You Don’t Need a Degree to be an Apologist (But You Do Need to be a Reader)
by Greg West
You don’t need a degree to be an apologist but you do need to be a reader. The first apologetics book I ever read was Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ, and I was blown away about the amount of evidence for the truth claims of Christianity. Not only that, but it introduced me to a host of other apologists and apologetics resources.
Every Christian is called to be an apologist (1 Peter 3:15) and reading apologetics books is one of the best ways to learn apologetics, along with listening to lectures and debates. For the latter, Apologetics 315 is hands down the best resource on the internet, and as for the former, I’ve provided a list of over 100 books (and a handful of videos) from some of the best Christian thinkers past and present. Most of these I have in my own library as well as keeping extra copies of some of them to give away to unbelieving friends or Christian friends who are struggling with doubt.
The aspiring apologist should start with introductory level books (Lee Strobel’s “Case for…” series is a great place to start; click here for a broader list) and work your way up to higher level books (Reasonable Faith comes to mind) as you begin to become more familiar with some of the basic arguments for Christianity.
Visiting apologetics blogs and websites is another helpful way to learn apologetics and we have quite a few listed in our links directory. and more are always being added.
Once you become a more seasoned apologist, share your knowledge by volunteering to lead an apologetics small group or Sunday School class at your church. You might also consider becoming a certified apologist (relatively inexpensive) and becoming a Ratio Christi chapter director at a local college. Ratio Christi even has a program that enables you to become a supported apologetics missionary—so even if you don’t have a degree, you can still potentially earn a living as an apologist.
One thing that we must always keep in mind is that we don’t study and learn apologetics to be able to win arguments or to show how smart we are—we learn and study apologetics to be better disciples of Christ, better evangelists, and Christians that are better equipped and prepared to engage culture instead of disengaging from it.
GREG’S TOP 100+ RECOMMENDED APOLOGETICS RESOURCES:
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