Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Recommended Apologetics Book Directory

Many have asked for a list of recommended apologetics books. This list is an attempt to provide a quick and helpful reference for apologetics reading. Each category is listed in the order in which the books are recommended. An *asterisk indicates a high recommendation. Apologetics 315 reviews are also linked here.

Keep in mind this is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list. Comment with your own recommendations.

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Beginner Apologetics
Know Why You Believe - Paul Little (review)
*On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision - William Lane Craig
*The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel
*A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics - James Sire (review)
*5 Minute Apologist - Rick Cornish
No Other Gods - Phil Fernandes (review)
The Big Argument: Does God Exist (review)
The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense - Mark Mittelberg

Apologetic Foundations
*Love Your God With All Your Mind - J.P. Moreland
*Mere Christianity - C.S. Lewis
*Testing Christianity's Truth Claims - Gordon Lewis (review)
*Trilogy - Francis Schaeffer (review)
Contend Earnestly for the Faith - Phil Fernandes
The Kingdom Triangle - J.P. Moreland (review)
Choosing Your Faith … In a World of Spiritual Options - Mark Mittelberg

General Apologetics
*I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist - Geisler & Turek (review)
*Without a Doubt - Kenneth Samples
*Contending with Christianity's Critics - Copan & Craig
Hard Questions, Real Answers - William Lane Craig (review)
True For You But Not For Me - Paul Copan
Who Made God?: Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith - Zacharias & Geisler
When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences - Norman Geisler and R. Brook
The Case for Faith - Lee Strobel
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism - Tim Keller
What's So Great About Christianity - Dinesh D'Souza
Intellectuals Don't Need God and Other Modern Myths - Alister McGrath
To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview - Moreland, Craig, & Beckwith
Why I Am a Christian - edited by Geisler & Hoffman
Reasons for Faith - edited by Geisler & Meister
That's Just Your Interpretation - Paul Copan
How Do You Know You're Not Wrong? - Paul Copan
Passionate Conviction - edited by Copan and Craig
Unshakable Foundations - Geisler & Bocchino
The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers) - Mark Mittelberg

Jesus
*The Historical Jesus - Gary Habermas (review)
*The Case for the Real Jesus - Lee Strobel
Fabricating Jesus - Craig Evans
Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus - Wilkins & Moreland
Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ - Bowman and Komoszewski
What Have They Done with Jesus? - Ben Witherington III
Reinventing Jesus - Komoszewski, Sawyer, Wallace

Resurrection of Jesus
*The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus - Habermas & Licona (review)
Evidence for the Resurrection - Josh & Sean McDowell
*The Resurrection of the Son of God - N.T. Wright (review)
The Son Rises - William Lane Craig
Did the Resurrection Happen? - Gary Habermas & Antony Flew
The Risen Jesus and Future Hope - Gary Habermas
Jesus' Resurrection: Fact or Figment?: A Debate Between Craig Ludemann

Miracles
*Hume's Abject Failure - John Earman
*In Defense of Miracles - Habermas & Geivett
Miracles - C.S. Lewis
Miracles & the Modern Mind: A Defense of Biblical Miracles - Norman Geisler

Intermediate Apologetics
*Reasonable Faith - William Lane Craig (review)
*Christian Apologetics - Norman Geisler (review)
*Scaling the Secular City - J.P. Moreland (review)
The Rationality of Theism - Copan & Moser

Advanced Apologetics
*The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology - Craig & Moreland
Naturalism: A Critical Analysis - Craig & Moreland
Cosmological Argument from Plato to Leibniz - William Lane Craig
The Kalam Cosmological Argument - William Lane Craig
Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration - Craig & Copan

Reliability of the Bible
*Can We Trust the Gospels? - Mark D. Roberts (review)
*The Historical Reliability of the Gospels - Craig Blomberg (review)
*The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? - F.F. Bruce (review)
The Canon of the New Testament - Bruce Metzger (review)
Is the New Testament Reliable? - Paul Barnett (review)
The Testimony of the Evangelists - Simon Greenleaf (review)
Inerrancy - Edited by Norman Geisler (review)
The Canon of Scripture - F.F. Bruce (review)
From God To Us - Geisler & Nix (review)
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses - Richard Baukham
Misquoting Truth - Timothy Paul Jones
The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable and Relevant? - Walter Kaiser
General Introduction to the Bible - Norman Geisler

