Monday, June 29, 2009

100 Christian Apologists

Get to know 100 Christian apologists. Most are current. Some are dead. A couple are very old. Some are not popular. They range from world-class philosophers and thinkers to internet and radio apologists. But all have made an impact with their works and ministries. They are in alphabetical order. (This is not a top 100, and theologians and church fathers have been left out.)


1. Kerby Anderson - VP of International Society of Christian Apologetics.
2. John Ankerberg - Founder of Ankerberg Theological Research Institute; Great podcast.
3. Greg Bahnsen - the late great presuppositional apologist. Debated Gordon Stein.
4. Andy Bannister - London School of Theology / Oxford Centre for Christian apologetics.
5. Francis Beckwith - noted philosopher and apologist, especially in the area of ethics.
6. Ken Boa - relational evangelism, discipleship, apologetics.
7. Darrell Bock - Research Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
8. Joe Boot - apologist, educator, author and pastor.
9. Robert Bowman - noted apologetics and theology teacher (Biola)
10. Justin Brierley - host of Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio, UK.
11. Kyle Butt - staff at Apologetics Press and editor of Discovery magazine. Debated Barker.
12. Ted Cabal - general editor of The Apologetics Study Bible.
13. Charlie Campbell - itinerant apologist and head of AlwaysBeReady.com.
14. Edward John Carnell - was a prominent and influential Christian theologian and apologist.
15. G.K. Chesterton - famous author, philosopher, theologian, apologist.
16. David K. Clark - apologist with notable books; teaches at Bethel Seminary
17. Gordon Clark - Christian philosopher, apologist, and theologian. Contemporary of Van Til.
18. Kelly James Clark - notable philosopher of religion, author; Calvin College.
19. Gene Cook - host of UnchainedRadio; reformed pastor and apologist. Owns a pit bull.
20. Paul Copan - Philosophy and ethics; noted apologist and author.
21. Winfried Corduan - Christian philosopher of religion; noted author.
22. Steven B. Cowan - Associate director of Apologetics Resource Center; Areopagus Journal
23. William Lane Craig - philosopher, theologian, apologist; Debater par excellence.
24. Dinesh D’Souza - writer, speaker, debater. Various notable debates.
25. William Dembski - philosopher of science and mathematician; ID theorist.
26. William Edgar - Professor of Apologetics Westminster Theological Seminary; jazz pianist.
27. Lenny Esposito - founder of ComeReason apologetics ministry.
28. C. Stephen Evans - philosophy of religion; apologetics; great author. Baylor.
29. Paul D. Feinberg - the late philosopher of religion and apologist; author.
30. Harold Felder - founder of GivingAnAnswer apologetics ministry.
31. Phil Fernandes - Christian philosopher, apologist, debater. Tremendous audio resources.
32. John Frame - Reformed Theological Seminary; reformed apologist; Van Til expert.
33. Norman Geisler - prolific author of over 70 books; Classical apologist.
34. R. Douglas Geivett - Professor of Philosophy Talbot Department of Philosophy / Biola
35. Simon Greenleaf - legal scholar famous for his book Testimony of the Evangelists.
36. Douglas Groothuis - Christian philosopher, author, teacher.
37. Shandon L. Guthrie - philosophy, apologetics, atheism, comparative religions, ethics.
38. Gary Habermas - the world's foremost expert on the resurrection of Jesus.
39. Hank Hanegraaff - today's Bible Answer Man.
40. Craig Hazen - director of Biola's Christian Apologetics program.
41. J.P. Holding - founded Tektonics apologetics website; author.
42. Anthony Horvath - Athanatos Christian Ministries and online Apologetics Academy.
43. Phillip E. Johnson - one of the key leaders of the Intelligent Design movement.
44. Walter Kaiser - scholar, writer, educator, and distinguished Professor of Old Testament.
45. Timothy Keller - urban pastor and apologist noted for his clear communication.
46. Greg Koukl - apologist and president of Stand to Reason; excellent radio program.
47. Peter Kreeft - professor of philosophy at Boston College, noted apologist.
48. John Lennox - philosopher of science, mathematician, Oxford debater of Dawkins.
