Apologetics Track

For this track with commentary and explanation, go here.

Take up and read. A lot.
Take up and read. A lot.

Books and courses to get you well on your way in developing a biblical apologetic, and carrying it out.

How to use the Apologetics Track.

Theology

Now, it is necessary that you build your apologetic from a sound theology. Theology determines apologetic methodology. If you need help getting started with that, read:

Your Bible! Internalize as much of it as you can. Dedicate time to reading for scope, and also dedicate time to read in detail. For help in your Bible reading, read Let the Reader Understand.

Most essentially for theology:

The Westminster Standards: The Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF), The Westminster Larger Catechism (WLC), and The Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC). Available FREE in PDF and Kindle here. Available in a free app for iOs and Android.
The Forgotten Trinity by James White. Trinitarianism is what we are defending, so we had better know it.
Pilgrim Theology by Michael Horton. An easy-to-read systematic.
Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper (FREE). This will show that sound theology is actually a worldview.
Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin (for a shorter reading, go for the 1541 edition published by Banner of Truth)
I would recommend nailing all, but not necessarily the Institutes, before diving into apologetics.

Now, on to apologetics.

The Apologetics Track

 

Stage One — Foundations

Pushing the Antithesis: The Apologetic Methodology of Greg L. Bahnsen, edited by Gary DeMar

Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended, by Greg Bahnsen

Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen

Basic Training for Defending the Faith, taught by Greg Bahnsen

Defending the Christian Worldview Against All Opposition, taught by Greg Bahnsen

Defending the Faith, taught by Dr. Michael J. Kruger (also here, for lecture 9).

Biblical Logic: In Theory & Practice, by Joel McDurmon

 

Stage Two — Engagement

 

The Open Hand – Persuasoria

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl

Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible by Vern Poythress

The Last Christian on Earth: Uncover the Enemy’s Plot to Undermine the Church by Os Guinness

Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion by Os Guinness

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

A Serrated Edge: A Brief Defense of Biblical Satire and Trinitarian Skylarking, by Douglas Wilson

L’Abri (New Expanded Edition) by Edith Schaeffer

Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman by John Meuther

Apologetics 101 taught by William Edgar, and read Christian Apologetics (2nd edition, edited by William Edgar) by Cornelius Van Til. Edgar’s little book Reasons of the Heart is also a textbook for the class.

The Closed Fist – Dissuasoria

Christian Theistic Evidences (2nd edition, edited by K. Scott Oliphint) by Cornelius Van Til

Five Views on Apologetics edited by Steven B. Cowan

The Bahnsen/Sproul Debate Over Apologetic Method (Full Audio) (Full Transcript)

James White – Apologetic Methodology: Part 1Part 2Part 3

How To Answer The Fool: A Presuppositional Defense of the Faith (film of Sye Ten Bruggencate). Watch online.

Greg Bahnsen versus Gordon Stein debate, “Does God Exist?”

Worldview Apologetics taught by James Anderson

Classes, all FREE, taught by Timothy Tennent.

World Religions,

Introduction to Islam,

Introduction to Buddhism,

Introduction to Hinduism.

What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions by James Anderson

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes by Nancy Pearcey

Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible’s Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity by James White

*Dr. James White Full Interview ‘NWO Bible Versions’ (King James Onlyism)

*The Roman Catholic Controversy by James White

*Mary—Another Redeemer? by James White

*James White versus Robert Wilkin debate (Anti-Lordship, no-repentance “gospel”)

*Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship by John MacArthur

*A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology: In the Light of Biblical Trinitarianism, (4th Edition — Revised, Updated, and Expanded) by Edward Dalcour

*Trinity vs. Modalism Debate: James White vs. Roger Perkins (Oneness, Unitarian)

*The Same Sex Controversy: Defending and Clarifying the Bible’s Message About Homosexuality by James White and Jeff Niell

The Gay Christian Movement: A Response Part 1 and Part 2 by James White

*What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an by James White

*Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Francis Beckwith and Greg Koukl

*Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen (FREE) (and FREE audio)

*Debate: Is the Bible True? (White vs Crossan) (The Jesus Seminar, Liberalism)

*All these with the asterisk can either be blended with Stage Three, or completed afterwards.

Stage Three — Reinforcement

The Defense of the Faith (4th edition, edited by K. Scott Oliphint) by Cornelius Van Til

Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics edited by K. Scott Oliphint and Lane G. Tipton

The Apologetic Implications of Self-Deception by Greg Bahnsen, the last chapter (FREE)

Van Til’s Apologetic: Readings & Analysis by Greg Bahnsen

Francis Schaeffer – The Early Years (iTunes U) and Francis Schaeffer – The Later Years (iTunes U) taught by Jerram Barrs, and read The Tapestry: The Life and Times of Francis and Edith Schaeffer, by Edith Schaeffer

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