Top 10 Books - Apologetics

The following is a list of some recommendations on the subject of apologetics, offered in no particular order.

Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis

While not the most highly regarded by academic theologians, and certainly not without its deficiencies, this remains one of Lewis’ most influential and enduring works. All considering the reasonableness of the Christian faith should read it. Brief, winsome, and to the point.

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

Tim Keller ministered for years as the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, surrounded by and ministering to some of the most influential - and decidedly secular - people on earth. This book is equal parts theological and practical, helping readers look at the deeper questions of how we know anything at all.

Apologetics to the Glory of God
John Frame

This was required reading during my seminary years, and for good reason. It’s excellent. Frame’s work is a bit more theoretical than some others, but this occasions ample study and commentary on Scripture.

Always Ready: Directions for Defending The faith
Greg Bahnsen

This book represents a collection of several resources compiled from the late Greg Bahnsen’s prolific teaching career. In my experience, few apologists enjoy the enthusiastic following Bahnsen enjoys long after his promotion to glory.

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
Greg Koukl

I first came across the teaching of Greg Koukl while teaching at a Christian high school. His materials energized those students eager to learn how to communicate the credibility of the Christian faith. This book is highly practical, designed to equip its readers for confident discussion of their faith with others.

Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth
Richard Pratt

Pratt is a truly world-class theologian yet has an amazing ability to distill and communicate complex ideas in accessible and highly practical ways.

Why Should I Believe Christianity?
James Anderson

A short work directed toward those considering, or perhaps simply curious about, Christianity. It is both clear and compelling, an excellent resource to share with a friend or study for its example.

The Story of Reality
Greg Koukl

This book explores the Christian worldview, helping Christians better understand their faith as well as others to explore its teaching and plausibility. Koukl is a very knowledgeable and passionate apologist, one of the best.

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
Nancy Pearcey

One of my very favorite thinkers and writers, I recommend anything - literally anything - written by Nancy Pearcey. If she writes a grocery list, you should read it. She is a challenging but accessible writer; well worth the investment.

Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics
R.C. Sproul

Although I could conclude this list with a more academic title like Van Til’s Defense of the Faith, I’ll end with this practical work by R.C. Sproul. Like everything from the late Dr. Sproul, it’s thorough yet accessible.