Do you want to learn more about Apologetics?
and Resource List
- Are serious about
learning if your faith is rational and based on facts or
- Want to defend your
faith and teach others to defend their faith, or
- Want to be able to
engage in discussions with people about Christ and start evangelizing
without getting in trouble, or
- Want to immunize
your kids by developing a culture of apologetics in your home or
- Are not a Christian
- Are a Christian who
is starting to doubt your faith, Ö
you need Apologetics.
What is Apologetics?
Apologetics doesnít mean saying you are sorry. The term apologetics comes from
the Greek word ďapologia,Ē which means "defense" or "answer." Apologetics is
the task of defending Christianity rationally, philosophically, logically and
scientifically. The origin of the concept of apologetics lies in the
beginnings of Christianity. The concept of Blind Faith was refuted by the Early
Christians and punished by God.
do you learn Apologetics?
need to start reading and understanding the facts and basis for the roots of the
Historic Christian faith. To allow you to do this, Iíve listed some useful
However what I recommend you do, is not just read this information, but
commit perhaps to occasionally leading a study with a group of friends on this
topic. By teaching this to other people you will learn the most from it and you
will spread the good news. You learn best by teaching. I can help you get
slides, notes and any of the resources that you will need to teach a great study
on Apologetics where both you and your study learn.
Resource 1: CDís and MP3s
easiest way for me to learn new things is to listen to interesting speakers on
my CD player or on my iPOD as I drive (no donít use the headset while you drive,
use an FM transmitter attached to your iPOD so you can hear it on your car
best source for this is Stand to Reasonís ďAmbassador Series.Ē
is a set of CDís that walk you step by step through all the basic issues of
Apologetics and Reasoning. They are all easy to understand and the teacher, Greg
Koukl is easy to listen to and very engaging. You wonít be bored and you wonít
regret it. My wife says she likes his teaching even better than mine.
can go to this website to order these CDs:
Go to their ďstore,Ē select ďShop USĒ and enter this into the search field:
ďAmbassador Basic Curriculum.Ē You will see 3 sets of CDís each set is about
$25. Itís well worth it. You can buy all 3 for $70. (No I donít get a cutÖ).
www.str.org has many
other great resources and they also have a lot of information that you can
search, to find answers to your questions. Anytime someone asks you a tough
question, you can go there and look it up. There are also some great CDs with
debates that will teach you how to answer many of the toughest questions.
Here's a list of pages with Podcasts
& MP3's of talks and Debates:
These links list multiple
great PodCasts that you can download to your iPOD or MP3 player or play on your
The Veritas Forum Podcasts:
Phil Fernandes's Talks:
William Lane Craig debates:
Lots of great debates and
Resource 2: Books
are a reader of books, then here are the books I recommend you start with:
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
The Resurrection Factor by Josh McDowell
The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel
- Who is Agent X: Proving
that Science and Logic show it is more reasonable to think God exists by Me.
You can find most of these at a church
bookstore or on Amazon.com or at a local Christian bookstore. There are lots
more but this will get you started. Once you have read these, email me and Iíll
suggest a few more. There are numerous books out today that deal with a lot of
what the secular world tries to feed us.
Resource 3: Websites
some time on these websites and you will be well equipped:
1. Stand to Reasonsís website:
As I mentioned before this is a great resource.
You can do a search for any topic to find out apologetics info on it. Greg even
has a weekly radio show where he deals with the toughest questions the radio
audience can throw at him. If you download the podcast on a regular basis, you
can learn how to respond to the greatest critics of Christianity.
2. William Lane Craigís website:
William Lane Craig is an excellent debater and
has won numerous debates on the Resurrection of Jesus and on the existence of
God. He has never lost a debate with an atheist according to audience polls. In
fact, Craig is so good, and effective that when he is debating an atheist, you
usually feel sorry for the atheist.
3. Lee Strobelís website:
Lee has many great video clips on various topics.
You can use his clips for Bible Studies as well.
4. My website:
Go to the pull down menus and select Sermons/General Topics. I recommend you
read the following to start with. It will give you a good foundation for much of
your questions. If you want to teach a Bible Study on any of these topics (and I
highly recommend it) please email me and I can send you notes and slides for
which ever one you are teaching.
a. MythBusters/Blind Faith - How Blind Faith is
Evil and a comparison of the Major world religions).
b. The Singularity and Who is Agent X - Where did
God come from? (Use science and logic to prove that it is more rational to
believe God exists than to believe he doesnít)
c. How to win Abortion arguments without using
d. How to respond to Suicide Statements (This
tells you how to respond to silly statements that people make like: Itís wrong
to force your moral values on others. Or There is no absolute Truth, or You
canít know anything for sure about God. You can find out why they are called
Suicide Statements too)
e. Why study Theology (Why it is critical for
every Christian to understand the details of what the Bible Teaches).
f. Why God must punish Sin and Why Christ had to
The reliability of the
Bible, where we got it and a refutation of the DaVinci Code
h. The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection
Why? He thinks He's God (The
Sovereignty of God)
j. Absolute Morality (Is there an absolute
morality? If there isnít why was Hitler wrong? If there is, why do we get to
decide what it is and not Hitler).
Resource 4: If you live in the Silicon Valley Area: Local Mailing List for Apologetics Events
are many occasions when well known apologetics teachers come into San Jose to speak
or debate. These are great events to invite skeptical friends or kids to. For
instance in September every year we have large apologetics conference in Fremont
www.standfortruthministries.org). If you want to get
on a mailing list to be alerted whenever something like this happens you can
sign up for this on my website at
www.NoBlindFaith.com or send an email to
of all have fun.
email address is