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Apologetic Books

What is Apologetics?

Apologetics is the defense of the Scriptures. For two thousand years there have been those who have tried to discredit God’s word. Today with atheist more vocal and combatant we need more than ever to be able to defend what we believe. Peter was emphatic about what is important for each of us is to understand. He said, “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15) To defend means to argue of explain what you understand about the Scriptures. The way to do that very thing is to study the Bible and to read solid books written by qualified authors who are able to answer the questions each of us may have.

Some of the books that I have found helpful over the years will be shared with you. The whole subject of apologetics is complex and difficult to understand. It will take time to get a grasp of being able to defend God’s word. There are some books that any of us can comprehend because they were not written by theologians but for people like you and me searching for answers.

When I began reading some of the books I have I did not even know that they were about apologetics I just enjoyed what the authors had to say. I hope what I have to say will encourage you to look at the material…

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis wrote a number of books. For years he was by his own estimation was an atheist. Everyone knows about the Narnia but his most enduring book has been “Mere Christianity” which was his effort at explaining how he viewed the credibility of Christianity. He dealt with the issue of whether Jesus was a good moral man. He said that if the claims made by Jesus were not true then He was not a moral person. Lewis went on to build a case that Jesus was more than a mere man but the Lord. He was not a lunatic or a liar because all that He said and did was true.

Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell wrote, “More Than a Carpenter” which was based on his more than seven hundred hours of research for truth about God. He became a Christian after being challenged by fellow students to examine the claims of Christ. This little book covers every aspect of that research from the reliability of the Scriptures to events of the life of Jesus. One of the most important fact he shared was the number of prophecies in the Old Testament that Jesus fulfilled. There are over 300 prophecies which have been or will be fulfilled in Jesus. See page 103.

In “Evidence that Demands a Verdict” Josh McDowell stated the purpose for the book when he wrote. “This is not a book. It is a compilation of my notes prepared for my lecture series on “Christianity: Hoax or History?’ “ He pulled together a research team that helped him cover in more detail the material found in “More Than a Carpenter.”

Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel’s series a books began with “The Case for Christ.” Again like Josh McDowell his writings come as a result of a personal journey from Atheism to Christianity. His journey began when his wife became a Christian. Seeing the way she was living out her belief he began a search to see if what was written about Jesus was valid. As an investigative reporter for a newspaper in Chicago he approached the progress in the way he would a story for his paper. He had the opportunity to interview a number of outstanding Christians and apologists asking them the questions we would like to asked. Like McDowell he covered all of the areas of conflict in those outside of Christianity looking in on what is truly happening in the lives of people.

His other books in the Case series include the same intense questioning of those who are knowledgeable. They include:

In each one he has a desire that we have the facts in each of these studies. Each one of them is based on the best information that can be obtained from experts.

The books that have listed here seem be built around the theme that a man has faced the issue of his own negativity towards Christianity. After being challenged by someone or seeing what true Christianity looks like they began to search Jesus for themselves. As a result they became dynamic Christians. As can be seen they have done much to impact the lives of those who will listen to what they have to say.

A book that recently caught my eye was one written by the brother of the late militant atheist, Christopher Hitchens. Like Lee Strobell he is a journalist which gives him a value vehicle to investigate a subject. The title of the book is “The Rage Against God, how atheism led me to faith.” From the time he burned his Bible and turned to atheism he could not sustain that position when confronted with a truth of God. It is interesting to see his position as he refutes the tenets of his atheist brother.