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The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence.
The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) To convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) To encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work.
For many within the countries of the west, Christian faith is no longer thought of as a serious option for thinking people. Not only does our culture drift away from Christian values, it increasingly disdains and ignores Christian voices within it. In fact, very often, the Christian voices have little to say. However there is a need for a contingent of intelligent, orthodox Christians who can comment on and speak credibly into the issues which matter in our culture, mount a robust defence of Christianity against its numerous opponents, and commend Christian faith as truth for the future and not just for the past.
For those interested in studying apologetics and with a passion to make Christ known, there are some great overseas opportunities at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics with programmes ranging from one week to one year. These opportunities include: The Semester Programme, The One Week Oxford Summer School, The Eight Week Business Programme, and The One Year Certificate in Christian Apologetics.
The Semester Programme is the perfect way to include a semester in Oxford as an integral part of a post graduate course of study. Students come to Oxford and follow the Michaelmas term of study with the students on the One Year Certificate Course in Christian Apologetics. Modules covered can include:
The One Week Oxford Summer School, otherwise known as The RZIM Zacharias Trust Oxford Summer School is held in one of the colleges of Oxford University and at St Aldate's Church, one of the vibrant city centre churches in Oxford.
This striking Oxford College is situated in the heart of the city on one of Oxford's oldest roads - the High. The magnificent Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, Bodleian Library and Bridge of Sighs are all just a few minutes walk away, as are the Botanical gardens, Magdalen College and the university's Examination school.
Oxford hardly needs an introduction. Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and is regarded as one of the world's leading academic institutions. Its roots trace back to at least the eleventh century and it became the epicenter of academia in England after scholars settled there following the expulsion of foreigners from the University of Paris in 1167.
The Oxford Summer School is an intense week of training in Evangelism and Apologetics. The programme will focus on a number of the major challenges that Christians face today in a world where different worldviews compete with one another in the larger marketplace of ideas.
The Eight Week Business Programme is designed for those who are unable to dedicate a year to full-time study but are able to invest two months in apologetics training. It is the perfect choice for those seeking to sharpen evangelistic and apologetic skills for the workplace. It is designed for business leaders, professionals and those involved in the shaping and influencing of society.
This programme includes eight weeks of intensive teaching and seminars in apologetics, practical evangelism, ethics, the workplace, together with Biblical study and teaching. Modules include ‘science and ethics', ‘cultural apologetics' and ‘other religions'. Individual vocational discussions also form part of the programme. One week of the programme is spent in Hungary at the European Leadership Forum and for the final week of the programme students attend the RZIM Zacharias Trust Oxford Summer School.
In addition to first-rate teaching in apologetics and evangelism, the Business Programme students will have the opportunity to develop their preaching skills and to be involved in the vibrant worshipping community of Wycliffe Hall.
Core lecturers on the programme include Professor Alister McGrath, Professor John Lennox, Dr Michael Green, Michael Ramsden and Amy Orr-Ewing. Owing to the small group size - just twelve students - friendships develop quickly and valuable interaction between one another and lecturers is a highlight of the programme.
This programme provides the opportunity for a spiritual retreat to refresh, recalibrate, retool and then re-engage with the world around you.
The Certificate in Christian Apologetics offers the opportunity to spend a full academic year in the inspiring and stimulating surroundings of Oxford. In addition to specialist apologetics and evangelism teaching from the international RZIM team and renowned world experts who conduct guest lectures, students join in with Wycliffe Hall's regular programme of teaching. The course includes evangelistic outreach to churches, prisons, schools and universities around the country. It also provides the opportunity to accompany RZIM staff on ministry and mission events. The combination of these components provides unparalleled cutting-edge training in evangelism and apologetics.
The course comprises a number of modules including: An Introduction to Apologetics; Can We Trust the New Testament?; Science and Religion; The New Atheism; Islam and Other Religions; Outreach Training; Preaching Workshops; Core Issues and Ethics. Essays, mission work and a dissertation are also an integral part of this challenging and absorbing course.
For further information on the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics please visit http://www.theocca.org/.