Recommended Books: Apologetics

(Defending the Faith)

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Getting Started

Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Timothy Keller

Human beings are idol-making factories. Because of our sinful natures, we are bent to worship created things instead of the Creator. In Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller explains why we can only find lasting joy and peace in God, the maker of heaven and earth, through faith in Christ alone.

The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel

Who was Christ? What can be known about this man whose name is often used as a swear word? Was he a real person, and if so, is there any reason to take note of him? Lee Strobel teaches about who Christ is, the historical proof of his existence, and the truth of his message. Engage your mind as you learn the facts about Jesus Christ. 

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels by J. Warner Wallace

If only there was good evidence for Christianity and the existence of Christ. Well, here it is! J. Warner Wallace takes you on a forensic journey to analyze the message of the Bible from a no-nonsene perspective. What are the facts? Is there reasonable proof regarding the historicity of the resurrection? How do the Scriptures stand up to investigation by a homicide detective? Read Wallace's book to find out.

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

How do you explain God to yourself or others? Many mock belief in an all-powerful, good, and wise God who made the universe and also has a relationship with humankind. Have your questions answered by Pastor Tim Keller and be encouraged that there is a defense for the God of the Bible.

Going Further


Answering questions about Christianity for yourself and others can be a daunting task. With this book by Douglas Groothuis, you will feel better prepared for conversation with those seeking answers about the Christian faith. 

Did Adam and Eve really exist?: Who they were and why You should care by C. John Collins

Have you wondered about the historicity of the Bible and in particular about the claims concerning Adam and Eve? Is their existence really that important? How do we know the story of Adam and Eve is not just a myth? C. John Collins addresses the idea of a historical Adam and Eve and how important they are to Christianity.

longing to know the philosophy of knowledge for ordinary people by Esther Lightcap Meek

How do we come to know God? This is a question that many people struggle with. But on a broader level, how do we come to know anything that we know? Esther Lightcap Meek explains how humans go about knowing, and how knowing God is similar to how we come to know anything else. A pleasant, down-to-earth read, this is a small book with a big message.