Problem of Evil
*The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis
The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World - William Dembski
The Many Faces of Evil - John Feinberg
When God Weeps - Joni Eareckson Tada & Steven Estes
Till We Have Faces - C.S. Lewis
Evil and the Evidence for God - Douglas Geivett

Doubt
*Doubting: Growing Through the Uncertainties of Faith - Alister McGrath
Faith and Doubt - John Ortberg
In Search of a Confident Faith - Moreland and Issler

Science
A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology - Alister McGrath
Science and Christianity: Conflict or Coherence? - Henry F. Schaefer III
The Creator and the Cosmos - Hugh Ross
Why The Universe Is The Way It Is - Hugh Ross
The Fingerprint of God - Hugh Ross
Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology - William Lane Craig & Quentin Smith

Philosophy
*Philosophy of Religion - C. Stephen Evans
**Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview - Craig & Moreland (review)
*Philosophy of Religion - Norman Geisler and Winfried Corduan (review)
Reason for the Hope Within - Murray (review)
Faith and Reason - Ronald Nash
Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy - Ronald Nash
Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion - Paul Copan
Introduction to Philosophy - Geisler & Feinberg (review)
An Introduction to Christian Philosophy - Gordon H. Clark and John W. Robbins
Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult - Moreland and DeWeese
Longing To Know - Esther Meek
Thinking About God - Gregory Ganssle
Epistemology: Becoming Intellectually Virtuous - W. Jay Wood
Metaphysics: Constructing a Worldview - William Hasker (review)
Philosophy of Religion: A Reader and Guide - William Lane Craig
The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Religion - William Mann
In Defense of Natural Theology - James Sennett & Douglas Groothuis (review)
On Pascal - Douglas Groothuis (review)
Warranted Christian Belief - Alvin Plantinga
God, Freedom & Evil - Alvin Plantinga
Faith & Rationality - Alvin Plantinga
Warrant & Proper Function - Alvin Plantinga
The Nature of Necessity - Alvin Plantinga
The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology by Paul Moser (review)

Ethics
Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions - Arthur F. Holmes
Ethics: Options & Issues - Norman Geisler
The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics - Hauerwas and Wells
Moral Choices - Scott Rae
Ethix - Sean McDowell

Abortion
The Case for Life - Scott Klusendorf
Pro-Life 101 - Scott Klusendorf
Defending Life - Francis Beckwith
Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments - Randy Alcorn
Why Pro-Life? - Randy Alcorn

Existence of God
*20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists - Ken Boa & Rob Bowman (review)
*The Case for a Creator - Lee Strobel
The God Who Sits Enthroned - Phil Fernandes (review)
The Existence of God - Richard Swinburne (review)
The Existence of God edited by John Hick (review)
Does God Exist: The Craig-Flew Debate
Does God Exist? - J.P. Moreland and Kai Nielsen

Logic
*A Rulebook for Arguments - Anthony Weston (review)
*Being Logical - D.Q. McInerny (review)
**Asking the Right Questions - Neil Browne & Stuart M. Keely (review)
*Nonsense: A Handbook of Logical Fallacies - Robert Gula (review)
Informal Logic - Douglas Walton (review)
Come Let Us Reason - Geisler & Brookes (review)
Introduction to Logic - Irving Copi (review)
Logic - Gordon Clark (review)
Biblical Logic - Joel McDurmon
Socratic Logic - Peter Kreeft
A Concise Introduction to Logic - Hurley

History of Apologetics
*A History of Apologetics - Avery Dulles (review)
*Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics - L. Rush Bush (review)
Christian Apologetics Past & Present: A Primary Source Reader - Edgar & Oliphint
Faith in the Age of Reason - Jonathan Hill (review)

Apologetics Reference Books
*Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion - C. Stephen Evans (review)
*Pocket Handbook of Christian Apologetics - Kreeft & Tacelli
*Handbook of Christian Apologetics - Kreeft & Tacelli
Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics - Doug Powell
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics - Norman Geisler
New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics - Evans, Campbell-Jack, McGrath
Evidence That Demands a Verdict - Josh McDowell
Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties - Gleeson Archer
Big Book of Bible Difficulties - Geisler & Howe
Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences - House & Holden
The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics - Hindsun & Caner
Hard Sayings of the Bible - Kaiser, Davids, Bruce, Brauch

