1. The Doctrine of Scripture 
  2. The Doctrine of God
    1. The Trinity
    2. The Attributes of God
      1. The Communicable Attributes
      2. The Incommunicable Attributes
  3. The Doctrine of Man
  4. The Doctrine of Sin
  5. The Doctrine of Christ
    1. The Person of Christ
    2. The Work of Christ
  6. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
    1. The Person of the Holy Spirit
    2. The Work of the Holy Spirit
  7. The Doctrine of the Church
  8. The Doctrine of Divine Judgment

The project of Christian apologetics is, on the one hand, a project whose objective is to provide an answer for the reason of the hope that is in us with humility and respect. On the other hand, it is the project whose aim is to utterly decimate and destroy every lofty thought, every idea, every ingenious philosophy devised by the cunning speculations and conjectures of unregenerate man. The fallen human intellect seeks to exalt autonomous human reason and in so doing, finds itself in opposition to Christ. It is for this reason that Christian apologetics has as its sole lifeline and ground, biblical theology. 

An apologetic that is not soundly informed by biblical theology is one that is impotent, and anemic. Typically, such an apologetic is far more interested in intellectual respectability than it is in honoring God. The former is concerned with an image, focused on men while the latter seeks to understand, and subsequently, proclaim the system of Christian truth wherever and whenever the opportunity may arise. If you want to be a good apologist, study Scripture, study theology, understand the system of truth that you profess to believe, and do so with every ounce of strength in you. The study of philosophical systems is beneficial but only in the bright light of biblical theology.

Learning Objectives

  1. Provide an overview of the basics of Christian doctrine within a systematic framework.
  2. Help the reader understand the components of these doctrines at a basic level and the implications they entail for godly thinking and living.
  3. Articulate the coherence of beliefs that comprise the Christian system of truth.
  4. Demonstrate the dependencies that Christian apologetics has on Christian theology.
  5. Distinguish between the Christian theology and Christian philosophy.
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