49. C.S. Lewis - famous author, lecturer, apologist; Narnia books, Mere Christianity.
50. Gordon Lewis - philosopher and theologian; author of Testing Christianity's Truth Claims.
51. Mike Licona - historian and apologist; authority on the resurrection of Jesus.
52. Bruce Little - philosopher noted for work on the problem of evil and theodicy.
53. Paul Little - late apologist and author noted for his simple style and easy communication.
54. David Marshall - world cultures, outspoken against new atheism.
55. Walter Martin - most famous for his Kingdom of the Cults book; the original Answer Man.
56. Stuart McAllister - Scottish itinerant cultural apologist with RZIM.
57. Josh McDowell - famous for Evidence that Demands a Verdict.
58. Sean McDowell - worldview youth minister / itinerant apologist.
59. Alex McFarland - itinerant apologist targeting young people, teens.
60. Alister McGrath - Oxford professor of theology, author and opponent of new atheism.
61. Chad Meister - philosopher of religion, ethics, logic; apologist, author; Bethel College.
62. Angus Menuge - Concordia University professor of philosophy.
63. Stephen Meyer -philosopher of science, intelligent design theorist, author.
64. Albert Mohler - president of SBTS, worldview cultural commentator, author, radio host.
65. John Warwick Montgomery - perhaps the most famous evidentialist apologist.
66. J.P. Moreland - Christian philosopher, noted author, apologist.
67. Jonathan Morrow - blogger, author and Christian worldview apologist.
68. Ronald Nash - Professor Philosophy and Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary
69. Randall Niles - itinerant and multimedia apologist.
70. David Noebel - founder of Summit Ministries and worldview apologist.
71. Scott Oliphint - Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology WTS
72. Amy Orr-Ewing - Director of Training of the Zacharias Trust.
73. Craig Parton - trial lawyer and noted Lutheran apologist.
74. Alvin Plantinga - world-class philosopher; reformed epistemology, philosophy of religion.
75. Doug Powell - excellent multimedia apologist at SelflessDefense.
76. Michael Ramsden - European Director of Zacharias Trust, speaker for RZIM.
77. Fazale Rana - PhD biochemist with Reasons to Believe.
78. Ron Rhodes - author and apologist founder of Reasoning from the Scriptures.
79. John W. Robbins - reformed apologist, founder of Trinity Foundation.
80. Mark D. Roberts - pastor, author, speaker, blogger. Emphasis in NT / Gospels.
81. David Robertson - Scottish pastor famous/notorious for his Dawkins Letters.
82. Hugh Ross - astrophysicist apologist and old Earth creationist; founder Reasons to Believe.
83. Kenneth Samples - reformed philosopher, theologian, apologist with Reasons to Believe.
84. Francis Schaeffer - famous late cultural apologist, author, philosopher; founder of L'Abri.
85. Mary Jo Sharp - author, apologist, debater; founder of Confident Christianity.
86. James Sire - influential worldview author, apologist, and speaker.
87. Matt Slick - founder of CARM.org, one of the best apologetics encyclopedias on the web.
88. R.C. Sproul - notable theologian, author, and classical apologist.
89. Don Stewart - prolific author, apologist, and host of the Bible Explorer.
90. Lee Strobel - journalist famous for his Case for Christ series of books; popular apologist.
91. Richard Swinburne - world-class Oxford philosopher of religion; author.
92. Frank Turek - itinerant apologist and founder of CrossExamined; debated Hitchens.
93. Cornelius Van Til - the most famous presuppositional reformed apologist.
94. Jim Wallace - cold case detective, pastor, and apologist; excellent podcast.
95. James White - theologian, author, prolific debater, and reformed apologist.
96. Dallas Willard - Christian philosopher; notable works in philosophy, discipleship,
97. Peter S. Williams - Christian philosopher; notable works countering Dawkins
98. Douglas Wilson - presuppositional apologist; number of atheist debates (Hitchens, Barker)
99. N.T. Wright - Bishop of Durham; notable work on the resurrection.
100. Ravi Zacharias -perhaps today's most notable international cultural apologist.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Quote: John Polkinghorne on Fine-Tuning