Apologetics Study Bibles
*The Apologetics Study Bible
Apologetics Study Bible for Students

Books on Methodology
*Faith Has Its Reasons - Ken Boa & Robert Bowman
*5 Views on Apologetics - Cowan, Gundry, Habermas, Craig
The Apologetics of Jesus - Geisler & Zukeran
Classical Apologetics - R.C. Sproul

Presuppositional Apologetics
*Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction - John Frame
*Always Ready - Greg Bahnsen
*Presuppositional Apologetics Stated and Defended - Greg Bahnsen
The Portable Presuppositionalist - Jamin Hubner
Pushing the Antithesis: The Apologetic Methodology - Greg Bahnsen
Van Til's Apologetic: Readings and Analysis - Greg Bahnsen
The Defense of the Faith - Cornelius Van Til
Christian Apologetics - Cornelius Van Til
Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought - John Frame
Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth - Jr. Richard L. Pratt

Cults
*Kingdom of the Cults - Walter Martin
The Kingdom of the Occult - Walter Martin
Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons - Rhodes & Bodine
Reasoning from the Scriptures with Muslims - Ron Rhodes
Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses - Ron Rhodes
Reasoning from the Scriptures with Masons - Ron Rhodes
The Challenge of the Cults and New Religions - Ron Rhodes
Angels Among Us: Separating Fact from Fiction - Ron Rhodes
The New Mormon Challenge - Beckwith, Mosser, Owen
Unmasking the New Age - Douglas Groothuis

Atheism
*God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? - John Lennox
* God is Great, God is Good - edited by William Lane Craig & Chad Meister (review)
*The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions - David Berlinski
If There is a God, Why Are There Atheists? - R.C. Sproul
A Sceptic's Guide to Atheism - Peter S. Williams
Atheism Remix - Albert Mohler
The Dawkins Delusion - Alister McGrath
The Dawkins Letters - David Robertson
The Real Face of Atheism - Ravi Zacharias
The End of Reason - Ravi Zacharias (review)
The Twilight of Atheism - Alister McGrath
The Future of Atheism - Alister McGrath & Daniel Dennett
Faith of the Fatherless - Paul Vitz
The Atheist Delusion - Phil Fernandes
Atheism & Theism - Smart & Haldane
There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind - Antony Flew (review)
The Truth Behind the New Atheism - David Marshall

Apologetics and Evangelism
**Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions - Greg Koukl (review)
*On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision - William Lane Craig
*Questioning Evangelism - Randy Newman
*The God Question: An Invitation to a Life of Meaning - J.P. Moreland
How to Argue Like Jesus - Carter & Coleman
Corner Conversations - Randy Newman
When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics - Paul Copan
Why Good Arguments Often Fail - James Sire
Conversational Evangelism - David Geisler
The God Conversation - Moreland & Muehlhoff
Dialogical Apologetics: A Person-Centered Approach to Christian Defense - David Clark
Humble Apologetics - John Stackhouse
Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion - Wiliam Edgar
Apologetics for a New Generation - Sean McDowell

Intelligent Design
*Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need to Know in Plain Language - Dembski & McDowell
*The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design - Jonathan Wells
*The Edge of Evolution - Michael Behe
*The Design Inference - William Dembski
Icons of Evolution - Jonathan Wells
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis - Michael Denton
*Signature in the Cell - Stephen Meyer
Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology - Dembski & Behe
The Design Revolution - William Dembski
The Cell's Design - Fazale Rana
The Privileged Planet - Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe - Behe, Dembski, Meyer
Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design - Thomas Woodward
Billions of Missing Links: A Rational Look at the Mysteries Evolution Can't Explain - Geoffrey Simmons
Darwin's Black Box - Michael Behe
Darwin on Trial - Phillip Johnson
The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues - Mike Gene

Worldviews
*World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test - Ken Samples
*Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept - James Sire
*Total Truth - Nancy Pearcy
Worldviews in Conflict - Ronald Nash
The Universe Next Door - James Sire

