You Don’t Need a Degree to be an Apologist (But You Do Need to be a Reader)

by Greg West

Christian ApologeticsYou 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:

The 10 Most Common Objections to ChristianityThe 10 Most Common Objections to Christianity

5-Minute Apologetics for Today: 365 Quick Answers to Key Questions5-Minute Apologetics for Today: 365 Quick Answers to Key Questions

7 Truths That Changed the World7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas

Apologetics for a New GenerationApologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God

Apologetics for the Twenty-first CenturyApologetics for the Twenty-first Century

The Apologetics of JesusThe Apologetics of Jesus: A Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters

The Apologetics Study BibleThe Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe

The Apologetics Study Bible for StudentsThe Apologetics Study Bible for Students

Aquinas: A Beginner's GuideAquinas: A Beginner’s Guide

The Archaeological Study BibleThe Archaeological Study Bible: An Illustrated Walk Through Biblical History and Culture

A Biblical Case for an Old EarthA Biblical Case for an Old Earth

The Big Book of Bible DifficultiesThe Big Book of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation

Blind Chance or Intelligent Design?: Empirical Methodologies and the BibleBlind Chance or Intelligent Design?: Empirical Methodologies and the Bible

Can Man Live Without God?Can Man Live Without God

Can We Trust the Gospels?: Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and JohnCan We Trust the Gospels?: Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

Canon RevisitedCanon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books

The Case for a CreatorThe Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

The Case for ChristThe Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

The Case for Christ Study BibleThe Case for Christ
Study Bible: Investigating the Evidence for Belief

The Case for FaithThe Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

The Case for LifeThe Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture

The Case for the Real JesusThe Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ

The Case for the Resurrection of JesusThe Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical FaithChristian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith

Christian Confidence: An Introduction to Defending the FaithChristian Confidence: An Introduction to Defending the Faith

Christianity In Crisis: The 21st CenturyChristianity In Crisis: The 21st Century

The Chronological Study BibleThe Chronological Study Bible

Cold and Lonely TruthCold and Lonely Truth: The Beckoning of God’s Reality in an Age of Rationalization

Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?The Complete Bible Answer Book: Collector’s Edition

The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature ClassicsThe Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics

Contending with Christianity's CriticsContending with Christianity’s Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors

The Dawkins DelusionThe Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine

The Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist MythsThe Dawkins Letters: Challenging Atheist Myths

Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to ApologeticsDefending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics

The Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent DesignThe Design Revolution: Answering the Toughest Questions About Intelligent Design

Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical ChristDethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture’s Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ

Don't Check Your Brains at the DoorDon’t Check Your Brains at the Door: Know What You Believe and Why

The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil WorldThe End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World

The Evidence BibleThe Evidence Bible

Evidence for GodEvidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science

Evolution ImpossibleEvolution Impossible: 12 Reasons Why Evolution Cannot Explain the Origin of Life

Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the GospelsFabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

The Faith Equation: Mathematical Evidence for ChristianityThe Faith Equation: Mathematical Evidence for Christianity

The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why It Matters

The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One VolumeThe Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume

God and EvolutionGod and Evolution

God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?

God Is Great, God Is GoodGod Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable and Responsible

God's UndertakerGod’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology

Got Questions?Got Questions? Answers to the Questions People Are Really Asking

Handbook of Christian ApologeticsHandbook of Christian Apologetics

Has God Spoken?: Proof of the Bible’s Divine InspirationHas God Spoken?: Proof of the Bible’s Divine Inspiration

The Historical Reliability of the GospelsThe Historical Reliability of the Gospels

Holman QuickSource Guide to Christian ApologeticsHolman QuickSource Guide to Christian Apologetics

How Do You Know You're Not Wrong?: Responding to Objections That Leave Christians SpeechlessHow Do You Know You’re Not Wrong?: Responding to Objections That Leave Christians Speechless

How to Read the Bible for All Its WorthHow to Read the Bible for All Its Worth

Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith TodayHumble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an AtheistI Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

If God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the QuestionIf God, Why Evil?: A New Way to Think About the Question

Intellectuals Don't Need God and Other Modern MythsIntellectuals Don’t Need God and Other Modern Myths

The Intelligent Design CollectionThe Intelligent Design Collection – Darwin’s Dilemma, The Privileged Planet, Unlocking the Mystery of Life

Is God a Moral Monster?Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Is God Just a Human Invention?Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists

Is Jesus the Only Savior?Is Jesus the Only Savior?