“When you realize that the laws of nature must be incredibly finely tuned to produce the universe we see, that conspires to plant the idea that the universe did not just happen, but that there must be a purpose behind it.”1

– John Polkinghorne

1. (John Polkinghorne, Cambridge University physicist, "Science Finds God," Newsweek, 20 July, 1998)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Objective Moral Values Q&A with Ravi Zacharias MP3 Audio

Good and Evil. Ravi Zacharias explains how in reality there can be no “good” apart from God in this question-and-answer session, recorded before a live audience in Seattle, Washington. Original source here.

MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Apologetics 315 Audio Junkie Feed

If you are an audio junkie and like apologetics stuff, here's the feed for you. This is one way we keep the Apologetics315 iPod stocked with good MP3s. Audio will be constantly added to the feed (a podcast). If it is pretty good, it will stay on the feed. If it isn't, it will get deleted off the feed. You can keep track of what's going into this feed by following on twitter.

Feed here. Subscribe directly in iTunes.

Enjoy.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Signature in the Cell MP3 Audio by Stephen Meyer

In Signature in the Cell, Dr. Stephen Meyer examines how the digital code embedded in DNA points powerfully to a designing intelligence and helps unravel a mystery that Darwin did not address: how did the very first life begin?
This talk explains the thesis of this new book.

Full MP3 Audio here. Or watch the video, complete with animations.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fatherhood and Atheism: Paul Vitz Interview MP3 Audio

Dr. Paul Vitz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at New York University, Professor and Senior Scholar at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, author of "Faith of the Fatherless: the Psychology of Atheism" is interviewed on Issues Etc. on the subject: Fatherhood and Atheism. Get the Issues Etc. podcast here or in iTunes.

Full MP3 Audio here. More by Paul Vitz here.

Enjoy.

Monday, June 22, 2009

John Lennox Apologetics Audio MP3s

Here are a few MP3 audios of John Lennox from the recent Basics 2009 Conference from TruthforLife. The audio from this conference is currently available for FREE download. Not sure how long that will be the case.
Engaging the New Atheism - MP3
Engaging the Mind: The Defense of Christianity - MP3
Using Scripture to Engage the Mind and Imagination - MP3

Other MP3's from this conference include sessions by Tim Challies, John Piper, and Alistair Begg.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

All About Atheism: An Extensive Guide

Looking for an article dealing with atheism? Look to this article by Mariano of Atheism is Dead, where you can find lots of other atheism links. Or, download the 32-page PDF here.

Article here.

Enjoy.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Apologetics Interview with Norman Geisler MP3 Audio

Apologist Harold C. Felder's website GivingAnAnswer.org hosts a podcast with a number of good audios, including this great interview with Dr. Norman Geisler on apologetics. Other interviews can be found here.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Where is God in Failure? MP3 Audio by William Lane Craig

For those familiar with W.L. Craig's book Hard Questions, Real Answers, this talk is based on the material regarding failure. This may be an especially helpful talk for many. WLC offers his own personal experiences and lessons regarding failure. Video can be found here.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Follow Apologetics 315 on Twitter

For those who are interested, you can follow Apologetics 315 on Twitter. Or just watch the blog sidebar for periodic updates on apologetics links, resources, commentary, thoughts, etc.
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Resources for Better Public Speaking

Apologist Greg Koukl recently mentioned "studying your craft" on his weekly podcast. He mentioned public speaking, in particular. This included reading books on the subject and learning in an environment such as Toastmasters (which is highly recommended by Apologetics 315). So here are some basic resources for improving communication and public speaking skills:

• 101 Secrets of Highly Successful Speakers book (iTunes) - (Amazon)
The Public Speaker Podcast: Quick and Dirty Tips for Improving Your Communication Skills - iTunes
• Public Speaking & Presentation Skills Articles - from College of Public Speaking
• What the Heck is Toastmasters? - MP3
• Ten Tips for Public Speaking - from Toastmasters
Find a Toastmasters near you.
Recommend your own resources in the comments...

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Importance of Defending the Faith MP3 by Charlie Campbell

Apologist Charlie Campbell presents an excellent introductory talk on apologetics entitled: The Importance of Defending the Faith. Find his blog here. His website is AlwaysBeReady.com. Read his Introduction to Apologetics article here.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Monday, June 15, 2009

SBTS Conference Audio Resources

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) has a feed for all their new audio resources. The most recent update is their Give Me An Answer Collegiate Conference 2009. Some of the audios include:
• Understanding Universalism, Inclusivism, Pluralism, and Exclusivism - MP3
• Teaching the Only Savior to Atheists - MP3
• Teaching the Only Savior to Postmoderns - MP3
• Teaching the Only Savior to Other Cultures - MP3
• The Gospel is an Offense–Don’t You Be - MP3
• Do All Roads Lead to Heaven? - MP3

The XML / Podcast feed can be found here. Enjoy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Quote: Ravi Zacharias on the Problem of Evil

“Let us remember that every worldview–not just Christianity's–must give an explanation or an answer for evil and suffering...this is not just a problem distinctive to Christianity. It will not do for the challenger just to raise the question. This problem of evil is one to which we all must offer an answer, regardless of the belief system to which we subscribe.”

–Ravi Zacharias

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Historical Apologists: MP3 Audio by Mike Reeves

A look at some important figures in Church history by Mike Reeves. Resources found at Theology Network.

