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Women in Apologetics (put link to list there)
Mary Jo Sharp
J. Warner Wallace
William Lane Craig
“Top 20 Apologists”
As listed by Dr. Frank Turek of Cross Examined. Read it on his blog here or listen to his podcast from May 31, 2014 where he goes into more detail. Books by any of these apologists would be a great addition to your library. https://crossexamined.org/top-20-apologists/
https://carm.org/ – useful best as a reference tool
Reasonable Faith (William Lane Craig)
Reasons To Believe (Hugh Ross, Fazale Rana)
Books for College and Adult
Read works by leading atheists so you know their arguments: Sam Harris Christopher Hitchens Richard Dawkins Peter Boghossian Christian authors: 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 by Nancy Pearcey Check out this great reading plan for beginners from our friends at Apologetics 315. https://apologetics315.com/2012/03/an-apologetics-reading-plan-for-beginners/
Books for Tweens and Teens
Study Bibles—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. • Adults • 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. Entry Level Lee Strobel — “The Case for…” series Michael Sherrard’s “Relational Apologetics” Natasha Crain’s “Keeping Your Kid’s on God’s Side”–great for parents to use to engage in conversations with their kids For learning logic–children, teens or adults–William Lane Craig’s “Learning Logic.” Specifically for teens Josh & Sean McDowell Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist, Norman Geisler & Frank Turek Stealing From God, Frank Turek Cold Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace Case For Christ, Lee Strobel The Case For the Resurrection of Jesus, Gary Habermas & Michael Licona Tactics, Greg Koukl
Books for Kids
Melissa Cain Travis — “How do we Know?” Young Defenders series with more volumes to come (ages 6+) William Lane Craig — “What is God Like?” series focuses on the attributes of God 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 Big Thoughts For Little Thinkers: The Trinity: Wonderful apologetics book 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? God is Everywhere: 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. This second booklet “God Is Everywhere” is about what theologians call God’s “omnipresence” (God’s being all-present).” What is God Like? God is Spirit: By Dr. William Lane Craig, this 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. This first booklet “God Is Spirit” is about what theologians call the “incorporeality” of God (God’s being pure spirit without a body).” 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
Especially for youth: • ReThink Apologetics Conference put on by Stand to Reason (regional) • Truth for a New Generation put on by Dr. Alex McFarland (south) • Smart Faith (Phoenix area) For high schoolers going into college or early in their college years: • Impact 360 Gap Year — a unique 9-month training Christian worldview training program aimed at training high school grads before going to college. (Atlanta area; get list of the other programs they offer) 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) What better way for children to spend some of their summer than at a camp exercising their minds as well as their bodies. Worldview training at its best: Summit — taught by world renowned apologists. Summer. Multiples sessions. Colorado, Tennessee. Pennsylvania. Incredible statistics on long term effects on those who attend. Faith Ascent Base Camp — St. Louis area, Phoenix, Alabama. Summer. One Session. Great reviews by students. Impact 360 Immersion Camp — Georgia. Two weeks. Check main website for the current year’s schedule and speakers. Worldview Academy Summer Camps — All over the country. Check website for schedule. Probe Ministries Mind Games Camp — Texas. One Week. Details here. Reasons to Believe: The Lab — Three Day Intensive for students interested in science, engineering, or medical research. California. Details here. The Youth Apologetics Conference — Five days. Charlotte, NC area. Details here. Discovery Institute summer conference Maven put on by Brett Kunkle
Curriculum for All Ages
Foundation Comparative Worldview Curriculum by Elizabeth Urbanowicz (post her FOF promo if available) https://foundationworldview.com/ Apologetics for Tweens by Thomas Griffin (https://resurgensconsulting.com/apologetics-for-tweens/) Deep Roots Bible Curriculum for Defendable Faith (https://www.deeprootsbible.com/) Anchorsaway Boot Camp and Unanswered (http://anchorsaway.org/) Awana (is this still available?) ACSI Apologetics Curriculum: The Association of Christian Schools International’s program objective is “to teach students to articulate and defend the truth of the gospel through research, writing, and blogging”. 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 Apologetics Academy: “Reasons Academy offers a high school science apologetics program designed to prepare students to stand strong in the faith amid the challenges of a secular culture.” RZIM’s ASK Curriculum: An apologetics curriculum; one for Indian students and one for North American students. Great for all youth, high school and middle school. RZIM’s Foundations of Apologetics DVD Curriculum: “Designed to introduce a comprehensive range of apologetic arguments and strategies, Foundations of Apologetics features lectures by RZIM’s team of apologists including Ravi Zacharias, Michael Ramsden, John Lennox, Stuart McAllister, Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, L.T. Jeyachandran, and Joe Boot.”
Certificate Programs 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–did they start a certificate program? Oxford University–double check whether this is certificate, camp, etc. (OCCA) Masters Degrees 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–provide 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– For an overview of the “top ten” apologetics graduate programs, see this article. 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, https://gogateways.org/, aimed at kids, parents, and teachers in public schools from K-12. They also have a module for departments of education in universities. Also ADF Legal has resources for K-12: https://adflegal.org/issues/religious-freedom/k-12 ADF Legal has resources for university students: https://adflegal.org/issues/religious-freedom/university Campus Apologetics Ministry: Ratio Christi—apologetics clubs on college campuses www.RatioChristi.org. Culture Insights: Counter Culture Mom, ASIX, The Cultural Translator, The College Fix, FIRE. Campus Ministries/College Churches: www.campusministrylink.org; www.collegechurchconnection.org.
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. Available in Google Play and iTunes. 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. Available in iTunes. 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. Available on iTunes. One Minute Apologist – quick video clips of succinct answers to tough apologetics questions. Available in Google Play and iTunes. Reasonable Faith – available in multiple formats; resources available on a scholarly and popular level. Stand to Reason – 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. Available in iTunes, Google Play for Android, and for Windows phones. Cold Case Christianity – J. Warner Wallace’s app is full of insightful resources.
(Need to update this page–not sure some of these are still active and add new ones) Mama Bear Apologetics 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 Cross Examined with Frank Turek Bulletproof with Brett Kunkle–focus on student ministry and apologetics 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. Alisa Childers