Recommended Christian Apologetics Books and Resources
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My Favorite Book:
Bruchko by Bruce Olson (A riveting true story with appeal for both Christians and non-Christians)
| ...I ran straight into some vines, tripped, and fell flat
on my face, scrambled up, and got tangled in the vines again. Then a
searing pain bit into my thigh, and my whole body went limp. I fell.
Everything seemed to move slowly - even my huge gulping breaths. I looked down at my thigh. A long shaft was sticking out of it, with a neat little punch-hole where the arrow had gone in. The hole was a bright red from the blood, my blood, oozing out and down my leg. I couldn't take my eyes off the arrow. It seemed unreal. It had to be sticking out from someone else's leg. But it wasn't.
Then I looked up, and my heart almost stopped. I was encircled by dark-skinned, naked men, with huge bows drawn taut. Nine little dots of arrowheads pointed right at me. I forgot about my leg.
"Don't shoot, don't!" I said in Yuko, pleading also with my eyes. Their eyes, like little black chunks of coal, made no response. Their arms did not relax their bows.
"Oh please," I said in Spanish, "I come as a friend. "Friend," I said in Latin.
Without taking their eyes off of me, they removed the arrows from their bows. One of the men walked over to me. I cowered. He reached down to my leg and grasped the arrow by the shaft. Putting his foot on my thigh, he yanked out the arrow. I saw little red, dancing stars. I couldn't breathe. I looked down at my leg and saw a bit of my muscle trailing in the blood from where the arrow had been pulled out. Every second the pain seemed to be more than I could stand, and then unbelievably, it got worse...
And you thought you had it bad in your witnessing attempts!
For the Non-Christian:
For the Christian
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
A classic book of adventure, mystery and humor, with deeper meaning for those who are Christian. If you start reading these books to your kids, they won't let you stop reading (and you will probably continue reading after your kids have fallen asleep!). Lewis' style allows you to "see" the story as it unfolds. The intricacies and subtleties are all come together in the last two books of the series.
Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor
The children's version of John Bunyan's classic story of the hazards associated with the Christian walk. An easy-to-understand version geared toward the younger readers. Our boys have really enjoyed this version, often listening for hours.
Science and Apologetics
The Creation Date Controversy
Peril in Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth by Mark S. Whorton, Ph.D. goes beyond the superficial doctrines espoused by the young earth "perfect paradise" paradigm to examine underlying assumptions and extra-biblical teachings of the movement. Peril in Paradise examines verses cited as support for the perfect paradise paradigm in context to determine their actual meaning. In addition, the book compares the perfect paradise paradigm to the perfect purpose paradigm proposed by old earth creationists. Since the book sticks to the scriptures almost exclusively, it cannot be claimed that old earth creationists ignore the scriptures in preference to "fallible science."
The Genesis Debate: Three teams of evangelical scholars tackle the question of how God created the universe by presenting and defending their respective views in a lively, yet friendly, forum. J. Ligon Duncan III and David W. Hall defend the view that the Genesis creation days are six, sequential days, each 24 hours long (the 24-hour view). Hugh Ross and Gleason L. Archer defend the view that the Genesis creation days are six sequential ages of time of unspecified but finite duration (the day-age view). And Lee Irons with Meredith G. Kline defend the view that the Genesis creation days are presented as normal days, but that the picture of God's creating in six days and resting on the seventh is figurative (the Framework view).
A Matter of Days: Resolving a Creation Controversy by Hugh Ross examines the biblical creation controversy through an in-depth study of history, theology, and science through a testable creation model that proposes a mechanism to settle this raging dispute.
Don Stoner looks at the age of the earth from a scientific and biblical perspective. He presents much more evidence that is not presented in Creation and Time.
Darwin's Black Box by Michael Behe
Darwin's Black Box discusses the problems associated with macroevolution at the level of biochemistry and molecular biology.
Evolution: A Theory in Crisis by Michael Denton
A general discussion of some of the problems associated with macroevolution. It is somewhat outdated, but a good introduction to the overall scope.