Training

Manchester Training Day – Tackling the Hardest Questions

6 June 2012

PLACES FOR THE MANCHESTER TRAINING DAY ARE STILL AVAILABLE AND PEOPLE ARE WELCOME TO TURN UP AND PAY ON THE DOOR. THE ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM IS NOW CLOSED. Many Christians have a desire to communicate the gospel to their non-believing friends or colleagues, but few feel well-equipped or confident to do so. It can be […]

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Training – Record number of OCCA applicants

13 July 2011

The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics is pleased to announce a record number of applicants both for the business course starting in June and the one year programme beginning next academic year. The enlargement of the student cohort is part of the on-going plan to grow the Centre, both in terms of its size and its overall influence. It is also hoped that the greater demand for places will help to broaden the already international student community further and to elevate academic standards to an even higher level still.

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DOUBT – RZIM Training Day, Oxford 2011

22 April 2011

** Downloadable recordings of the training sessions! **

DOUBT was the title of a day of apologetics training by RZIM designed to tackle vital questions such as these. The event aimed to help Christians develop a confident faith that is able to respond to the important issues today without ducking the difficult questions.

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Training Day, Oxford – 22 January 2011

9 December 2010

“Lord I believe! Help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) neatly sums up the unease that many Christians feel at certain times. We not only live in a postmodern age that is highly sceptical of any truth claim, but believers are told by the new atheists that there is almost certainly no God. The result is that many people experience a nagging sense of uncertainty; an attitude epitomised by the journalist John Humphrys in his book, In God We Doubt: Confessions of a Failed Atheist.

How then should Christians deal with the issue of doubt? Do other competing worldviews really offer the kinds of proof that Christianity supposedly lacks and what responses should we give to those who are sceptical about aspects of our faith? Could it even be possible that doubt might actually be a positive force that invites us to grow in our faith and understanding?

Doubt is a day of apologetics training designed to tackle vital questions such as these. The event aims to help Christians develop a confident faith that is able to respond to the important issues today without ducking the difficult questions.

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AFFLUENZA: Money & Power

9 December 2010

For many people, the ultimate goal in life is the acquisition of greater wealth and power. As Voltaire famously said, “When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion”. Yet, in spite of this seemingly universal quest, a number of commentators have been surprised to observe that increased levels of prosperity in society do not appear to have delivered the kind of happiness or fulfillment that they seemed to promise. Instead, the never-ending drive to accumulate more and more has been likened to a contagious disease, which can result in sufferers feeling worthless and dissatisfied.

This affliction is popularly described as affluenza, a term coined by Oliver James.

Although many in the world may be in the grip of this condition, it also presents an amazing opportunity for the Christian. During the Summer School, we will look at the causes, conditions and consequences of this global social phenomenon in order to learn more about how we might communicate the gospel message more effectively to a world suffering from affluenza. As Robert McNamara challenges us, the test of this generation “will not be how well you stood up under adversity, but how well you endured prosperity.”

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Why the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics?

26 October 2010

Apologetics is a growing area of interest for the 21st Century Christian. Many recognise the need to be ready to answer difficult questions and to give reasons why Christians believe what they do. But what format should training take? Should I pursue online, distance learning? Or a larger-scale formal course? Or be self taught? Or follow a series in my local church? The options are wide-ranging. As a former student myself, let me share some of the reasons I was drawn to the OCCA.

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Is God Really Good?

20 September 2010

Christianity has played a central role in the history of Europe and, up until fairly recently, a belief in God was considered to be a powerful force for good, not only in the life of an individual, but also for society at large. However, today, one of the major challenges that Christians face is from those who question the moral character of God.

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Good God, Bad God? Vital Questions for a Confused World

26 July 2010

Religion is in the public eye more than ever. Conversations often turn to questions of faith, and questions are asked … Why does God seem to command genocide in the Bible? Won’t science ultimately destroy faith? Doesn’t evolution explain everything? Recorded at a training partnership with St Paul’s Theological Centre, Hammersmith and RZIM Zacharias Trust […]

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