The School of Biblical Apologetics (SOBA) is an educational arm of the Institute for Creation Research and a part of ICR’s broader mission. In a world of confusion and compromise, ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics will examine and promote God’s truth for Christian leaders who seek specialized training in the blended fields of biblical education and apologetics.
ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics promotes and represents ICR’s commitment to the Bible’s authenticity, accuracy, understandability, and authority, even unto every “jot and tittle” (Matthew 5:18). Accordingly, SOBA teaches biblical education and apologetics based upon a foundation of divine revelation, and equips the student to minister for God with an eye for eternity, using research and analysis skills, and a plethora of apologetics insights. As Paul taught Timothy (2 Timothy 2:2), SOBA intends to train leaders who will in turn teach God’s truth to others.
The resident and adjunct faculty of SOBA are all mature Christian leaders committed to the Bible’s teachings, having earned terminal degrees from an impressive variety of competent seminaries, universities, Bible colleges, and liberal arts colleges around the United States. Recognizing the value of practitioner educators, each of our faculty is experienced and actively involved in biblical education, Bible-based apologetics, and/or some other form of practical Christian ministry.
SOBA students receive a rigorous and thorough education in biblical foundations, contrasting the Bible’s teachings about the Creator and His creation with popular false teachings (e.g., the many forms of secular and religious humanism). Students analyze and critique standard evolutionary theories found in secular universities, as well as theological compromises popular within religious community circles.
SOBA students gain the additional benefit of learning an abundance of evidence of the supernatural and providential workings of our Creator—the “many infallible proofs” of God. Critical thinking and analysis skills are taught, to whet the student’s ability to discern and clarify truth, and to refute criticisms of God’s Word.
We are delighted that you are considering applying to the School of Biblical Apologetics. We stand ready to respond to your questions and trust that your decision—and your degree—will lead you to a fruitful and exciting life of service for the God who has revealed Himself through His Creation, His Word, and His Son.
Henry M. Morris III, M.Div., M.B.A., D.Min.
Message from the President
The anti-biblical theory of evolution, as is commonly known, holds a monopoly on discourse in our modern society’s secularized scientific community, as well as in other secularized idea forums, such as the worldly world of television.
Worse than the evolutionary monopoly in the all-too-secularized world of the scientific community, however, is the theological and intellectual compromise within the Church. A number of religious leaders, professing Christianity, almost ubiquitously compromise the Bible’s plain teachings about the Creator’s identity, about the process of creation, and about how God directs us to act as His witnesses before the watching world.
The School of Biblical Apologetics’ parent institution, the Institute for Creation Research, is known for its scientific research into, and open advocacy of, a creationist view of early earth history. Likewise, SOBA clearly espouses the biblical creationist view of origins and earth history–recent creation and the global Flood. The great world-altering events of Genesis inform our learning and our teaching about God, human beings, and the rest of the world of creation. Students at SOBA have the rare opportunity to learn Bible, theology, history, and natural science from cutting-edge Bible scholars, apologetics-focused theologians, scientists, and historians. The online classroom experience, in a flexible format, facilitates the learning process, and Christian service practicums sharpen practical ministry skills.
I would encourage you to join us in the School of Biblical Apologetics, partnering with us in the equipping of the saints to clarify and communicate God’s truth. May God lead you in the days ahead, and may He grant you multiplied fruit from your labors.
John D. Morris, Ph.D.
Message from the Chief Academic Officer
Thank you for considering ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics. Our calling is to partner with students who seek to learn, know, personalize, and communicate truth in ways that honor the Lord Jesus Christ. That truth, of course, has been authoritatively provided to us by our Creator, who has graciously provided us with the living Word of God, Christ (who is Truth incarnate, as John 14:6 indicates), whom we only know through His written Word (which Christ defined as God’s truth in John 17:17).
Specifically, SOBA seeks to train Christian adults who are committed to a biblical view of Scripture, science, and history—uncompromised by evolutionary concepts or other forms of false teaching. In particular, we seek to equip those who have both the God-honoring zeal and persistent self discipline required to excel in a program that is both rigorous and rewarding. The School of Biblical Apologetics has been designed by ICR’s SOBA team to meet the practical needs of today’s online learner, based upon online education experience acquired by members of that team from other online Christian education programs.
Our programs involves integrating information with analytical thinking, relevant to biblical education and apologetics. However, the dominant emphasis is comprehension and practical application, not memorizing miscellaneous details or fancy vocabulary.
If you join with us, you will have the opportunity to study with practitioners and scholars in the interrelated fields of biblical education and apologetics, a valuable learning experience to equip Christians who can teach and provide leadership in Christian education—taking the role of spiritual stewardship seriously.
James J. S. Johnson, J.D., Th.D.
Message from the Registrar
We hope that you will consider attending the School of Biblical Apologetics. You will enjoy the straightforward way the courses are taught, with many insights into how to make the learned concepts practical every day.
Because SOBA does not accept any government funding, our costs have been kept as low as possible. We hope this will allow as many interested students as possible to participate.
As Registrar, I am available to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact me by phone at 214.615.8322 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.