Are you prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you the reason for your faith?

The practice of giving reasons for your faith is called “apologetics.” This doesn’t mean that we are apologetic about our faith. The word “apologetics” comes from the Greek legal term apologia which meant “to give a defense.” (apo = from + logia = reason) “Be prepared to give an answer,” Peter says, and the word “answer” translates the Greek word apologia. Be prepared to give a defense of what you believe, give the reasons for your faith.

There are many excellent resources on apologetics; I recommend starting with the books I marked with an asterisk (*). There are many other excellent resources, but these are a good start!

  • Bruce, F.F., The New Testament Documents: are they reliable? IVP, 1972.
  • Carlson, Richard F. (ed.), Science and Christianity: Four Views, IVP, 2000.
  • Clark, Mark, The Problem of God, Zondervan, 2017
  • *Collins, Francis S., The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, Free Press, 2006
  • *Colson, Charles and Pearcey, Nancy, How Shall We Now Live? Tyndale, 1999.
  • Craig, William Lane, On Guard: Defending your Faith with Reason and Precision, David C. Cook, 2010
  • Craig, William Lane, Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics, Crossway Books, Third Edition, 2008.
  • Geisler, Norman and Bocchino, Peter, Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the
  • Christian Faith, Bethany House, 2001.
  • Giberson, Karl W., The Wonder of the Universe: Hints of God in our Fine-Tuned World, IVP, 2012.
  • Habermas, Gary and Licona, Michael, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, Kregel, 2004.
  • Keller, Timothy, Making Sense of God: an Invitation to the Skeptical, Viking, 2016
  • *Keller, Timothy, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Dutton, 2008.
  • Koukl, Gregory, The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important That Happens in Between, Zondervan, 2017
  • Kreeft, Peter and Tacelli, Ronald K., Handbook of Christian Apologetics, IVP, 1994.
  • *Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, Macmillan, 1957.
  • Lewis, C.S., Miracles: a preliminary study, Macmillan, 1947.
  • Lewis, C.S., The Abolition of Man, Macmillan, 1943
  • Little, Paul, Know Why you Believe, Cook Communications Ministries, 1999.
  • McDowell, Josh, The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Thomas Nelson, 1999.
  • McGrath, Alistair, Mere Apologetics: Helping Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith, Baker Books, 2012
  • Moreland, J.P., Scaling the Secular City: a Defense of Christianity, Baker, 1987
  • Morrison, Frank, Who Moved the Stone?, Lamplighter Books, 1958.
  • Nash, Ronald H., Faith and Reason: Searching for a rational faith, Zondervan, 1988.
  • *Ortburg, John, Who is This Man?, Zondervan, 2012.
  • Pinnock, Clark, A Case for Faith, Bethany House, 1980.
  • Plantinga, Alvin, Knowledge and Christian Belief, Eerdmans, 2015
  • Ross, Hugh, The Fingerprint of God, Promise Publishing, 1991.
  • Schaeffer, Francis A., The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer, Crossway Books, 1985.
  • Sproul, R.C., Classical Apologetics, Academie, 1984.
  • Stott, John, Basic Christianity, IVP, 1971.
  • *Stott, John, Why I am a Christian, IVP, 2003.
  • Strobel, Lee, The Case for Christ, Zondervan, 1998.
  • Strobel, Lee, The Case for Faith, Zondervan, 2000.
  • Zacharias, Ravi, Can Man Live Without God? Word, 1994.