Top 10 Apologetics Books

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Reasonable Theology’s ten most recommended Apologetics books include titles from Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, Greg Koukl, Norman Geisler and other top apologists.

1774: Handbook of Christian Apologetics

10. Handbook of Christian Apologetics
By Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli

This comprehensive guidebook provides answer to many common questions regarding the Christian faith. This book does a great job of identifying and summarizing objections while offering answers in an approachable and succinct manner.

Topics covered include God’s nature, miracles, the problem of evil, objective truth, and many more. The Handbook of Christian Apologetics is recommended to those seeking answers as well as those looking to better equip themselves to give them.

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43272: Jesus Among Other Gods

9. Jesus Among Other Gods
By Ravi Zacharias

Ravis Zacharias is perhaps the best known Christian apologist of our day, and many are familiar with RZIM, his apologetics ministry. This text describes the author’s journey to becoming a Christian, defends the truth of the Christian message, and dismantles the postmodern idea that all religions are equally true.

In each chapter Zacharias clearly presents a claim made by Jesus Christ as recorded in Scripture and compares that to the claims made by other world religions, particularly Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

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014178: The Big Book of Christian Apologetics: An A to Z Guide

8. The Big Book of Christian Apologetics: An A to Z Guide
By Norman L. Geisler

A well known proponent of Christian apologetics, Geisler has assembled an extensive and comprehensive guide that covers practically every important area of defending the faith. This encyclopedia of apologetics clearly details various philosophies, answers objections, and explores many Bible difficulties.

The author’s 50 years of experience teaching apologetics and the benefit of his many other written works are compiled into this nearly 700 page volume. This reference book should be in the library of every Christian interested in apologetics.

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742980: The 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity

7. The 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity
By Alex McFarland

While believers receive a wide range of questions from both seekers and skeptics, McFarland has concentrated on ten of the most objections to the Christian faith. Each chapter covers a different objection and give a clear and detailed response to each.

Topics covered by The 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity include the reality of God, creation, the authenticity of the Bible, the deity of Jesus, salvation, alleged Christians hypocrisy, and suffering. The topics covered in the book succinctly address many of the common challenges Christian face. The book also includes a 12-week study guide for small groups.

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400248: HCSB Apologetics Study Bible, Hardcover

6. HCSB Apologetics Study Bible, Hardcover

This Holman Christian Standard study Bible includes helpful commentary throughout the Old and New Testaments, highlighting both Scriptural answers to commonly asked questions as well as detailing how cults and false religions twist particular passages to fit their teachings.

This study Bible features over 100 articles and boasts contributions from apologists such as Chuck Colson, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, Ravi Zacharias, J. P. Moreland, and Phil Johnson. Additional resources include profiles of historic apologists, detailed charts, maps, and comparative breakdowns of other religions.

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326276: More Than a Carpenter

5. More Than a Carpenter
By Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell

This short classic has been updated for a new generation of seekers and provides clear evidence for why Christians believe Jesus to be the Son of God. With over 10 million copies in print worldwide, this book is especially valuable in introducing non- or new-believers to the claims of Christianity. No wonder it’s available in a 6-pack evangelism kit!

More Than a Carpenter not only lays out a convincing argument for the Christian claim that Jesus is Lord, it also clearly presents why and how this truth should affect the life of the reader. Possessing a rare combination of intellectual defense and evangelical witness, More Than a Carpenter has proven itself to be an invaluable resource for introducing others to Jesus.

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2926X: Mere Christianity

4. Mere Christianity
By C.S. Lewis

Originally given as a series of radio broadcasts in England during WW2, C.S. Lewis’ classic book beautifully explains and defends the beliefs of Christianity. The short text lays out the reasonableness of the Christian worldview and theology, and has proven to be an eye-opening journey for countless readers.

While many of the other books on this list give detailed analyses of objections and evidences for the claims of the Bible, Mere Christianity focuses on the rational basis for coming to faith in Christ. This is a must-have for those looking for clear answers to deep questions. Careful readers are likely to find their finished copy nearly completely highlighted for future reference.

