What is Christian apologetics?
The word apologetics derives from the word apologia. In Ancient Greece, an apologia was a formal speech given as a defense in a court of law. Plato’s Apology is an example of a popular apologetic discourse. Today in theology, those who wish to offer a reasoned defense for their belief system use the discipline of apologetics. Subsequently, Christians employ apologetics inside the church as a way to grow in their faith (internal apologetics) as well as outside the church as a complement to evangelism (external apologetics).
Christian Apologetic Resources
Check out our list of reputable Christian worldview and apologetic ministries, podcasts, certificate programs, and accredited/nonaccredited degree programs below.
What is a Christian worldview?
A Christian worldview integrates the tenets of Christianity into all sectors of life including science, politics, psychology, education, philosophy, and relationships. Since Christians hold to a biblical understanding of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, they see the world and their existence differently from an agnostic, pantheist, or atheist. Subsequently, Christians and non-Christians have drastically different views on matters such as the nature of truth, the concept of personhood, and basis of morality. As we look deeper into our worldview, we are able to engage in more productive conversations with those who hold different presuppositions.
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Christian Apologetic Ministries
Cold Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace who has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of “faith” and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the truth of the Christian worldview.
Cross Examined (Frank Turek) An evangelical, inter-denominational Christian ministry which seeks to present evidence that the Bible is true.
Stand to Reason (Greg Koukl) Stand to Reason trains Christians to think more clearly about their faith and to make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity and classical Christian values in the public square.
What Would You Say? In a world where “truth” seems to change every five minutes, What Would You Say? gives you quick answers for today’s hardest questions. Each five-minute video helps you navigate today’s tricky cultural assumptions with clarity, confidence, and courage.
Christian Apologetic Podcasts
Breakpoint with John Stonestreet
Cross Examined with Frank Turek
Stand to Reason with Greg Koukl
Strong Woman Podcast with Sarah Stonestreet and Erin Kunkle
Think Biblically with Sean McDowell
Christian Fellowship Programs
Colson Fellows A ten-month course that takes you on a carefully curated journey to understanding the times and knowing what to do in community.
Ratio Christi Ratio Christi isn’t just another apologetics organization. We use our theological training to share the Gospel on college and university campuses across the globe. We reach the people that nobody else can – and we need your help.
Summit Ministries Summit Student Conferences will answer their toughest questions and equip them to stand firm. For over 60 years, we have been equipping students to defend, own, and live out their faith.
Christian Apologetic Certificate Programs
Certificate in Christian Apologetics at Biola The online certificate program in Christian Apologetics is open to everyone regardless of educational background.
For-Credit Certificates in Apologetics or Science Each certificate is designed to prepare professionals or laypersons with uniquely integrated training in theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian world view (TRACS accreditation only).
Christian Apologetic Graduate Programs
Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Biola Through the Master of Arts with a focus in Christian Apologetics degree, students are prepared to articulate a Christian worldview reverently, with intelligence, confidence and compassion.
Master of Arts in Science and Religion at Biola The Master of Arts with a focus in Science and Religion is designed to provide scientifically literate individuals with the essential background in theology, history, and philosophy that is necessary to integrate modern science with Christianity.
Master of Arts in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University The mission of the Master of Arts in Apologetics (MAA) program is to develop students who are capable of serving their community and the Church successfully in a variety of vocations, including academic, parachurch, and ecclesiastical professions.
Master of Arts in Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University Offered through the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University, the master’s in Applied Apologetics is designed for students that already have a solid theological background.