TS230 : Christian Apologetics (3 Credit)
Academic Year : AY 2019-2020 Sem 2
About this course
From apostolic Christianity to the 21st century, Christians of every place and culture have been criticised for their faith and compelled to make a public explanation of why they believed and how they lived. This apologetic challenge has only become more varied and complex in the present globalised world, as different philosophical, cultural and religious ideas and lifestyles interact at a greater pace and proximity. While this presents greater opportunities for missions and evangelism, it also introduces diverse challenges for the Christian faith, and thus calls for a more dynamic approach to Christian apologetics. This course will survey the theological foundations for Christian apologetics before considering the use and limits of historical, scientific and philosophical arguments in apologetic discourse. It will also explore strategies that will help students articulate their faith and dialogue with non-believers in multi-cultural and religious contexts.
Lecturer : Jose PhilipFrom apostolic Christianity Jose Philip was born in Kerala and grew up in Chennai, India. He graduated from Loyola College in 1992 and went on to complete his master’s degree in zoology from the same institute in 1994. He was the first student from Loyola to be awarded the Tamil Nadu State Science Council Scholarship for his master’s research in prawn biology. Jose worked as a prawn biologist in India before going to the Middle East to join a software firm in 2001. Jose became a follower of Jesus Christ when he was fourteen years old. However, it was only after moving to Dubai that he discovered nothing satisfied him more than “teaching and preaching the Word.” In 2005, he resigned from his position as Head of Operations and left to pursue his theological studies in Singapore. During his studies at the Singapore Bible College, Jose distinguished himself by becoming the first student in the history of the institution to have secured two master’s simultaneously. He completed both his master of divinity in Biblical studies and his master of theology from Singapore Bible College in May 2008. Jose is currently serving as an evangelist and apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (Asia-Pacific). He also lectures on apologetics, Christian ethics, and gospel and culture at Singapore Bible College, Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bible College Malaysia. Jose is married to Cinu who is a special educator by training, and they are blessed with two children, Jayden and Yaira. They are currently based in Singapore.
Venue: Biblical Graduate School of Theology , AMA Building (previously Golden Wheel Industrial Building) 50 Kallang Pudding Road #07-01 Singapore 349326
(7:15pm – 10:00pm)
Followed by online lectures and discussions