Add This Classic To Your Library


20930: The Case for Christ: A Journalist"s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

3. The Case for Christ
By Lee Strobel

Those who have an interest in apologetics have very likely read one or more of Lee Strobel’s works. This skeptic-turned-believer examines the historicity of Jesus as an investigative journalist, and interviews a dozen authoritative believers from a variety of disciplines.

This easy to read paperback provides a valuable introduction to the reliability of the Bible and the historical evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. There is a reason that you will rarely encounter a recommended apologetics reading list that does not include this or another work from Lee Strobel.

Pick Up The Case For Christ or the DVD Adaptation


42199: The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict

2. The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict
By Josh McDowell

This 760 page book provides an extensive defense of the faith and provides readers with a ready defense across a broad range of topics. Written in outline form, this textbook on apologetics jams as much content as possible into each section. Though many will find this selection most useful as a reference rather than reading it cover to cover, it has proven to be among the most complete and helpful resources for those interested in studying, teaching, and defending the reasons for their faith in Christ.

The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict is broken up into four sections and covers the reliability and historicity of the Bible, the case for belief in Christ, the case for Christianity, and an examination of competing worldviews and religions. This is perhaps the best apologetics reference book available.

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282921: Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

1. Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
By Gregory Koukl

While the other books in this list assist greatly with what to discuss with others, Tactics focuses on how to defend your Christian convictions to others with confidence. Koukl gives several ‘tactics’ to assist believers in sharing the truth and reliability of the Gospel and the Christian worldview.

These methods allow you to keep the conversation going, avoid hostility, and deftly point out flaws in a person’s thinking with grace and compassion. Fittingly among the best selling apologetics books, Greg Koukl’s Tactics serves to equip new believers, longtime Christians, and budding apologists with the tools they need to defend and promote the Christian faith.

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6 Responses

  1. Eric Lapata says:

    No “Reason For God” by Tim Keller on this list?

    • Reasonable Theology says:

      Hi Eric -

      The Reason for God is definitely a book we would recommend, it just missed the cut when narrowing down to a ‘Top 10′ list. For those who have not read Keller’s work, this is a fantastic book that covers many of the questions and objections people have to the existence of God and tenants of the Christian faith. Those who want to learn more or pick up a copy can take a look at the information below:

      The Reason for God: Belief in God in an Age of Skepticism
      By Timothy Keller
      How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be “right” and the others “wrong”? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.

  2. Frank King says:

    I’d also add “God is Great, God is Good”, edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister.

  3. Michael Servetus says:

    I could hardly ever enjoy or read through an apologetic tome of today. Therefore I think the enjoyment and convincing power of any work depends on the subjective audience not only the information and also on style and presentation. I for one do not find Ravi Zacharias especially convincing or effective personally and it is not because I do not understand him. I do not wish to single Mr. Zacharias out as I can hardly stand to read Peter Kreeft or Josh McDowell. I understand that they are widely recognized and acclaimed and it must be for a reason but as a result of my own experience with modern apologetics I think there is still a large field of opportunity to be harvested by different approaches and styles. I dont think most modern apologist’s really get to the heart of the issues and by that I mean the subjective side of things in the intended audiences. One writer who helped me a decade ago or more was NT Wright. I know he is not considered an apologist strictly speaking or perhaps he is but the ambiguity in defining him is because of his style and the focus of his writings. I point to him as one example because what we are up against today is a mindset and set of attitudes more than anything based on knowledge and information and this mindset and attitudes are not effectively dealt with by the approach and assumptions many Christian apologists take today. What is needed is not technical information overload and reasoning based on the presumption of good will and faith, so that simply presenting information and a reasonable argument will win the day.
    Pro 21:22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.

  4. John says:

    For young people interested in apologetics, I recommend “Generation Why?” by Dan Greenup. It’s really accessible and covers a wide range of topics.

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