Christian Apologetics


Master of Arts (MA)
Program Launches January 2023
Credits

36

Avg. Completion Time

2 years at full-time

Delivery Method tooltip-icon

Online OR Hybrid

Why Earn a Christian Apologetics Degree through LBC | Capital?

The Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics program is designed to equip students with the biblical, theological and philosophical foundation for effectively engaging objections to the Christian faith and sharing the gospel with those who do not believe.

LBC | Capital’s master’s degree, with online or hybrid courses, equips students to effectively commend the Christian faith, as they delve into specialized study in apologetics combined with focused theology classes that serve as the starting point for a robust biblical defense of the Christian faith. Students learn the basics of metaphysics and epistemology in order to analyze any worldview or religion. A practical focus enables students to effectively engage unbelievers in real-life gospel conversations.

Course Length

8 weeks

Capstone Requirement

As the capstone requirement, students may choose one of these 3-credit courses: APO 640 Cultural Apologetics OR APO 650 Advanced Apologetics

Residency Requirement

While there are no residency requirements for online courses, there is a two-day residency requirement for hybrid courses.

Transfer Agreement tooltip-icon

Transfer up to 50% of a degree from an outside institution

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Program Plan

MA in Christian Apologetics (36 Credits)

Biblical & Theological Foundations 12 Credits

Required Apologetics Course 12 Credits

Elective Apologetics Courses 9 Credits

Capstone Course 3 Credits

View the Academic Catalog for the complete curriculum plan, course descriptions and program details.

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Program Distinctives - What makes LBC | Capital's program unique?
  • Accessible to students with little or no formal background in apologetics.
  • Ideal for students who desire serious preparation for academic and practical engagement with unbelieving philosophy, religion, science and culture.
  • Offers a wide variety of course options and electives to equip students for a variety of ministry scenarios.
Career Paths

The MA in Christian Apologetics program will prepare you for a wide range of service and/or ministry contexts:

  • Apologist
  • Evangelism trainer
  • Writer
  • Outreach pastor
  • Public speaker
Program Goals – In this program, students will…
  • Develop an apologetic approach consistent with Scripture and systematic theology.
  • Construct an intellectual framework that integrates epistemology, metaphysics and ethics into a coherent and consistent Christian faith and biblical worldview.
  • Evaluate and critique the current theological, philosophical and cultural issues facing the church and society.
  • Practice the skills critical to answering objections to the Christian faith with confidence and persuasiveness.
  • Cultivate effective rhetorical techniques and tactics for cultural engagement grounded in a Christian apologetic.

Course Plan

The following is the proposed schedule for this degree program.

Students determined to have Advanced Standing by the Registrar’s office will have some or all of the Theology courses waived.

Course Title Semester Credits
BIB 505 Introduction to Biblical and Theological Research Fall 1 3
APO 505 Christian Apologetics Fall 1 3
APO 512 New Testament Issues in Apologetics Spring 1 3
BTC 563 Biblical Interpretation Spring 1 3
APO 515 Old Testament Issues in Apologetics Summer 1 3
THE 501 Christian Doctrine 1 Summer 1 3
THE 502 Christian Doctrine 2 Fall 2 3
APO 510 Philosophy for Apologetics Fall 2 3
Elective 1 Spring 2 3
Elective 2 Spring 2 3
Elective 3 Summer 2 3
APO 640 Cultural Apologetics OR APO 650 Advanced Apologetics Summer 2 3

Meet the Faculty

Mark Farnham, PhD
Professor, MA in Christian Apologetics Program Director
Nathan Shannon, PhD
Adjunct Faculty
Jesse Skaggs, MEd
Adjunct Faculty
Ronald Belsterling, PhD
Professor, Youth & Young Adult Ministry Program Director
Andrew Keenan, MA
Adjunct Faculty
Rodney Pearce, MDiv
Adjunct Faculty
Jeff Mindler
Global Recruiter

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Logos Bible Software Package for Students

Our partnership with Faithlife enables us to provide master’s students with a Logos Bible Software package worth over $4,000 for a fraction of the cost, which is already built into the cost of this program. LBC | Capital is committed to equipping students with the skillset needed for successful ministry in the 21st century. We believe this includes taking full advantage of the technologies that are relevant and applicable to their context. The LBC | Capital Logos Package combines a custom-designed library of exegetical resources and the powerful tools of Logos Bible Software, which should aid students in being faithful to the biblical text as they navigate the demands of life and ministry.

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