• Introducing... Athanasius - Part 1 | Part 2 - [MP3]
• Introducing... Augustine - Part 1 | Part 2 - [MP3]
• Introducing... Irenaeus - Part 1 - [MP3]
• Introducing... John Calvin - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 - [MP3]
• Introducing... Justin Martyr - Part 1 - [MP3]
• Introducing... Martin Luther - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 - [MP3]
• Introducing... The Apostolic Fathers - Part 1 | Part 2 - [MP3]

Enjoy.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Reaching Out to Muslims MP3 Audio by Keith Small

Keith Small presents a talk entitled Reaching out to Muslims. Audio found at TheologyNetwork. Many other good Muslim resources are linked over at In Defense of the Faith.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Atheism: Simply Lack of Belief in God? MP3 Audio by William Lane Craig

On William Lane Craig's recent Reasonable Faith podcast the topic came up: Is atheism simply the lack of belief in God? Kevin Harris and William Lane Craig discuss.

MP3 Audio clip here: 2min 17sec. (Full episode here)

Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dead Sea Scrolls MP3 Audio by Probe

This Probe Ministries audio (podcast here) presents the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls and shows how they support the reliability of the Old Testament documents. Article here. See also: Are the Biblical Documents Reliable?

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Featured Podcast: Peter S. Williams

English philosopher and apologist Peter S. Williams (blog) works with the UK based Damaris Trust. Williams is also Assistant Professor in Communication and Worldviews at Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Norway. Williams is author of: A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism. Some of the podcast episodes include: Problems of Evil, New Testament Archaeology, Intelligent Design, The Moral Argument for God, and more.

His podcast is here: XML or iTunes.

Enjoy.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Introduction to Worldviews: Greg Bahnsen MP3 Audio

Greg Bahnsen presents a talk on the topic: Introduction to Worldviews. Part of his Basic Training for Defending the Faith series. Find a great number of Bahnsen articles here at Monergism. Find his famous debate with Gordon Stein transcribed in PDF here.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Sunday Quote: J.P. Moreland on God's Existence

“God maintains a delicate balance between keeping his existence sufficiently evident so people will know he's there and yet hiding his presence enough so that people who want to choose to ignore him can do it. This way, their choice of destiny is really free.”

– J.P. Moreland

Saturday, June 06, 2009

3 Apologetics Books for Summer Reading

Here are three books to check out during your summer reading. These are chosen because they are quick and unique reads that are sure to be enlightening and helpful. The first is John Lennox's God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? As a mathematician and philosopher of science, Lennox brings a unique perspective to the so-called conflict between science and religion. He covers areas such as the scope and limits of science, the design of the universe, the origin of life, the genetic code, and the origin of information. This is highly recommended reading from a man who has had one, two, three debates with Richard Dawkins and two with Christopher Hitchens.

The next book to check out this summer is 5 Minute Apologist by Dr. Rick Cornish. This book is split into 100 bite-sized chapters that could be read in around 5 minutes each (hence the title). The idea here is obviously not to go deep into each subject, but to give a broad overview of the numerous areas that apologetics touches. The chapters run the gamut from the Bible and worldviews to the resurrection, science, miracles, and world religions. This is a handy little book that gives a lot of good answers and a good outline of the apologetics landscape.

The third book is Pastor David Robertson's notorious The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths. Again, a quick and easy read, but very good content that deals with the main themes of Dawkins' God Delusion. Based upon open letters to Dawkins which found their way into the spotlight, this is a good recommendation because of its easy-to-read style and lucid and commonsense approach. You can check out a talk by David Robertson here. Read chapters online here.

Happy reading. Go ahead and offer your summer reading recommendations.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Why Am I A Christian? MP3 Audio by James White

James White gives a 27-minute presentation of the faith for those without any knowledge of Christianity. More James White resources can be found at aomin.org.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Richard Dawkins and John Lennox: Has Science Buried God? MP3 Audio

Richard Dawkins and John Lennox discuss the topic: Has Science Buried God? at Oxford University Museum, on October 21st 2008. This is the third of their encounters. Their first debate is here, their second discussion here.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Veracity of the New Testament MP3 Audio by Gary Habermas

Dr. Gary Habermas presents a talk on the topic: The Veracity of the New Testament. Original audio at GaryHabermas.com. Also found at Veritas.org.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

5 Reasons God Exists MP3 Audio by William Lane Craig

Christian philosopher William Lane Craig presents a talk on the topic: 5 Reasons God Exists and 3 Reasons It Makes A Difference. Original media found at Veritas.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Phil Fernandes vs. Eddie Tabash Debate: Does God Exist? MP3 Audio

Phil Fernandes debates Eddie Tabash on the topic: Does God Exist? at Western Washington University on April 25, 2009. DVD of the debate can be found here. Post-debate commentary by Phil Fernandes here. Thanks to Phil Fernandes for providing this resource.

Full MP3 Audio here.

Enjoy.

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