In the famous painting above, the Apostle Paul teaches the Truth of Christ Jesus to gentiles in ancient Rome. He had a difficult audience to convince. We do, too, as modern, 21st Century America sadly has much in common with pagan Rome. This section of the ABC website is dedicated to Christian Apologetics (and various aspects of spiritual growth and discipleship), and there is much to be happy about in this field. In the last fifteen to twenty years alone there has been an enormous resurgence of first-rate literature, websites, video presentations, and movies concerning the truth and necessity of the Christian Gospel, including an effective and scientific response to Darwinism and its atheistic offspring -- Naturalism and Hedonism. Below, we have placed book recommendations and a variety of apologetic resources that will strengthen our Faith in Christ and help us to defend and spread the Good News. We will likely build additional web pages (that further distinguish various kinds of works) as this area expands. Please join us in this ongoing discussion and mission, and please submit your ideas and/or resources to this focal point for Christian living. Christian apologetics is certainly one of the central components of sanctification and the subsequent character development that results when we grow and thrive in Christ. After all, Christianity can too easily become just another fleeting, contradictory ideology if we are not moving forward in Biblical study and fellowship, so let's do this together and make a Joyful, Collaborative Noise!

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Creed: What Christians Believe and Why (2016), by Adam Hamilton,  is an excellent review of the Apostles' Creed. Here's on overview from the publisher: We’re all searching. Sometimes the search is easy: simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Adam Hamilton believes that some powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. This book comes highly recommended. Just click on the image at left for a link to its Amazon page where numerous, laudatory reviews are also posted.

Moral Darwinism: How We All Became Hedonists (2002), by Benjamin Wiker, is an important treatise. From the publisher: Abortion. Euthanasia. Infanticide. Sexual promiscuity. Ideas and actions once unthinkable have become commonplace. We seem to live in a different moral universe than we occupied just a few decades ago. Consent and noncoercion seem to be the last vestiges of a morality long left behind. Christian moral tenets are now easily dismissed and have been replaced with what is curiously presented as a superior, more magnanimous, respectful and even humble morality. How did we end up so far away from where we began? Can the decline be stopped? Ben Wiker, in this provocative and insightful book, traces the amazing story that explains our present cultural situation.

Beyond Opinion: Living the Life We Defend (2010), by Ravi Zacharias, is a collection of insightful, penetrating essays by numerous esteemed, Christian thinkers. From the publisher: Respected apologist Ravi Zacharias was once sharing his faith with a Hindu when the man asked: "If the Christian faith is truly supernatural, why is it not more evident in the lives of so many Christians I know?" The question hit hard, and this book is an answer. Its purpose is to equip Christians everywhere to simultaneously defend the faith and be transformed by it into people of compassion. In addition to writing several chapters himself, Ravi Zacharias brings together many of today's leading apologists and Christian teachers, including Alister McGrath and John Lennox.

Hank Hanegraff's The Face That Demonstrates The Farce of Evolution (2001) is an insightful work  arguably best suited for someone new to the whole Darwin versus Christianity debate. The author conducts an excellent survey of the shaky if not ridiculous arguments that anchor Darwinism and the entire Naturalism paradigm. From the publisher: Looking into the face of our alleged ape ancestor, popular Christian apologist Hank Hanegraaff dissects and debunks the astonishingly weak arguments for the evolutionary theory, revealing it as nothing more than a "fairy tale for grown-ups." The author uses his own Memory Dynamics to make it easy for Christians to speak intelligently about evolution and speak persuasively about the Creator.

Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth & Apologetics (2008), by William Lane Craig, is an authoritative, serious work that digs deeply into numerous areas of apologetics. Many people assert that Craig is the best apologist of our time and for good reason. From the publisher: J. Gresham Machen once said, "False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel"-which makes apologetics that much more important. Wanting to engage not just academics and pastors but Christian laypeople and seekers, William Lane Craig has revised and updated key sections in this third edition of his classic text to reflect the latest work in astrophysics, philosophy, probability calculus, the arguments for the existence of God, and Reformed epistemology.

John C. Lennox, respected apologist and professor of mathematics and the philosophy of science at Oxford University, has updated his classic God's Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? (2009).  From the publisher: Intended to provide a basis for discussion, this captivating study evaluates the evidence of modern science in relation to the debate between the atheistic and theistic resource addresses such topics as the origin of life; the genetic code and its origin; the nature and scope of evolution; and the scope and limits of science. Gripping and thoroughly argued, it is an illuminating look at one of man's greatest debates. This updated edition features 10 percent new content and a brand new forward from the author.

Michael Augros, author of Who Designed the Designer? A  Rediscovered Path to God's Existence (2015), takes a unique, common-sense yet learned path to God's existence, creating one of the very best apologetic books ever written. From the publisher: Interweaving its pursuit of the First Cause with personal stories and humor, this ground-breaking book takes a fresh approach to ultimate questions. While attentive to empirical science, it builds its case not on authoritative pronouncements of experts that readers must take on faith, but instead on a nuanced understanding of universal principles implicit in everyone's experience. The result is an easygoing yet extraordinary journey, beginning from the world as we all encounter it and ending in the divine mind.

The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions (2009), by renowned mathematician David Berlinski, is a unique work if for no other reason than the author is an atheist, yet he makes brilliant arguments against the insanity of Darwinism and Naturalism. This book is a must-read. From the publisher: Militant atheism is on the rise. In recent years Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens have produced a steady stream of best-selling books denigrating religious belief. These authors are merely the leading edge of a larger movement that includes much of the scientific community. In response, mathematician David Berlinski, himself a secular Jew, delivers a biting defense of religious thought.

 

Phillip E. Johnson, author of Darwin on Trial, and John Mark Reynold have written in Against All Gods: What's Right & Wrong about the New Atheism (2010) an excellent and atypical apologist work against the New Atheists. From the publisher: The father of the intelligent design movement, Phillip Johnson, thinks the new atheists are right! How? They've put serious discussion about God back on the public agenda. Despite their conclusions, folks like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett are asking the right questions. They're making belief in any religion an issue again, especially in the university context where, for decades, questions about faith and reason have been taken off the table for serious discussion. Open debate is exactly what we need on the topics of God, evolution and creation.

Josh McDowell's A Ready Defense (1992) might just be the best overall Christian apologetics book ever written. It is the Gold Standard of works, and it addresses about every concern an agnostic or atheist might put forth. People who are teetering on belief as well as new Christians will especially find this one-of-a-kind masterpiece of great help since it leaves no stone unturned. From the publisher: Be prepared "in season and out" with this handy reference book of faith. Timely and biblically based, Josh McDowell's work offers defenses in 60 of the most-challenged areas of faith. All in one easy-to-reference volume, this book will strengthen your commitment and help you stand firm against challenges to the truth.

Jesus on Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel (2014), by David Limbaugh, is  another important discussion about the validity of Christ Jesus but from the point of view of a practicing attorney. From the publisher: In Jesus on Trial, David Limbaugh applies his lifetime of legal experience to a unique new undertaking: making a case for the gospels as hard evidence of the life and work of Jesus Christ. Limbaugh, a practicing attorney and former professor of law, approaches the canonical gospels with the same level of scrutiny he would apply to any legal document and asks all the necessary questions about the story of Jesus told through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Limbaugh concludes that the words Christians have treasured for centuries stand up to his exhaustive inquiry.

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