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
I really liked Lee Strobel’s “The Case for a Creator.” He has a couple of other books that are almost as good: “The Case for Faith” and “The Case for Christ.” He interviews experts in the fields of science and theology. He asks the hard questions, and they provide some very good answers.
Oh – thanks for reminding me – I’ll edit the post. I already have those too 🙂
I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity.” Many of his points continue to speak to inquisitive seekers today.
You have definitely got to add Timothy Keller’s “The Reason for God” to you list. Amazing book dealing with postmodern apologetics.
Tim Keller is a minister in Manhattan and has reached thousands of people in NYC with his new type of apologetics.
Oh yeah, and while you’re at it, check out Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled.” They showed it at Harding last semester. It’s really cool.
Buster – I agree – C.S. Lewis is on it. I’ve been praying about your dad, btw.
Daniel – thanks for the tip. I’ll add that one to the list.
Also, Phil Spadaro threw these links at me on Facebook:
Wes… how’d you know i was looking for these resources right now??? thanks for listing these!
I’ll add: http://thetruthtree.com/faith_qa.shtml. Scroll down to links of interest (e.g., “How can you reconcile the idea that God is fair and loving and yet he sends people to hell forever?”)
Thanks Phil – keep ’em comin’ guys.
I was browsing in a Christian bookstore a couple of days ago. I looked through Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and found some good stuff about the origins and reliability of the Bible. It might be helpful, too.
I believe Veritas Forum is progressively adding dozens and dozens of videos, audio, etc. – and as a bonus for us, these are even talks given largely to college student audiences.
Mark Driscoll has been putting up links of books he has found helpful on a variety of subjects. They are pretty good lists for the most part. Here is his apologetics list – http://theresurgence.com/Recommended-Reading_Apologetics-Cults-and-World-Religions
and here – http://theresurgence.com/Recommended-Reading_Apologetics
and here – http://theresurgence.com/Great-Books_Apologetics_Introduction-and-Methods
John Clayton’s book; The Source…has worked well for me with eggheads.
Terry – I’ve already read Grudem’s book and I believe I already have it in my personal library too. I’ll try to find it and look through it again. It is a great book – thanks for the reminder.
Benson – thanks bro – I’ll check that site out.
Matt – great links – I’ll add those.
Lynn – thank you too – I ordered that book today.
Thanks for your help, everyone 🙂
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Excellent list of resources,thanks! I’d recommend this site to add to your list: http://www.christianevidence.net – has a ton of evidence for Christianity!