ACTS MACS (Apologetics Specialization)
The Master of Arts in Christian studies offers a specialization in contemporary apologetics, which is provided through our Institute for Christian Apologetics. The MACS degree with a specialization in contemporary apologetics offers a graduate level education and relevant training in Christian apologetics in a vital learning community. Our aim is to equip believers to respond thoughtfully to the challenges Christians face. Apologetics is the defense of the Christian Faith and involves presenting Christian truth claims with relevance and credibility to today's culture.
Within the MACS degre 18 credit hours are designated for Individually Tailored studies. A student who wishes to specialize in contemporary apologetics will take at least 12 of these 18 credit hours in the area of contemporary apologetics. These 12 credit hours typically take the form of four 3 credit hour CAP courses.
What is Apologetics?
Apologetics is a discipline which is concerned with making a case for the truth of Christian faith and also defending it against challenges of falsehood or inconsistency. It is, by necessity, a continually changing discipline as it seeks to respond to the evolving dominant thought patterns of culture.
A highly important benefit of studying apologetics at ACTS is that personal faith is encouraged and strengthened. Students explore and research thoughtful, biblically sound responses to their own questions as well as issues raised by other writers, thinkers, skeptics, and classmates. Additionally:
- Develop the ability to competently address key concerns in culture with which Christians and non-Christians alike wrestle.
- Interact with and research contemporary ethical and philosophical issues within the context of biblical, systematic and historical theology.
- Sharpen your skills in articulating and defending Christian faith while deepening your understanding of the theological disciplines.
- Acquire a well-grounded understanding of Christian thought, including an awareness of the means and methods Christians have used in both historical and postmodern times to respond to secular and religious perspectives about Christianity.