Recommended Books on Apologetics (alphabetical order):
Ask me Anything – J. Budziszewski
The college years are full of life-defining questions and concerns. Dr. Budziszewski (aka Professor Theophilus) offers his expert opinion to help students achieve personal insight about the most controversial and confusing topics they may face.
Basic Christianity — John Stott
John R. W. Stott defends the fundamental claims of Christianity and defines the proper outworking of these beliefs in the lives of believers. Here is a sound guide for those seeking an intellectually satisfying presentation of the Christian faith.
Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts who are recognized authorities in their fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? It’s a riveting quest for the truth about history’s most compelling figure.
Case for Faith – Lee Strobel
In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his tenacious investigative skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief – the eight ‘heart’ barriers to faith. The Case for Faith is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with formidable intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.
Give Me an Answer – Cliffe Knechtle
Cliffe Knechtle offers clear, reasoned and compassionate responses to the tough questions skeptics ask.
Jesus Among Other Gods – Ravi Zacharias
In his most important work to date, apologetics scholar and popular speaker Ravi Zacharias shows how the blueprint for life and death itself is found in a true understanding of Jesus. With a simple yet penetrating style, Zacharias uses rich illustrations to celebrate the power of Jesus Christ to transform lives. Jesus Among Other Gods contrasts the truth of Jesus with founders of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, strengthening believers and compelling them to share their faith with our post-modern world.
Letters from a Skeptic – Gregory A. Boyd
This remarkable book is a compilation of letters exchanged between an agnostic father and his believing son in which they alternately raise objections to the Christian faith and responses to them, resulting ultimately in the father’s conversion.
Mere Christianity — C.S. Lewis
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and non-believers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith. This twentieth century masterpiece of Christian apologetics is one of Lewis’ best-loved religious books and has held the personal key to a life-changing faith for millions of readers.
More Than A Carpenter — Josh McDowell
Josh McDowell’s timeless examination of the true nature of Christ and his impact on our lives is one of the best-selling Christian books ever. Written by a former skeptic of Christianity, it is a hard-hitting book for those who doubt Jesus’ deity and his purpose.
On Guard – William Lane Craig
This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and useful steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Dr. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn’t work. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life.
Reason For God – Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.