - Quiz
Quiz
Reflection: Arguing for Christianity
Reflection
Application: Criteria for Choosing a Religion
Reflection
Lesson Introduction:Why believe in...
Overview
Why Believe Christianity?
Video
Lesson 6 - Quiz
Quiz
Reflection: Miracles and the New Testament
Reflection
Application: The Historical Argument for the New Testament
Reflection
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Course Evaluation
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Course FAQ

Each lesson is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the reflection and application questions. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.