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MA Degree – Major in Christian Philosophy and Apologetics

The major in the Master of Arts degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To engage learners in the study of the main branches of philosophy and approaches to defending the faith.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will distinguish, explain, and analyze the different arguments in the philosophy of religion, including arguments for the existence of God, as found in classical and contemporary literature.
  2. Learners will analyze competing worldviews and detect differences and similarities on the basis of certain sets of criteria.
  3. Learners will explain and integrate philosophical classes and prescribe the uses of these classes in the realm of Christian philosophy.
  4. Learners will estimate and explain the various merits and values of traditional and contemporary responses to the problem of evil and separate and analyze these responses.

Major Core Studies – 18 Credits

Major Core Studies form 18 credits of the 33 credits minimum for the MA degree Major in Christian Philosophy and Apologetics.

  • AP 660 Principles of Contemporary Apologetics
  • PH 543 Philosophy of Religion
  • BS 518 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • PH 566 The Philosophical Problem of Evil
  • AP 661 Advanced Topics in Contemporary Apologetics
  • PH 589 Systematic Logic

Program Structure – 33 Credits Minimum

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • General Electives – 12 credits
  • M.A. Core Studies – 3 credits
  • Major Core Studies – 18 credits

A minimum of 18 credits must be earned at Trinity.

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