Christian Apologetics is a growing topic people discuss these days. Over the years people have written countless books on the topic that have given strong defensive points on Christianity.
If you’re one of those who are looking for books to give you insight or inspiration in Christian Apologetics, below here is a list along with their authors.
What Is Apologetics?
Before getting into the book list I wanted to define apologetics because there are many Christians who have yet to hear this term.
The greek root for apologetics means speaking in defense. For Christians, apologetics is all about defending the faith and being able to do so well.
Many Christians stand firm in their faith, but when asked why questions by unbelievers there not always sure what to stay.
These apologetics books will help you build up your defense and allow you to better minister to others who disagree with your faith.
1. The Reason for God by Tim Keller
Tim Keller lists and tackles all the different questions and doubts that skeptics have most frequently came to him with provides and reasons for them.
He uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in God in Christianity is reasonable.
This is a book for those wrestling with their faith. I’ve been there myself and this book will help point you back to God and wake you up from the slumber you’re in.
I encourage you to click this link to gain more insight in a way that you will feel understood.
2. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
This book actually started out as a radio broadcast on BBC radio during WWII from C.S Lewis discussing his previous books, The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality. Mere Christianity brings all of these things together into one source to make it easier for the reader
Mere Christianity is a wonderful resource for both believers and nonbelievers to hear this legendary apologetic for Christianity.
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3. The Weight of Glory by C.S Lewis
This book contains nine sermons by C.S Lewis during WWII. It gives guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate view of apologetics for Christians going through a season of doubt or worry.
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4. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case For Christ has become a well-known book amongst believers and is one of my personal favorites. This book is from the point of a journalist trying to come to His own conclusion about Jesus and His life.
He digs deep into to discover evidence that Jesus really did live and proof that God exists. Throughout the book, you follow the journal through His journey of coming to the faith.
I enjoy this book because it paints a beautiful story that keeps you turning every page and keeps you invested.
5. Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace
The author was a detective from L A. County and a former atheist. This book examines the New Testament claims using the skills of a hard to convince criminal investigator.
He includes detailed stories coming from his career and all of his strategies from his life as an investigator along with illustrations to analyze Christianity.
If you want a unique approach to Christianity, click here.
6. Humble Apologetics: Defending The Faith Today by John G. Stackhouse Jr.
John G. Stackhouse is a historian, philosopher, journalist, and theologian. With his previous experiences, he tackles questions such as, “Is it still possible, in an age of religious and cultural pluralism, to engage in Christian apologetics? “.
This book exposes the arrogance in dogmatism and how that hinders bringing in new believers rather than helps. John writes how humility will help spread the Kingdom, hence the title.
You can find this book here.
7. Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies by Hillary Morgan Ferrer
This one is for the moms who are raising their children to pick up their swords and defend their faith. Mama Bear Apologetics is a guide on how to raise your children to have God as their firm foundation.
Raising children of the faith in a secular world can be difficult because of all the different beliefs that they run into with friends, at school, and even with their extended family. Hillary shares her own struggles and offers a helping hand to moms who are facing these types of issues.
To start raising your children to be rooted in the world click here.
8. How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor by James K. A Smith
This is both a guide to Charles Taylor’s work A Secular Age and a philosophical guide on how to live in today’s secular age.
It dives deeper into self – understanding and provides a great map to help people get their bearings on living in today’s secular culture. This book is written for everyone – people who are believers, people who aren’t, people in between. It’s perfect for anyone to ponder on!
You can get it here!
9. A History of Apologetics by Avery Cardinal Dulles
This book is an overview of Christian Apologetics all the way from the beginning in history, to now. It streams through apologetics within the New Testament, the Middle Ages, and the present, specifically how it’s been incorporated with Catholics and Protestants.
Click here if you’re interested in learning how Apologetics has gone from way far back, both kindle and paperback versions.
10. Faith in the Shadows: Finding Christ in the Midst of Doubt by Austin Fischer
This book opens a fresh perspective on doubt within the Christian faith. Austin even includes his own wrestlings with doubt, along with addressing lasting questions on topics such as contemporary science, evil, hell, God’s silence, etc.
This book gives more encouraging reasons for how doubt can open the door to more honesty in your faith in Christianity.
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11. Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World by S. McDowell
This text is made to help young people, high schoolers, and college students.
It is designed to help them make biblically sound decisions in a world where they are constantly fed mixed messages on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, marriage and divorce, war, and other highly important topics we face today.
Click on this link if you, or know of anyone who is searching for a more solid foundation on issues such as these.
12. Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion by William Edgar
This book provides full biblical strategies for explaining the Gospel to an unbeliever. Edgar opens the reader up to join him in fully using all the forms of persuasion when sharing the truth with an unbeliever.
This book would be a highly useful resource if you’re into evangelizing or long-term missions. Or this book would be a great tool if you’re the only believer in your family or community and want to plant those seeds.
You can find the book here!
13. Too Good to Be False: Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality by Tom Gilson
If there’s any apologetic book that I’d recommend the most, it’s this one. This book gives the fresh perspective you’ve been searching for on what Jesus’ character and nature are to you personally.
Reading this you will realize exactly how set apart Jesus is from any other. It provides a study guide as well for group discussion – connection and conversations are encouraged.
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14. On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision by William Lane Craig
William Craig writes in here illustrations, sidebars and steps for memorization to help Christians stand firm in defending their faith full of precise reasoning. The purpose of this book is to equip Christians to strengthen their arguments for their faith. It goes in depth on not just how to argue for what they believe, but also why.
If this sounds like a guide you need, here is where you can go.
15. Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge by Dallas Willard
This a great book when you want to read about building a strong case for why it makes sense to believe in Jesus as the Son of God, and the Father. What I like the most about this is that it tackles how to reason the simple truth in the midst of a complex world where people are reading into atheism and skepticism.
Click this link here if you want to read deeper in standing for your faith in Jesus.
Christian Apologetics is a wide subject that more and more people are diving into. It’s wise to not get too deep into the debate and keep y our focus and trust on Jesus, but apologetics is something worth looking into, and these books listed above are a great start.