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The Certificate in Christian Apologetics consists of 4 courses, and is great if you are looking for some professional development opportunities or even for your personal relationships so that you are always prepared to give an answer for the hope you have in Christ Jesus.

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Courses

An orientation to the language and process of apologetics. Specific areas covered include a history of apologetics activity, definitions and purposes of apologetics, the relationship of apologetics to evangelism, the role of the Holy Spirit in the apologetic task, a survey of some contemporary apologetics issues, how postmodernism affects the way apologetics must be done, and various apologetics approaches.
An examination of postmodernism and some of the challenges to Christian faith in a postmodern culture. Specific areas studied will include postmodern understandings of truth, reality, reason and community, Christian exclusivism, religious pluralism, hell, the plight of the unevangelized, the God of the Old Testament, and how an effective apologetic can be carried out in a postmodern culture.

And choose 2 of the following 3 courses:

On what basis do we hold confidence that the Bible is a faithful witness to the life of Christ and the character of God, infallible in all matters of faith and practice, a canon by which we can evaluate our doctrines and behavior? How can we be sure that the Bible is reliable? In this course we will examine the foundation for the reliability of Scripture and interact with critics of biblical reliability both within and without the church. Our constant goal will be to establish confidence in the scriptures as reliable, true, and trustworthy for all time.
An exploration of the evidence for the historical Jesus and his relationship to “the Christ of faith.” Areas of inquiry include key challenges to the quest for the historical Jesus, the reliability of the New Testament documents, the resurrection of Jesus, and strategies for making the case for the historical Jesus in a postmodern world.
This course examines the problem of evil, and will entail two major steps. First we will seek to understand the nature of the challenge to Christianity that is represented by this problem in both its logical and probabilistic forms. Secondly, we will examine the kinds of responses that are offered to it. Our underlying goal through this entire process will be to increase our effectiveness in presenting the message of Christianity in a manner that is compelling, accurate, and credible for the sake of both Christians and non-Christians.



Director | Paul Chamberlain


Dr. Chamberlain holds a M.Div. from Trinity International University and a Ph.D. from Marquette University. He has authored several books, most recently Why People Don’t Believe (Baker 2011), and published numerous articles in the fields of apologetics, ethics, and philosophy of religion.

Paul currently serves as a Professor of Contemporary Apologetics at ACTS, and is the Program Chair for the MACS degree. Prior to teaching at ACTS he was a Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Trinity Western University for ten years. He has also held the position of Canadian Executive Director of Ravi Zacharias Ministries. He has participated widely in public debates and has made guest appearances on numerous radio and TV programs. He frequently presents seminars and lectures in churches, universities and other community forums. Dr. Chamberlain has also served in various pastoral and teaching capacities in local churches.

  paul.chamberlain@twu.ca