I’m going to spend time over the course of the next couple of months perusing the best apologetics resources out there.
Here in San Francisco, many of those I study the Bible with don’t have a basic belief in God, a trust in the Bible, or an awareness of, or belief in, core Christian doctrines.
I would like to prepare myself as well as possible for any encounters with people God may send, and would also like to be able to teach other church members to do the same.
Here are a few questions I’m interested in designing studies for:
How can the Bible be taken seriously? How do you know it hasn’t been rewritten over the years?
How could a loving God send anyone to hell/allow evil to exist?
Don’t you think it’s arrogant to say Christianity is the only path to God? Can’t God be found in other religions?
Do heaven and hell actually exist?
Was Jesus the Son of God, or was he simply a good teacher?
Hasn’t science proven that Christianity is a fraud?
Here are a few resources I already own that I’ll be diving into:
Josh McDowell – The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict
C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity
F.F. Bruce – The Canon of Scripture
Ralph O. Muncaster – Examine the Evidence: Exploring the Case for Christianity
C. Stephan Evans – Why Believe?: Reason and Mystery as Pointers to God
Lee Strobel – The Case for Christ
Lee Strobel – The Case for Faith
Lee Strobel – The Case for a Creator
Wayne Grudem – Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
Here are a few of good websites I’m aware of:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxzGA-OQOk (Jacoby-Shermer Debate)
Here are a few additional books I’m planning to pick up:
F.F. Bruce – The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
N.T. Wright - Simply Christian
Fred Von Kamecke – Busted: Exposing Popular Myths About Christianity
Timothy Keller – The Reason for God
John Clayton – The Source
And here are a few resource lists from TheResurgence.com:
Am I leaving anything out? If you know of a good resource please let me know.
In other news, remember that finger I slammed in the bathroom door? That injury has born fruit:
A new nail is growing underneath the old one! This is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to a fingernail of mine.
Just thought I’d share … I know you needed to see that. :p