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- Alisa Childers – specializes in understanding and refuting Progressive Christianity
- Mary Jo Sharp
- Natasha Crain
- Lisa Quintana
- Nancy Pearcey
- Holly Ordway
- Melissa Cain Travis
“Top 20 Apologists”
As listed by Dr. Frank Turek of Cross Examined. Read it on his blog here. Books by any of these apologists would be a great addition to your library.
Books for College and Adult
Read works by leading atheists so you know their arguments:
- Sam Harris
- Christopher Hitchens
- Richard Dawkins
- Peter Boghossian
- Jesus Among Other Gods, Ravi Zacharias
- Why Jesus?, Ravi Zacharias
- Seven Days That Divide The World, John C. Lennox
- God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?, John C. Lennox
- The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism, Michael Behe
- Hidden Treasures in the Book of Job: How the Oldest Book in the Bible Answers Today’s Scientific Questions, Hugh Ross
- The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
- What Does the Bible Really Teach About Homosexuality?, Kevin DeYoung
- Is God Anti-Gay?, Sam Alberry
- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity, Nabeel Qureshi
- Kingdom of the Cults, Walter Martin Is God A Moral Monster?:
- Making Sense of the Old Testament God, Paul Copan
- Total Truth and Finding Truth, Nancy Pearcey
Books for Tweens and Teens
Several Christian publishers have produced Bibles with detailed apologetics notes relating to the biblical text.
The Apologetics Study Bible — includes topical articles by leading experts; explores “twisted scriptures” often missued against Christianity, worldview charts, and more. Available in youth and adult versions.
Youth Archaeological Study Bible — available in several translations; extensive notes on archaeological insights and discoveries that provide an apologetic for the truth of the Bible.
The Case for Christ Study Bible — edited by Lee Strobel, with evidence you need to defend your faith from Strobel’s books plus scientific findings that support a creator.
Foundational Apologetics Books
While any of these books are also great for adults or for parents of tweens and teens to study to help instruct their kids, Mama Bear also believes we should challenge our children with a robust reading plan. Experience and testimony tell us they are up to the challenge.
Lee Strobel’s — The Case for… series
Michael Sherrard’s Relational Apologetics
Natasha Crain’s Keeping Your Kid’s on God’s Side–and the rest of her books, great for parents to use to engage in conversations with their kids
William Lane Craig’s Learning Logic–for learning logic–children, teens or adults
Anything by Josh & Sean McDowell
C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity
Norman Geisler & Frank Turek’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist
J. Warner Wallace’s Cold Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and forthcoming books
Gary Habermas & Michael Licona’s The Case For the Resurrection of Jesus
Greg Koukl’s Tactics–great training for engaging in conversations
Books for Kids
- Melissa Cain Travis — How do we Know? Young Defenders series (ages 6+)
- Ramon Margallo — The Manger, The Cross, & The Empty Tomb, Christian apologetics for kids in story format (ages 10 through teens, also good beginning course for adults)
- JD Camorlinga’s Picture Book Apologetics series
- Cold-Case Christianity for Kids: Investigate Jesus with a Real Detective by J. Warner Wallace
- Lee Strobel’s Case for… series for kids
- Pitfalls: A Quick Guide to Identifying Logical Fallacies for Families by Joey Allen for little kids. “In simple and precise language, God-centered theology is promoted, giving children a firm foundation in God’s timeless truth.”
- Resurrection iWitness: Apologetics children’s book by Doug Powell that “gives evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ by using the easy-to-understand Minimal Facts argument. That means it relies only on the historical facts that all biblical scholars (including atheistic, Jewish, and liberal) accept and shows how only the biblical story of the resurrection can account for all these agreed-upon facts.”
- Fact or Fantasy? A Study in Christian Apologetics for Children: A great book on simple apologetics for children by David Walters.
- The Awesome Book of Bible Answers for Kids: “Respected Christian apologist Josh McDowell encourages children to stand on the foundation of truth with this contemporary gathering of concise, welcoming answers for kids ages 8 to 12.”
- If I Could Ask God for Anything: Awesome Bible Answers for Curious Kids: “A unique kid-friendly book jam-packed with clear, fresh answers to important questions about God, faith, prayer, and Christianity in language that children can understand” by Kathryn Slattery.
- What is God Like? Series by renown apologist and theologian Dr. William Lane Craig, this resource is “a series of ten illustrated booklets designed to help you teach Christian truth to your children and to answer some of their deepest questions about God.
- A Parent’s Guide to Intelligent Design: From the Center for Science and Culture, “Resources to help you and your children understand the debate between Darwinian evolution and intelligent design.”
Conferences and Camps
Because the links for these resources change as schedules are updated, we encourage you to search for conferences and camps individually for the most up to date schedule.
Especially for Youth
- ReThink Apologetics Conferences put on by Stand to Reason (regional)
- Truth for a New Generation put on by Dr. Alex McFarland (South)
- Smart Faith for high schoolers going into college or early in their college years: (Phoenix area)
- Impact 360 Gap Year — a unique 9-month Christian worldview program aimed at training high school grads before going to college. (Atlanta area)
- Impact 360 Immersion Camp — Georgia. Two weeks. Check main website for the current year’s schedule and speakers.
- Faith Ascent Base Camp — St. Louis area, Phoenix, Alabama. Summer. One Session. Great reviews by students.
- Worldview Academy Summer Camps — All over the country. Check website for schedule.
