Christian apologetics is the explanation and defense of the Christian faith. It follows Peter’s instructions to “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). Our purpose in this blog is to ask questions about the Christian faith. One of those questions, in fact the first question we must ask is whether our belief in Christianity is valid.
In the past few months, I have been taking a course in Christian apologetics from Biola University. Biola offers a masters level course in apologetics. This course can be taken as a distance learning course but it has the requirement that you spend two weeks during the summer at Biola. Since I did not have that option, I took the certificate course which involves listening to about 48 hours of lectures on audio CDs and taking a test on the lectures. The course also recommends, but does not require, reading six books which I did and they are well worth the read.
I highly recommend the Biola apologetics course. The instructors are leaders in their fields and they present the topics in a manner that is easy to comprehend. I had read extensively in the field of apologetics before I took the course but it still introduced new ideas to me. The course will require time and effort from you but it is well worth it.
In the next few weeks, we will examine the evidence for the validity of Christianity.