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian MessageJesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message

Jesus and His WorldJesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness TestimonyJesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony 

The Jesus SurveyThe Jesus Survey: What Christian Teens Really Believe and Why

Know Why You BelieveKnow Why You Believe

Learning to Jump AgainLearning To Jump Again: A Memoir Of Grief And Hope

The Lee Strobel Film CollectionThe Lee Strobel Film Collection

Letters from a SkepticLetters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions about Christianity

< img title="The Literary Study Bible" border="0" alt="The Literary Study Bible" src="https://www.thepoachedegg.net/footer.jpg" width="14" height="11" />The Literary Study Bible

The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins DebateThe Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate

Love Your God with All Your MindLove Your God with All Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul

The Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian FaithThe Magic Man in the Sky: Effectively Defending the Christian Faith

Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find FaithMere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith

Mere ChristianityMere Christianity

Metamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of ButterfliesMetamorphosis: The Beauty and Design of Butterflies

Misquoting TruthMisquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s "Misquoting Jesus"

More Than a TheoryMore Than a Theory: Revealing a Testable Model for Creation

New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions of Contemporary Physics and Philosophy

Not by Chance!: Shattering the Modern Theory of EvolutionNot by Chance!: Shattering the Modern Theory of Evolution

Not God's Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical FaithNot God’s Type: A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith

On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and PrecisionOn Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision

Passionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian ApologeticsPassionate Conviction: Contemporary Discourses on Christian Apologetics

The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the MindThe Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind

The Questions Christians Hope No One Will AskThe Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask: (With Answers)

A Ready Defense The Best Of Josh McdowellA Ready Defense The Best Of Josh McDowell

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of SkepticismThe Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and ApologeticsReasonable Faith (3rd Edition): Christian Truth and Apologetics

Reasons for Our Hope: An Introduction to Christian ApologeticsReasons for Our Hope: An Introduction to Christian Apologetics

Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-AirRelativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air

Resurrection iWitnessResurrection iWitness

The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical ApproachThe Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach

The Resurrection of the Son of GodThe Resurrection of the Son of God

Rose Bible Basics: Why Trust the Bible?Rose Bible Basics: Why Trust the Bible?

Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and MeaningSaving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals, and Meaning

Scaling the Secular City: A Defense of ChristianityScaling the Secular City: A Defense of Christianity

Science and Human OriginsScience and Human Origins

Seven Days That Divide the WorldSeven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science

A Shot of Faith (to the Head!)A Shot of Faith (to the Head): Be a Confident Believer in an Age of Cranky Atheists

Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent DesignSignature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design

Smooth StonesSmooth Stones: Bringing Down the Giant Questions of Apologetics

So What's the Difference?So What’s the Difference?

The Stones Cry Out: What Archaeology Reveals About the Truth of the BibleThe Stones Cry Out: What Archaeology Reveals About the Truth of the Bible

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

Tearing Down Strongholds: And Defending the TruthTearing Down Strongholds: And Defending the Truth

Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and CultureThink Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture

Thinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do ItThinking About Christian Apologetics: What It Is and Why We Do It

Thinking About God: First Steps in PhilosophyThinking About God: First Steps in Philosophy

True for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian FaithTrue for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to
Christian Faith

The Unexpected JourneyThe Unexpected Journey: Conversations with People Who Turned from Other Beliefs to Jesus

What Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History--Why We Can Trust the BibleWhat Have They Done with Jesus?: Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History–Why We Can Trust the Bible

What's So Great about ChristianityWhat’s So Great about Christianity

When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday ApologeticsWhen God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics

When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian EvidencesWhen Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences

Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel ConspiracyWho Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy

Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of FaithWho Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith

Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of EverythingWho Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything

Why God Won't Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?Why God Won’t Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty?

Why I Am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why They BelieveWhy I Am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe

Why It Doesn't Matter What You Believe If It's Not TrueWhy It Doesn’t Matter What You Believe If It’s Not True: Is There Absolute Truth?

Why People Don't Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian FaithWhy People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith

Why the Universe Is the Way It IsWhy the Universe Is the Way It Is

Why Trust Jesus?Why Trust Jesus?: An Honest Look at Doubts, Plans, Hurts, Desires, Fears, Questions, and Pleasures

 

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