Intro to Apologetics

Introducing Apologetics in 24 Hours

Christian apologetics is over 2000 years old, starting first with Jesus himself, explaining to his disciples and the people of his time why he needed to do the things he did. As an activity, it began with Paul, and, as a field of study, we first find St. Augustine and other church fathers preparing defenses for the faith. Today, Apologetics, although widely defined and widely applied, refers generally to the Christian’s apology, or defense, for his or her beliefs.

Below is a crash course in apologetics that the contributers to LutheranApologetics.com have put together for scholars new to the field. In each of our six apologetic categories, we have recommended online materials that will get you up to speed on what’s being taught. The recommended materials range from popular short books to lectures and debates, all readily available on-line or at the nearest library, that give a taste of the arguments, logic, and historical and scientific evidence that support our faith today. In addition, we have also prepared a summary of the current contributions of confessional Lutherans to the field, and a plea for Lutherans to become more involved in an area of education that plays such a vital role in Christian scholarship. Reviewing all of the materials in this introductory course ought to take about 24 hours to complete.

General/Popular Apologetics

  1. Book: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
  2. Book: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  3. Book: James W. Sire Scripture Twisting. 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible

Historical/textual Apologetics

  1. Video Debate: Gary Habermas and Antony Flew, “The Resurrection of Jesus,” John Ankerberg Television Program
  2. Book: F.F. Bruce: The New Testament Documents. Are They Reliable?
  3. Book: William Lane Craig: The Son Rises. The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus.

Philosophical Apologetics

  1. Book: C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

Scientific Apologetics

  1. Video: “Unlocking the Mysteries of Life,” produced by Illustra Media, based on the work of Michael Behe
  2. Video: “Privileged Planet,” produced by Illustra Media, based on the work of Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
  3. Video: “Icons of Evolution,” produced by Coldwater Media, based on the work of Jonathan Wells

Existential/Literary Apologetics

A Lutheran Approach to Christian Apologetics

  1. Book: Gene Edward Veith, Loving God With All Your Mind. Thinking as a Christian in the Post-Modern World.

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