Christians are called to have a renewed mind (Romans 12:2) that is not taken captive by mere worldly philosophy (Colossians 2:8) but able to take every thought captive for Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We should always be ready to give a reasoned answer for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). But Christians are also directed to be “kind to everyone” and not quarrelsome (2 Tim. 2:24), to exhibit “gentleness and respect” (1 Pet. 3:15), and to “be merciful to those who doubt” (Jude 22).
These verses characterize what is distinctive about a Christian mind and disposition. Here at LCU, we’ve designed our MA (Philosophy and Apologetics) to interact with and apply these passages. We lead our students to understand and defend a Christian worldview in the context of classical philosophical problems and contemporary philosophical, religious, and cultural challenges. The program offers a balanced approach to the nature of philosophy and to the various methods of Christian apologetics. It also allows considerable latitude in choosing courses in philosophy, apologetics, theology, and historical theology.
In addition to the academic program, students can pursue service opportunities as section leaders in an undergraduate class or as volunteers with Room For Doubt, a grant-funded apologetics initiative that is housed at Lincoln.
Scholarship assistance may be available from the Loftis Foundation for a limited number of highly qualified candidates. A scholarship application is required. For more information, contact Dr. Rich Knopp, the program director.