7.5 Apologetics
7.5.1 Masters Level
7.5.2 Th.M./Ph.D. Level

7.5 Apologetics


Every form of intellectual argument rests, in the last analysis, upon one or the other of two basic presuppositions. The non-Christian’s process of reasoning rests upon the presupposition that man is the final or ultimate reference point in human predication. The Christian’s process of reasoning rests upon the presupposition that God, speaking through Christ by his Spirit in the infallible Word, is the final or ultimate reference point in human predication. 
                                                                                          – Cornelius Van Til


Apologetics is a theological discipline that seeks to defend and commend the Christian faith. The apologetic tradition of Westminster attempts to apply Reformed theology to the challenges that confront Christianity and the church. Apologetics is an indispensable preparation for gospel ministry and for evangelism.

To that end, the Apologetics curriculum enables students:

  • To understand biblical religion as a world-and-life view, rather than a set of isolated truths
  • To develop arguments which address the deepest levels of various worldviews 
  • To articulate biblical principles for the defense and commendation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in evangelism 
  • To understand the patterns and cultural trends of our times 
  • To develop answers to some of the most frequent challenges raised against Christian faith 
  • To know something of the history of thought, Western and non-Western 
  • To be familiar with some of the most significant apologists throughout history 
  • To articulate the relationship between faith and reason 

Apologetics faculty: 

Professor Edgar, Dept. Coordinator
Professor Oliphint
Professor Poythress
Mr. Park
Mr. Ward

Bill Edgar Scott Oliphint Vern Poythress