Introduction to Apologetics
Full course description
1-2 Hours Per Lesson
Certificate of Completion
Whether one is in the ministry as a vocation or volunteer, apologetics equips the Christian to meet the challenges to their faith by skeptics, while affirming their own faith in the biblical worldview. In this introductory course, the learner will gain an understanding of apologetics strategies that are offensive and defensive, along with arguments founded in polemical theology, for meeting skeptical arguments, along with a knowledge of key lines of evidence supporting a Christian worldview.
Lesson 1: Apologetics: Introduction and Methods
Lesson 2: Offensive Apologetics, Part 1: The Philosophical Case for the Existence of God
Lesson 3: Offensive Apologetics, Part 2: The Historical Case for the Resurrection of Christ
Lesson 4: Defensive Apologetics: Objections to Christian Claims Having Bases in Philosophy, Theology, and History
Lesson 5: Polemical Theology, Part 1: The Deity of Christ
Lesson 6: Polemical Theology, Part 2: The Cults of Christianity
Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Sanjay Merchant is professor of Apologetics at Moody Bible Institute. A systematic thinker, Dr. Merchant graduated with a BS in Engineering from the University of Southern California; he earned an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics, and an MA in theology from Biola University Talbot School of Theology. He also earned an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and finally a PhD from Claremont Graduate University School of Religion. He has contributed several book chapters to works published by Moody Publishing, addressing both apologetics and the doctrine of the Trinity.
Emily Morales graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno, with a BS in molecular biology and a minor in cognitive psychology. As an undergraduate, she conducted research in immunology, microbiology, behavioral and cognitive psychology, scanning tunneling microscopy and genetics - having published research in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, and projects in scanning tunneling microscopy. Having recently completed an M.Ed. from University of Cincinnati and a Certificate in Apologetics with the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, Emily is currently an instructional designer for Moody Bible Institute and teaches organic chemistry and physics. As a former Darwinian evolutionist, Emily frequently contributes articles for Salvo Magazine, often defending the superior arguments for origin of life proffered by intelligent design scholarship.