Apologetics Concentration

Concentration Chair: Rev. Peter Samuel Kucer, MSA

Courses provide students with the biblical basis for the key Catholic teachings and customs that non- Catholics wonder about, object to, and preach against. Topics include an introduction to apologetics, Catholic norms, nature and grace, and non-Catholic beliefs.

Concentration Goals

  1. To demonstrate that arguments given by atheists are not compelling especially: that science proves that God doesn’t exist, that there could not be a God of love since there is so much evil in the world, that reality of sins committed by Catholics in the past and present do not prove that no one should be a Catholic.
  2. That philosophical ethics can articulate with convincing reasons that what Catholics know by faith to be immoral is also immoral by reason.
  3. To demonstrate that Catholic dogma and faithful practice is a fulfillment of the yearnings of non-Christians and non-Catholic Christians.

Concentration Outcomes

  1. That students exhibit an ability to speak truth with love and respect in addressing intellectual falsehoods and historical misrepresentations.
  2. That students demonstrate an ability to articulate, in practical and popular ways, philosophical doctrines that are particularly useful or even essential to giving an account of the doctrines of Catholic faith, whether by ordinary speech and writing or via new media of social communication.

Co-requisites for Theology:

  1. PHS 607 Philosophy for Theologians
  2. DTH 600 Faith and Revelation. (prerequisite is PHS 607)

Theology Core:

  1. DTH 731 One and Triune God
  2. DTH 751 Christology (Prerequisite is DTH 731)
  3. MTH 611 Fundamental Moral Theology I
  4. SAS 651 Synoptic Gospels

Concentration Core:

  1. APO 512 Apologetics
  2. APO 565 Reading Science in the Light of Faith
  3. APO 652 New Atheism
  4. MTH/PHE/PAS 680 Marriage and the Theology of the Body

 Concentration Electives (Choose one of the following):

  1. APO 620 Evolution and Catholic Thought
  2. APO/PAS 631 Social Media and the New Evangelization
  3. APO 520 Adapting Evangelization to Hispanic Cultural Contexts

Comprehensive Exam Course

  1. ENG 890 MA Summative Evaluation: Comprehensive Exam & Professional Paper (Theology)

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