Postmodernism / Relativism
*Relativism - Koukl & Beckwith
Truth Decay - Douglas Groothuis
A Refutation of Moral Relativism - Peter Kreeft

Classics in Apologetics
The First Apology of Justin - Justin Martyr
Irenaeus Against Heresies - Irenaeus
The Apology - Turtullian
Against Celsus - Origen
*Confessions - Augustine
*The City of God - Augustine
Monologium & Proslogium - Anselm
Summa Contra Gentiles - Thomas Aquinas
*Summa Theologica - Thomas Aquinas
*Institutes of the Christian Religion - John Calvin
The Analogy of Religion - Joseph Butler
*Natural Theology - William Paley (review)
A View of the Evidences of Christianity - William Paley
**Pensées - Blaise Pascal (review)

DVDs
The Lee Strobel Film Collection
*Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed
The Privileged Planet
Unlocking the Mystery of Life
Darwin's Dilemma (review)
Icons of Evolution
Collision (Wilson & Hitchens)

45 comments :

peterrocks21 said...

Thanks a lot for this list, a lot of good books. I do have to say that I am disappointed that 'The Irrational Athesit' by Vox Day did not make it on the "atheist" list. In my opinion he makes the most debilitating blow to the new atheists.

Thomas said...

Great list, Brian! Thanks!

BubbaCoop said...

I didn't see any books from the largest publisher of apologetic material, Master Books

http://www.nlpg.com/store/default.php?cPath=2_20

bossmanham said...

Great list! Thanks for this.

Bruce said...

This is off-topic, but Paul Copan put up a great post at the evangelical philosophical societys blog: http://www.epsociety.org/blog/2009/11/god-evidence-and-will.asp

Of particular note is a list of questions (they have bullet points so you can spot them quick) that I think some non-Christian readers of this blog could benefit from considering.

Matthew said...

I hope this list will be updated in the future.

Brian Current said...

Brian,

thank you for this list!

besides “Tactics” by Koukl (phenomenal, highly recommended!), can you point out if any of these or any audio from you MP3 list deals directly with every day, practical conversation?

Brian said...

Brian, as for practical conversation, check out the Greg Koukl audio from the Saddleback Conference as well as the Conversational Evanglism audio link. Also check out these Tactics Resources by Greg Koukl.

That should be a start I think. Thanks for reading.

Brian Current said...

Thanks, Brian.

I watched Doug Wilson in “Collision” and I know he takes a Van Tillian Presuppositional approach. Is there anyone else out there speaking and engaging people that use this method (and not just write about it)?

Brian said...

I just watched that video today. Good stuff.

John Frame, James White, and Matt Slick would be my recommendations for learning more about the presuppositional approach.

The CARM radio show at carm.org will have various interactions with people using a more presuppositional approach.

James White's debates (his first with Dan Barker) was presuppositional in nature.

You might also want to look into John Frame's Apologetics Course here. He is also interviewed on the approach here.

A sort of hybrid approach would be something like Francis Schaeffer - his Trilogy book shows reveals some of his methodology, which was a big influence on Greg Koukl, I believe.

Brian said...

25 more books added to the list. Thanks Apologetic Junkie!

Brian said...

5 Pro-Life books added. Thanks, Rusty.

Freecube said...

A book that you might not have heard of, it's kind of out of the way, is World without Design: The Ontological Consequences of Naturalism by Michael C. Rea. I haven't personally read it, but I've heard good things about it.

Jamin Hubner said...

forgot "The Portable Presuppositionalist," a must for the presup section.

Brian said...

Thanks, Jamin. Just added it.

peterrocks21 said...

Hey Brian, I have a question. I notice that you have 'Cosmological Arguments from Plato to Leibniz' on the list but not 'The Kalam cosmological argument'. I want to read more in depth into the kalam argument specifically and was wondering what book you would recommend. Is 'Cosmological Arguments from Plato to Leibniz' easier to read? Because that may sway me. thanks.

Brian said...

As for recommending one over the other, I suppose it would depend more upon what exactly your focus is. The Kalam is one cosmological argument. So if you want to read just about that, go with the Kalam book. But if you want to understand the various cosmological arguments go with "Plato to Leibniz."

Oh, and I added the Kalam book to the list. Thanks!

Shastri JC Philip said...

