Master of the Arts in Apologetics: World Religions

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With adherents of other religions practically at our doorsteps, why is the Christian world so desperately lacking education concerning religions? To zero in, why do all (if not most) apologetics degrees lack in-depth, concentrated training in pseudo- and non-Christian religions when encounter with adherents of other religions is such an “on the ground” phenomenon?

This is due largely (if not solely) to the lack of evangelical Christian academics in the field of comparative theology or comparative religions.

The sadly remarkable thing is that of all “on the ground” issues facing the Christian in the marketplace of “isms,” Christians are more likely to encounter people of other religions—or those holding loosely to religious ideas—than they are likely to encounter, for example, atheists and skeptics.

A major aim of this degree concentration is to prepare informed global citizens for powerful Christian evangelistic engagement in a pluralistic world.

Accordingly, the concentration equips students for a powerful witness to the lordship of Jesus. We live in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world. Practicing adherents of religions are our neighbors, whether living in our areas or through the Internet (as “neighbors”). With this in mind, this concentration enhances understanding of our neighbors and “what makes them click.” It fosters insight into beliefs that have played a part in making history. Some of the major events occurring throughout the world cannot be deeply understood apart from religious beliefs and ideologies, and this includes horrific events that today command much media attention.

Another aim of this type of degree is to free students from uninformed criticisms.

Yet, encounters with unfamiliar religions can also be cause for critical self-examination. To foster this, the concentration develops critical thinking skills through doctrinal and historical analysis of religions.

In offering this concentration, EBS will fill a need so desperately needed and therefore will play an important role in the advancement of the kingdom of God in Haiti, the rest of the Caribbean Islands, and beyond.

Program Goals

  • Prepare informed global citizens for powerful Christian evangelistic engagement in a pluralistic world.
  • Free students from uninformed criticisms.
  • Introduce students to the major living world religions and pseudo-Christian religions.
  • Acquaint students with fundamental theological, apologetic and missiological issues after a robust exploration of Christian theism as uniquely true and Jesus as the unique self-revelation of God in history.
  • Utilize readings, lectures, online forums, class discussion, and “face time” in order to optimize learning and practical application.
  • Develop ability to think critically about Christianity as it encounters other religions.
  • Apply all the above in a robust, Spirit-led defense of Christian theism toward evangelism.

Cohort Model

The MAAWR is entirely online. Courses in this degree program will take place in a cohort model, which means students begin their degree together and then proceed through each of the courses in a prescribed order until they graduate together. This model not only helps motivate students to keep going, it also creates a spiritual and relational bond with fellow students moving through the degree program, allowing students to rejoice and struggle together, and to be accountable to one another.

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Upon completing the degree, the student will be able to:

  • Articulate with skill and precision the Christian Trinitarian worldview and offer a defense/proclamation of the Gospel in this pluralistic world.
  • Exercise skills of discernment for ministry in a pluralistic world.
  • Understand the role of the Church in the world that deepens its commitment to the vitality of spiritual life in local congregations, and thereby to …
  • … disciple others toward the same.
  • Undertake the art and discipline of careful listening to persons of other belief systems
  • Form or participate in parachurch apologetics-related ministries.
  • Address ethical issues facing Christians in an informed, philosophically sound, biblically guided, and theologically faithful manner, and thereby …

FAQs

Q: How long will it take to complete the degree?
A: 2 years.

Q: Can I complete the entire degree online?
A: Yes!

Q: Is the degree accredited?
A: Almost! EBS is in the final stages of accreditation with the Caribbean Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) which is the Caribbean regional body of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE).

Q: Can I specialize in a particular world-religion or Pseudo-Christian cult?
A: Yes!