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One of the most common questions I get asked is, “What is the BEST apologetics book for beginners?” In this video, I share my top 5 apologetics book recommendations for people just getting started with apologetics.
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Apologetics Books for Beginners:
#1: On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision – William Lane Craig
This book has illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help you defend the faith with reason and precision. Craig offers four arguments for God’s existence, defends the historicity of Jesus’ claims and resurrection, while also covering the problem of suffering and religious relativism. Along the way, he shares his story of following God’s call in his own life.
#2: Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, – Greg Koukl
This demonstrates how to navigate spiritual conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. You’ll also learn how to get people thinking about Jesus. This give you a game plan for explaining the truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.
#3: The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Gary Habermas and Michael Licona
This is an accessible, comprehensive, and persuasive resource providing detailed evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. It introduces the popular “minimal facts” approach, utilizing data that are so strongly attested that virtual every critical scholar grants them. It helps you memorize not only these facts, but the data which support them. This book includes helpful charts as well. The authors also demonstrate how to share the material in everyday conversations.
#4: Truth in a Culture of Doubt: Engaging Skeptical Challenges to the Bible -Andreas J. Köstenberger, Darrell L. Bock, Josh Chatraw
This book helps you respond to key arguments skeptical scholars such as Bart Ehrman have raised in his popular books. It will help you think through key issues and explain topics such as the Bible’s origins, the copying of the Bible, alleged contradictions in Scripture, and the relationship between God and evil. After studying this book, you’ll be equipped to respond to a wide variety of critical arguments raised against the reliability of Scripture and the truthfulness of Christianity.
#5: Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World – Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
This updated and expanded version of the modern apologetics classic offers a defense of Christianity’s core truths and thoughtful responses to key questions about difficult passages in the Bible. This large reference book covers evidence for the Bible, Jesus, the Old Testament, and the nature of truth.
So what is the best apologetics book for beginners? It just depends on what you are looking for. I hope you found one of these suggestions helpful for you!
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