Dec 12

Literary Apologetics Certificate Program

2Athanatos Christian Ministries has a unique approach to apologetics: We believe that the culture itself has a tremendous impact on what one believes and that the culture in turn is heavily influenced by the arts. Christianity is often undermined by cultural undercurrents, but historically Christians themselves have been highly involved in contributing to the cultural conversation. ACM hopes to help renew that involvement by encouraging Christians to enter the public sphere in a knowledgeable fashion. Criticism has rightly been levied against the ‘Christian ghetto,’ but that doesn’t mean we should dilute–or worse, jettison–our Christian faith in a quest to be accepted by non-Christians. Rather, our goal should be to understand that there is a relationship between the culture, arts, and one’s worldview, whether we like it or not. Hence, it is necessary at all times to understand how our own faith impacts our creations while being sensitive to the realities that exist in our largely unbelieving culture.

ACM’s Literary Apologetics Certificate Program is designed to ensure that our artists are theologically informed, alert to modern challenges to the faith, and understand that having a genuine Christian faith is no substitute for the need for excellence in our writing, music, etc. At this time, ACM’s emphasis is on literature. In due time, other artistic forms may be added.

More information about ACM’s other literary apologetics activities, please visit their website:

Use the form at bottom to Contact ACM.

Program Requirements

In order to successfully obtain the Lit. Apol. Certificate, one must complete seventeen courses that are divided roughly into four sections.. Students are required to take the Christian Educator Training Course and the Principles of Literary Apologetics Course before taking any of the others.  The Writing Workshop is also required. What follows is subject to revision.

Strongly, strongly, strongly suggested readings: Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey (read prior to beginning program.

The four areas are:

  • General Theology
  • General Apologetics
  • Literary Apologetics
  • Writing and the Arts

General Theology:

  • Christian Educator Training Course [counts as two courses, and must be taken first]
  • Theology related Elective
  • Theology related Elective

General Apologetics:

  • Accessible Apologetics (or equivalent survey course)
  • Apologetics related Elective
  • Apologetics related Elective
  • General Theology/Apologetics related Elective

Literary Apologetics:

  • Principles of Literary Apologetics [Must be taken before any other LA or Writing and the Arts courses]
  • The Fiction of Dorothy Sayers, GK Chesterton, and Charles Williams
  • Studies in Myth (CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, George MacDonald)
  • Studies in Poetry (Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, Herbert, Eliot)

Writing and the Arts:

  • Online Writer’s Workshop
  • Writing related Elective
  • Writing related Elective
  • Wordsmithing
  • Writing for Publication

 Cost and Payment Plan

  • $2,500 if a single payment is made (must be paid prior to beginning the program).
  • $3,000 if more than 1 payment is made (payments can be structured creatively, but must be paid within an 18 month time frame).
  • All courses can be taken ‘a la carte.’ You don’t have to enroll in one of our certificate programs to take them. Just go to the academy course interface and sign up for the course you want following these instructions.
  • No matter how the payments are made, the student will be asked to cover the transaction charges (ie, many credit cards charge 3% per transaction, and more if it is international) if there are any.  Some forms of payment (like Dwolla) have no transaction charges.

Application Process

Not all applicants will be accepted. Please fill out the contact form below to begin the process. Your inquiry will be directed to the directors of the literary apologetics program for follow up.  Discounts and scholarships are available.

General requirements for applicants include:

  • An orthodox Christian faith.
  • A willingness to learn.
  • The ability (eg, the applicant has the necessary time available) to complete the program.