Reasons to Believe

Certificate in Science Apologetics

We see a great need today for all Christians to be well prepared to give reasons, including reasons from science, for the hope we have in Jesus Christ, and to offer them with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15–16).

Reasons Institute offers a certificate program in science apologetics. To ensure that all Christians have access to top-level training, this program is open to anyone who wants to be prepared to bring the Gospel to scientists and skeptics but without going through a formal degree program.

This training also opens the door to membership in the RTB Apologetics Community, where supportive and stimulating interaction takes place on an ongoing basis.

Basic Certificate

The Basic Certificate in Science Apologetics offers an entry-level program, exposing students to the foundational ideas of old-earth creationism and the distinctives of RTB's creation model approach. It consists of two 8-week courses.

Length: 16 weeks (approx. 160 hours)

Required:

  • Creation and the Bible

Choose ONE of the following:

  • Creation vs. Evolution
  • Astronomy and Design
  • One of our intensive modules offered through Tozer Seminary, Biola or Southern Evangelical Seminary (these are on-campus courses).

Intermediate Certificate

The Intermediate Certificate in Science Apologetics allows students to dig deeper into the distinctive features of RTB's creation model approach. It consists of one 8-week course and one 15-week course.

Prerequisite: Basic Certificate

Length: 23 weeks (approx. 200 hours)

Choose ONE of the following:

  • Creation vs. Evolution
  • Astronomy and Design
  • World Religions and Science (8 weeks)
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Then choose ONE of the following:

  • Advanced Seminar in Origins of Life
  • Advanced Seminar on Astronomy and Design
  • World Religions and Science (15 weeks)
  • Advanced Seminar on Human Origins
  • One of our intensive modules offered through Tozer Seminary, Biola or Southern Evangelical Seminary (these are on-campus courses).

Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Science Apologetics provides students with the opportunity to take advanced graduate seminars investigating the distinctive features of RTB's creation model approach and the reliability of the Bible. It consists of two 15-week courses.

Prerequisite: Intermediate Certificate

Length: 30 weeks (240 hours)

Choose TWO of the following:

  • Advanced Seminar on Astronomy and Design
  • Advanced Seminar in Origins of Life
  • World Religions and Science (15 weeks)
  • Advanced Seminar on Human Origins

How to enroll in the certificate program: There is no need to formally enroll in a certificate program. Simply register in these courses as an Audit student through the RTB web store. Audit students are given access to course lectures and notes as well as to group discussions and other learning activities. Audit courses offer no college credit and cannot be upgraded for college credit at a later time. If you're working toward a certificate, we do request that you notify us at learning@reasons.org. That way we help track your progress and answer any questions you may have.

Once you have completed the necessary courses for the Basic certificate and want to become a member of RTB's Apologetics Community, notify the Volunteer Apologist Manager and he will help you complete the process.

If you simply want to receive your certificate in the mail and not join the Apologetics Community, contact the Dean of Online Learning at learning@reasons.org and she will help you complete the process so you can receive your certificate in the mail. 

Students are expected to complete each certificate level within 2 years of the start of the first class.

For further information about Reasons Institute’s certificate in science apologetics program, please contact us at (855) REASONS or learning@reasons.org.


Earn college credit for RI courses!

RTB also offers a Graduate Certificate in Apologetics through Hope International University.