There are about 20 FREE ebooks on apologetics at the side-bar of www.BrethrenAssembly.com

BubbaCoop said...

@Brian Current,

Jason Lisle wrote The Ultimate Proof of Creation and uses a presuppositional approach in his lectures (as his debates are few, but I do have 2 on DVD.) As a PhD Astrophysicist, he also uses plenty of evidence.

Andrew Snelling has a new 1,100 page book on Flood Geology.

The Seeking Disciple said...

I would also recommend "Creation and Change" by Douglas Kelly. Kelly, though a theologian, tackles the tough issues of creationism as found and debated in Genesis 1-2. A great read!

Carolyn said...

This is an excellent list!

Have you thought of adding any books by John Blanchard, e.g "Does God Believe in Athiests", "Has Science Got Rid of God" and Is God Past His Sell by Date"? All of them excellent.

Luis Dizon said...

If I may make some suggestions for the list:

On Presuppositional Apologetics:

K. Scott Oliphint and Lane Tipton - Revelation and Reason
http://www.amazon.com/Revelation-Reason-Essays-Reformed-Apologetics/dp/0875525962/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268936827&sr=1-1

K. Scott Oliphint - Reasons (For Faith)
http://www.amazon.com/Reasons-Faith-Philosophy-Service-Theology/dp/0875526454/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268936840&sr=1-3

On Worldviews:

J. Mark Bertrand - Rethinking Worldview
http://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Worldview-Learning-Think-Speak/dp/1581349343/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268936965&sr=1-1

On Reliability of the Bible:
Gleason Archer - New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties
http://www.amazon.com/New-International-Encyclopedia-Bible-Difficulties/dp/0310241464/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268937142&sr=1-1

On Jesus:

Darrell Bock and Daniel Wallace - Dethroning Jesus
http://www.amazon.com/Dethroning-Jesus-Exposing-Cultures-Biblical/dp/B001O9CDPG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268937227&sr=1-1

Luis Dizon said...

And on Postmodernism/Relativism: It may also help to look up books written by David F. Wells. He's got some great books on that subject.

Brian said...

Thanks for those suggestions, Luis. I appreciate it.

Jordan said...

Great list, thanks for compiling it -- my reading list just got a bit longer!

But nothing from Chesterton? C'mon, "Orthodoxy" and "The Everlasting Man" deserve to be mentioned in my opinion.

Branches said...

Thanks for the list! A few suggestions: Scott Oliphint's "Reasons (for Faith): Philosophy in the Service of Theology"is a fairly in-depth book on the philosophy of religion. Also "The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God (A Theology of Lordship)" by John Frame is great for dealing with epistemological issues from a reformed/biblical perspective. You might also take a look at "Speaking the Truth in Love (A Festschrift to John Frame)", it has some good essays on the transcendental argument. For the Cults section check out Peter Jones' "On Global Wizardry: Techniques of Pagan Spirituality and a Christian Response" which takes a fairly sophisticated look at neo-paganism from a Christian perspective. It includes contributions by a number of authors.

Branches said...

A few more for the cults section:

The Making of the New Spirituality: The Eclipse of the Western Religious Tradition (IVP) - James Herrick

Panentheism: The Other God of the Philosophers (Baker Academic) - John Cooper

Spirituality: Old and New (IVP) - Donald Bloesch

On Global Wizardry: Techniques of Pagan Spirituality and a Christian Response - ed. Peter Jones

Apologetics in the New Age: A Christian Critique of Pantheism (Baker) - David Clark and Normam Giesler

Michael Baldwin said...

I think you definitely need to have, "How Long, O Lord?" by D.A. Carson under the problem of evil section. Also, I think you should probably include "A Grief Observed" also by C. S. Lewis, because sometimes I think when it comes to apologetics on the subject of evil, emotional responses and heart-felt honesty is often more important than a technical analytic response. I think both responses are necessary though, and one shouldn't be neglected in favour of another.

The emotional objection is much more of a stumbling block to seekers and sceptics than the logical one in my opinion.

Noelle Flores said...

Great list. Agree that Chesterton's Orthodoxy and The Everlasting Man need to be there.

Also, I can't say enough good things about Who Made God by Edgar Andrews. Maybe my favorite apologetics this year.

Noelle's Dad

Anonymous said...

