Our new Foundational Apologetics course will start in March 2022.
- 10 week online course
- Thursdays 6:30-9pm
- 17th March – 19th May 2022
- Filmed lectures
- 20 hours of contact time with lecturers
- Learning alongside other students as part of a community
- PLUS three, optional, 1-day ‘Intensives’ on the topics of science, world religions and human identity
Since 2004, OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics has delivered courses and programmes in Christian apologetics that have combined intellectual rigour with practical evangelistic outreach.
In spring 2022, OCCA will pilot a new Foundational Apologetics course aimed at encouraging and equipping Christians to have faith conversations and to respond to the tough questions of our day. We want to harness the benefits of online learning gleaned during the pandemic, while keeping the journeying-in-community element that has been central to OCCA over the last 17 years. Students will have access to filmed lectures and will gather online for weekly, live, interactive seminars with their lecturers. The course is part-time and can be accessed from anywhere in the UK and beyond.
The 10 week course will consist of:
- 16 pre-recorded lectures which form the basis for seminar discussions.
- 20 hours of contact time with lecturers, spread across 8 weekly seminars (with a two-week break over Easter)
- Two assignments to put theory into practice
- Optional mid-week online student meet-ups to continue discussions
A typical live session will include:
- 15 minute devotional and prayer time
- 1 hour discussion with the lecturer, based on the topic for that week
- 15 minute lecture (pre-recorded) on a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)
- 45 minute discussion with the FAQ lecturer
What can I expect?
In advance of the live sessions, students will need to watch a pre-recorded lecture on topics such as: Critical Thinking, The Existence of God, Science & Religion, Worldviews and Human Value. This material is designed to introduce concepts and provoke thought, in preparation for the online discussion time.
Live seminar evenings will begin with an encouraging devotional and time of prayer, followed by an interactive Foundational Apologetics discussion, during which the lecturer will invite students to engage with and respond to the topics and questions that were raised in the pre-recorded video.
In the second part of the evening, the group will watch a pre-recorded talk on a Frequently Asked Question, such as: How can we talk about faith with our friends? Why isn’t God more obvious? Does my pain matter to God? Why would God allow pandemics, tsunamis and other disasters? The discussion time afterwards will explore the topic further and provide practical advice for tackling objections and questions that may arise.
Live meetings will be highly interactive, giving students the opportunity to ask questions, discuss thoughts and share ideas together.Students will learn as part of an online community and will be encouraged to have further discussions with each other outside of class. Students will also complete practical assignments as a means of consolidating and applying the skills learned.
£1,500 – 15% introductory discount = £1,250
The course fee includes access to the online learning resources, all lectures and live seminars, inclusion in an online community, and more opportunities to connect. Excludes the optional in-person events in Oxford. Part-bursaries are available. Please indicate in your application if you would like to apply. Spaces and bursaries are limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.
Optional Intensive Training Days
In addition to the 10 week course, OCCA will host a series of one-day intensives in Oxford. These are optional, face-to-face events that provide an opportunity to connect in person and to explore three themes in greater depth: Science and the Future of Humanity, World Religions, and Human Identity.
More information about the intensives will be shared in the new year. If you would like to attend, please indicate your interest in the sign up form and we’ll send you more details as they become available.
Click on the sign up button to register your interest. We’ll send you a prompt when registration opens, and keep you up to date with information about the course. If you have any questions, you can use the same form to get in touch or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.