In a world that seems increasingly hostile not only to religion in general, but Christianity in particular, the new Oklahoma Wesleyan University Master of Arts in Theology and Apologetics, will prepare the student to not only defend their faith, but have a clear understanding of how to share their faith in a shifting world.
This program is built around the Four Pillars of OKWU; The Primacy of Jesus Christ, The Priority of Scripture, The Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom. Three classes will be taken supporting each pillar, and will leave the student grounded theologically and apologetically.
The MA in Theology and Apologetics is particularly enriched by our connection to the Josh McDowell Institute of Apologetics here at Oklahoma Wesleyan. Not only will the student be able to participate in the annual Apologetics Conference in person, by podcast or live streaming, but it is very possible the student will be able to take a class written, and or taught, by such noted apologists as Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, Abdu Murray and more.
The Program is 36 credit hours, and includes the following courses:
THEO 5123 The Doctrine of God- This course provides the student with an in-depth study of the biblical Doctrine of God, including but not limited too, the nature of God, divine attributes, the trinity, proofs for the existence of God, God and the problem of evil. Not only will this course focus on Scripture, it will attempt to engage also with the great theologians of the past and present on this doctrine.
THEO 5233 The Doctrine of Christ- This course will involve a comprehensive study of what the Scriptures have to say about the personal work and nature of Jesus as the Christ, with an emphasis on the Historical development of the doctrine and implications for the rest of theology, and refutation of modern theological errors.
THEO 5343 The Doctrine of the Atonement- This course will include a biblical and historical study of the doctrine of the atonement focusing upon the manner in which the life and death of Christ enable a lost humanity to be brought back into fellowship with God.
THEO 5453 The Doctrine of Scripture- This course will consider biblical, historical, and contemporary views of the origin and inspiration of Scripture, canonization, historical reliability, inerrancy and infallibility, as well as an examination and critique of modern biblical criticism.
THEO 5553 The Theological Interpretation of Scripture-This class explores the theological interpretation of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In so doing, the class will introduce students to the discipline of “biblical theology” as it stands distinct from both historical and systematic theology. As a discipline, “biblical theology” seeks, first, to reconstruct the individual theologies within the various writings of the Bible, and second, to integrate these various themes into a coherent whole. Within this class, special attention will be given to the construction of a biblical meta-narrative which will encompass the basic themes of (1) creation, (2) fall, (3) Israel, (4) Jesus, (5) church, (6) and New Creation.
THEO 5563 The Interpretation of Scripture- Biblical Hermeneutics- This course is designed to instruct the student in the principles of biblical interpretation. This instruction will include, but not be limited too, a study of the history of biblical hermeneutics as well as contemporary approaches, analysis of presuppositions, the correct use of historical, cultural, literary and biblical context, and the interpretation of biblical genres.
APOL 6123 Introduction to Christian Apologetics– An introduction to the field of Christian apologetics, including its definition and divisions, various approaches within the field, elementary logic and argumentation, exploration of the relationship between faith and reason, and prolegomena to natural theology.
APOL 6233 Christian Evidences: New Testament Criticism and the Life of Jesus – An examination of the principal evidences moving one beyond generic theism to Christian theism, with a special focus on the radical self-understanding and resurrection of Jesus.
APOL 6343 An Examination of Arguments for God’s Existence – A survey of the principal arguments of natural theology for the existence of God and of the most important atheistic objections to God’s existence.
PHIL 6443 Ethical Issues in the Contemporary World- A study of the ethical issues facing contemporary Christian’s from the perspective of biblical principles. Topics to be considered may include, but are not limited too, abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, homosexuality, racism, material possessions, ecology, war…
APOL 6543 Issues in Christian Apologetics – An exploration of various important issues that arise for the defense of the Christian faith in today’s world, including the Trinity and Incarnation, religious pluralism, and comparative religion (e.g., Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, etc.).
THEO 6553 Personal and Social Holiness- This class will explore both the biblical and historical interpretations of sanctification, Christian perfection and imparted righteousness. The emphasis will focus not only on personal holiness, but holiness lived out in culture recognizing John Wesley’s admonition, “There is no holiness without social holiness.”
- Completion of 36 hours of required curriculum
- All courses must be completed through OKWU AGS
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
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In order to be unconditionally admitted into any graduate-level program, the applicant must submit the materials listed below:
1. An official transcript showing a conferred Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university in the United States or a foreign college or university which is approved by an international transcript evaluation organization recognized by Oklahoma Wesleyan University (see International Student Admissions Criteria).
2. Any other official transcripts needed to verify undergraduate prerequisite courses or graduate transfer credit. Students may transfer up to 6 semester hours of graduate coursework toward a graduate degree, provided that the courses are approved by the Dean of the School.
3. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (probationary admission may be granted for GPA’s as low as 2.50).
4. Completion of a minimum of nine (9) credit hours of undergraduate coursework in religion, Bible, ethics, and/or theology with a grade of “C-“ or better. Student also has the option of taking the entrance exam if they do not have 9 credit hours of undergraduate religion, Bible, ethics, theology, etc.
Once a student has been admitted to graduate study, he/she must begin taking courses within two (2) calendar years.
Students possessing a baccalaureate degree may be granted probationary admission with prescribed deficiencies when undergraduate GPA falls between 2.50 and 2.99 on a 4.0 scale, assuming all other admission criteria is met. Students on probationary status will not be allowed to proceed beyond nine (9) credit hours of work within the degree program unless the student achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the program.
- Students whose first language is not English (unless a US citizen) must have a TOEFL score of 69 or higher
- Students must either own or have access to a computer with internet capabilities
- Students must complete each core course with a 2.0 grade or better
- Students whose core GPA falls below 2.0 will be place on academic probation for the next term
- Students must comply with the program attendance policies to continue the program
- Students must complete each core course with a 2.0 grade or better
It is with great excitement that OKWU announces that the teachings of world renowned Research Professor of Philosophy, Dr. William Lane Craig will be the center point of the Apologetics courses in the new Master of Theology and Apologetics. Dr. Craig is lending his name and talent to writing many of the courses and will be instructing through video lectures.
Dr. Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife Jan have two grown children. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; and Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus.