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Apologetics (Defending the Faith of the Bible) Resources

Craig, William. Reasonable Faith.  Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008.

A master at dealing with the existence of God, Craig provides a good, readable apologetic at an intermediate level.

Moreland, J.P. Scaling the Secular CityGrand Rapids: Baker Book House Company, 1987.

This is a general apologetic work that comes from a philosophical perspective. J.P. Moreland is one of the most prolific and able defenders of the faith and this work is his most comprehensive achievement in the area of apologetics.

Geisler, Norman. Baker Encyclopedia of Christian ApologeticsGrand Rapids:  Baker Book House Company, 1999.

This represents a lifetime tour de force of Norman Geisler. Just about every topic in Apologetics is covered in this massive work, from “Presuppositionalism” to “Resurrection Claims in Non-Christian Religions.” This is a significant reference work no matter what tradition you are from.

Strobel, Lee. Case for ChristGrand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998.

This is a great book for the Christian or the seeker. It is probably the most popular apologetic work over the last decade, taking the title away from Evidence that Demands a Verdict.

Keller, Tim. Reason for GodNew York:  Penguin Publishing Company, 2008.

According to many, this apologetic work by Keller is the apologetic for the postmodern generation. Whether this is true or not, it presents a solid, popular-level work that can be given to non-believers.

McDowell, Josh. The New Evidence that Demands a VerdictNashville:  Thomas Nelson, 1999.

Although not as popular as it once was, for the last quarter of a century this work has served as the primary “go-to” apologetic for Evangelical Christianity. It is still a must have.

Plantinga, Alvin. The Analytic TheistGrand Rapids:  Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998.

This will be a much more advanced work for those who are dealing with deep philosophical thinking. Plantinga has been hailed as one of the world’s greatest living philosophers. This is a basic reader to get you familiar with his works.

Schaeffer, Francis. The God Who is ThereDowners Grove: IVP Books, 1998.

Schaeffer’s works could all be put on this list, but this particular work is representative of a timeless defense from a timeless scholar.

Bowman, Rob and Kenneth Boa. Faith Has its Reasons. Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster, 2005.

The best book for one who’s desire it is to understand not only what apologetics is, but how it is to be done. The authors give a great overview of all the different Christian apologetic methods asking the question “How are we to defend the faith?” They then discuss and defend Presuppositionalism, Fideism, Evidentialism, and Classical approaches to the defense of the faith. For the young, aspiring apologist, this is the first book that should be read.

Wright, N. T. The Resurrection of the Son of God.  Minnneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003

Simply put, this is the most comprehensive work on the resurrection of Christ ever produced. Whatever you think of N. T. Wright, there is no debate that this is an immensely valuable contribution to the Christian witness.

Habermas, Gary R. and Michael Licona. The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus.  Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2004.

Simply a must have for everyone. The resurrection of Christ is the central issue of Christianity. If Christ rose from the grave, Christianity is true; if he did not, it is false. Everyone needs to have a good defense of the resurrection and this work represents the best of the popular options. Get it!

Lewis, C. S. Mere ChristianityNew York: Harper Collins, 1996.

How can I do justice to what might be the most significant and influential apologetic work in all of Christianity? All I can say is that if you have not read Mere Christianity, shame on you.