Part of being a Christ follower is defending your faith. Every believer will eventually be confronted or even ridiculed by those who do not believe. The Christian worldview (the way we see and interpret the world through Jesus) is under constant attack.
Following Jesus isn’t simply a “blind faith.” It’s based on facts that can be discussed rationally and intelligently. (The term “apologetics” means to provide a defense of the Gospel.) It’s vital to learn the facts behind the faith and how to share them with others so we’ve gathered some reading suggestions to get you started.
The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence of Jesus (Lee Strobel)
Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, was an atheist who undertook an effort to prove Christianity as false. As he cross-examined experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields, the evidence they provided changed his thinking, eventually leading him to faith in Christ.
Finding Truth: Five Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes (Nancy Pearcey)
While many are taught to “Just believe; don’t think,” Nancy Pearcey instructs believers on how to stop presuming things to be true and to test them against reality. She covers different worldviews (Christian and non-Christian) to reveal the motivations and weigh their claims. A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that the Christian worldview matches reality–that it is not only true but attractive, bestowing the greater level of dignity to humanity.
Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World (Josh McDowell)
First published in 1972, “Evidence…” was at the forefront of the modern apologetics movement. McDowell provided Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics. As critics and criticism have changed over time, McDowell has provided updates to meet them.
The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos is Designed for Discovery (Guillermo Gonzalez)
An Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Iowa State University, Gonzalez documents how the Earth’s unique characteristics provide evidence that it’s the result of a Designer, not random chance. And beyond what we see on Earth itself, that we can observe and study the universe around us reveals a Creator who wants us to see what He’s done.
Finding Jesus in the Old Testament (David Limbaugh)
A lawyer by trade, Limbaugh thoroughly lays out the consistent message found throughout the entire Old Testament of the Messiah who will come to redeem. By showing God’s plan across the ages, “Finding Jesus” helps believers see the Bible as a whole, with Jesus as the central figure of history. Many who have been intimidated by the Old Testament will see it in a whole new light.
How Now Shall We Live? (Charles Colson)
Faith in Christ doesn’t merely transform the believer, it changes how we see and interpret the world around us. From there, it affects every aspect of how we interact with the world, from politics to art. Colson encourages believers to not accept the secular world’s call to keep their faith a private matter, but to show how the Christian worldview is valid and the most reasonable.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist (Norman Geisler & Frank Turek)
Many critics of Christianity claim that faith in God is unreasonable, but Geisler and Turek show that it’s more reasonable that unbelief. From discussing evidence of the existence of God, to the source of morality, to the reliability of the New Testament scriptures, they equip Christians to engage non-believers with solid arguments.
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (Timothy Keller)
Keller engages believers and non-believers alike by addressing the prominent doubts of skeptics and the questions of Christians. This in-depth work utilizes philosophy, literature, and real-life examples to make the case for the rationality of the existence of God. Keller particularly addresses the theory that science has disproven God, refuting the concept using a variety of scientific disciplines.
The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions (Norman Geisler & Jason Jimenez)
A great resource for new believers, students, parents, and youth workers, it covers a wide area of subjects from the meaning of life to the end times. Some issues are simple, some are complex, some are controversial, but Geisler and Jimenez provide solid information to intelligently discuss them all.
That’s a Great Question: What to Say When Your Faith is Questioned (Glenn Pearson)
A great introduction to apologetics for new believers, Pearson addresses some of the basic arguments they’re likely to encounter, particularly those that question the accuracy of the Bible.
Man, Myth, Messiah: Answering History’s Greatest Question (Rich Broocks)
Jesus Christ is the pivotal figure in history but many doubt his divinity and some claim he never even existed. The author of “God’s Not Dead,” Broocks looks at the evidence for Jesus as a real person as well as the reliability of the New Testament texts.
Beyond Opinion (Ravi Zacharias and others)
A collection of works from some of the most prominent apologists of our day, Beyond Opinion emphasizes the validity of the Christian faith compared to other movements and addresses many issues confronting the Church today. Subjects such as radical Islam, New Age religions, and militant atheism are explained to help believers know how to discuss them wisely.
Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (Gregory Koukl)
When discussing the Christian faith with skeptics, it’s vital to do so in a calm, collected manner. Koukl teaches believers to engage in a gracious manner that will disarm heated exchanges while allowing the conversation to flow easily. Where other books provide information to support the Christian worldview, Tactics will teach you how to discuss that information.
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (J. Warner Wallace)
J. Warner Wallace’s uses his skills as a homicide detective and cold-case investigator, following the evidence to reveal the truth about Jesus. As you might anticipate, it will remind readers of a detective story as Wallace uses examples from his law-enforcement career to illustrate the validity of Christianity. He also teaches concepts which help readers evaluate the claims of the Gospel writers.
The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe
More than just a book, the Apologetics Study Bible merges information for defending your faith to a CSB translation of the Bible. There are over 100 articles as well as notes to help you answer critics of certain passages and profiles of key Christian apologists. It helps make apologetics part of your everyday study.
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