- Probe Ministries Mind Games Camp — Texas. One Week.
- Reasons to Believe: The Lab — three-day intensive for students interested in science, engineering, or medical research. California.
- The Youth Apologetics Conference — Five days. Charlotte, NC area.
- Discovery Institute summer conference
- Maven put on by Brett Kunkle
For Adults and Youth
- National Conference on Christian Apologetics put on by Southern Evangelical Seminary (Charlotte, NC area)
- AMP Conference put on by Reasons to Believe (southern California)
- Fearless Faith (sponsored by local churches)
- Summit — taught by world renowned apologists. Summer. Multiples sessions. Colorado, Tennessee. Pennsylvania. Incredible statistics on long term effects on those who attend. They also sponsor sessions for adults.
Curriculum for All Ages
- Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum by Elizabeth Urbanowicz
- Apologetics for Tweens by Thomas Griffin
- Deep Roots Bible Curriculum for Defendable Faith
- Anchorsaway Boot Camp and Unanswered
- I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist: Apologist Frank Turek “uses logic science and hard historical evidence to show why the Bible is true and why it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist than a Christian” in this 10 part DVD series.
- Summit Ministries’ Thinking Like a Christian and Countering Culture: These apologetics series Sunday school curriculums are “an engaging 12-week study of the Christian worldview” and “worldview analysis”.
- Focus on the Family’s Truth Project
- Reason to Believe Reasons Institute science apologetics
- RZIM’s ASK Curriculum
- RZIM’s Foundations of Apologetics
Cultural Awareness/Religious & Free Speech Rights/Educational Certificates & Degrees
Culture Insights & Navigation
Campus Ministries & Connections
- Campus Ministries/College Churches: Campus Ministry Link; College Church Connection.
- Apologetics Campus Ministry: Ratio Christi
Freedom of Speech and Religion
There are educational resources available to help you and your child navigate the sticky areas of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, especially as relates to their school campus. Be informed by what their rights are (and their Christian teachers’ rights) by making yourself aware of these resources and information.
- Gateways to Better Education aimed at kids, parents, and teachers in public schools from K-12. They also have a module for departments of education in universities.
- ADF Legal resources for K-12
- ADF Legal resources for university students
- FIRE Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
- Cross Examined Instructors Academy–three-day, in-person, intensive training in presenting the material in Turek/Geisler’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist.
- Biola University Certificate Program in Christian Apologetics–distance learning, audio courses with overview quizes, option to apply towards future Master’s degree.
- The Josh McDowell Institute at Oklahoma Wesleyan University Certificate in Christian Apologetics. (need to verify this is still going on.)
- Southern Evangelical Seminary Certificate of Christian Apologetics
- Houston Baptist University Certificate Programs
- Biola University–flexible curriculum gives you the opportunity either to study broadly in the defense of the faith, or to tailor course work for your particular area of interest such as biblical, cultural, philosophical, cult apologetics, and more.
- Houston Baptist University–interdisciplinary nature includes engagement with culture and the arts and humanities.
- Luther Rice University–promotes excellence in scholarship and trains graduates academically and professionally to advance discourse in apologetics through research, teaching, and service.
- Southern Evangelical Seminary–provides the apologetic skills and understanding to lead and teach a congregation or other groups in reaching out to the world around them. It also provides specialized training for committed professional or lay Christians for non–pastoral ministries particularly in apologetics and counter–cult ministries.
- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- Oxford University–Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics
Apps for smart phones and tablets are a fantastic tool for quick, convenient access to apologetics training and answers. Easy to use on the go and when engaging with people in conversation–including your kids! Use them like apologetics flash cards.
- Cross Examined App – Great tool for accessing podcasts and blogs but especially the Quick Answers section on Truth, God/Miracles, Ethics, Evolution/Evil/Ethics/Eternity. Use it to quiz yourself and your kids, read in the car, use to answer questions you’re stumped on.
- Reasons to Believe App – Resource particularly for issues of science and faith. Articles, podcasts, blogs are easily accessible on the go. Especially handy is the RTB 101 which defines certain topics/words with a quick overview of the subject and provides links to more detailed resources.
- RZIM App – Ravi Zacharias is one of the preeminent Christian apologists of our day with a unique way of explaining things. Podcasts, videos, articles and more a quick to link to on the go with his app.
- One Minute Apologist App – quick video clips of succinct answers to tough apologetics questions.
- Stand to Reason App – Especially their “Quick Reference” app. Includes access to podcasts, blogs, resources and especially helpful is video podcasts for students. Most are less than 10 minutes and would provide great family discussion.
- Cold Case Christianity App – J. Warner Wallace’s app is full of insightful resources.
(Updates and more info coming.)
- Mama Bear Apologetics–of course we would want this to be your go-to podcast! We are starting back up soon.
- Alisa Childers–one of our own Mama Bears; special emphasis on progressive Christianity.
- Impact 360 Institute & Jonathan Morrow’s Worldview Minute
- The Christian Worldview with David Wheaton
- Cold Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace, great emphasis on being a “$1 apologist” and starting where you are doing what you can do; offers “quick shot” answers to hot topics as well.
- Cross Examined with Frank Turek
- Ravi Zacharias ministries–several options available; Ravi has a memorable way of saying things.
- Stand to Reason with Greg Koukl–commentary plus call in; great for learning how to interact and answer questions.
- The Briefing with Al Mohler–events from a Christian worldview perspective.