I would like to recommend an excellent book defending the description given in the New Testament of our Lord Jesus Christ. "The Jesus of The Evangelists: His Historical Character Vindicated", by Charles A. Row. Although written in 1868, his approach to defending Christ as described in the N.T. is quite unique. He starts out by assuming The N.T. description of Jesus is at least partly, if not completely mythical. He even allows for a dating of the N.T. in the 2nd or 3rd century. He then refutes mythical claims of skeptics by showing the impossibility of the biblical Jesus being developed out of the culture and existing beliefs and myths of Jews and Gentiles, before the advent, and during the early spread of Christianity. A most excellent and faith building read.

Peter said...

A really great introductory book to presuppositional apologetics is the Ultimate Proof for Creation by Jason Lisle. This book is extremely understandable. A great introduction that has a lot of meat to it.

Anonymous said...

Awesome list! I know this takes work! Wondering however, why is none of Clark's books in the Presuppositional Apologetics section?

Randy Chase said...

I love this list, I have read a number of these books. I have to say that "There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind - Antony Flew was a great read!! As well as Dawkins Delusion by McGrath. Another great book is Finding God at Harvard.I write a small blog and I invite anyone to check it out: livewellblessbetter.blogspot.com let me know what you think. Thanks.

derek farrin said...

looks like I got a lot of purchasing and alot of reading to do, but most importantly, the bible is the primary source of our christian faith, in terms of doctrine and gaining wisdom from the almighty God, which im sure alot of you know this already, but its always good as a reminder brothers and sisters. By the way I read the book "one thing you cant do in heaven" by mark cahill, really powerful evangelist book which id recommend every christian to read.

T said...

On the reliability of the Bible, I wonder whether Kenneth Kitchen's book should be included here?

Also, C Stephen Evans Natural Signs and the Knowledge of God is a brilliant contribution to our understanding of the arguments for God's Existence.

JAJohnson said...

Great list! "Beyond Opinion" by Ravi Zacharias should be on here. It's very helpful in understanding the ethos of other worldviews, including common ground with Christianity from which to begin dialogue. I find it pairs very well with Stackhouse's "Humble Apologetics" in helping prepare one to not be a "robo-apologist" in our interpersonal discussions (as opposed to head-to-head debate formats, which probably don't apply to many of us).

Matt Tague said...

Great list of apologetic resources and very thorough too. Thanks for all the information on this wonderful site!

Jeff Franzwa said...

Hi Brian. This is a very good list. Have you considered including "Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Douglas Groothuis?" Thank you for all your help.

Robert Hall said...

For the reliability of the bible, please add Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace to the list. I've read the book and it is awesome and will be leading a group on it this summer.

Anonymous said...

My query is quite different. I am from the Philippines and was brought up in a Roman Catholic background. Roman Catholicism in this part of the world is akin to Christo paganism, as what is being practiced in some parts of Latin America. It's just recently that I have come to experience the truth of Biblical Christianity. I would like to ask for suggestions on how to deal with Roman Catholicism on issues of doctrine and making my Catholic friends understand that Biblical Christianity is different from their practices. As a young Christian, I also would like some recommendation on what books on Systematic Theology would be very helpful in my quest to the perfect knowledge and will of God.

Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Brian, how about a list of books specifically dealing with Messianic prophesy? I would be interested in seeing what others think are authoritative. Perhaps the list would feature names such as Michael Brown and Louis Lapides. Thank you. Jeff Franzwa, Lexington, KY (USA)

Sathishkumar Borugadda said...

You Have Forgotten the Great Apologist on the Entire Planet SAM SHAMOUN. Please consider my request

Rich said...

there's a lot of books out there for beginning apologists and a lot books for skeptics, but what do you recommend for an agnostic or atheist that becomes a Christian? the usual discipleship stuff seems pretty sugary, written more for cultural Christians who take the step to accepting Christ..

John said...

Brian, I've been listeneing to the interviews podcast and have been so reinvigorated in loving the Lord with my mind (in addtion to heart and strength), and wanted to publicly say thank God for your ministry!

As far as book reccomendations, what are some trustworthy resources for translations/commentaries on the early apostolic fathers writings?

Brian Auten said...

Thanks for the feedback, John.
Sorry I don't have any specific recommendations for early apostolic fathers writings.

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