Apologetics - 50 Best Books of All Time - Part 1

April 25, 2020 6 Comments

Apologetics - 50 Best Books of All Time - Part 1

I have counted the cost, and I am ready to upset some people.

Oh I know I am going to leave off someone's favorite apologetics book of all time with this list so let me get it out now...I AM SORRY!!

This is, as with most other lists, just my opinion of the best apologetics books.

One other thing to keep in mind:

These are books that I have either read, or am in the process of reading.

SO, if you see one of YOUR favorite books NOT on here, most likely it is because I am still growing in apologetics, and haven't read it yet.

So PLEASE, leave a comment below; I would LOVE to check your favorite book out too, so I can improve upon my list of the best Christian apologetics books.

Most importantly, this list of the best books on apologetics is primarily for the person who is interested in apologetics, but really has no idea where to start.

So without further ado, here's my apologetics book list (well the first 25)...but first, a Table of Contents, so that you can easily navigate between different sections.

 

Tactics (2009)

By: Gregory Koukl

Tactics Book

Tactics - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

Most apologetics books teach you lots of great facts that act as evidence for defending your Christian faith.

This book does NOT do that.  With Tactics Greg Koukl instead teaches you what many would say was much more valuable.

That is how to ask questions, so that it opens up the opportunity to present those facts.

For more information on Greg Koukl, check out his Stand to Reason website:

https://www.str.org/ 

 

2.  I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (2004)

By: Dr. Norman Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek

Tactics Book

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This was one of the first apologetics books I read, and it totally changed my life.

If there was one book you could read, from beginning to end, that would take you all the way from asking the question, "Does truth exist?" all the way up to the evidence that Jesus is that unknown God of the universe, this would be the book.

I have read quite a few Frank Turek books, and I haven't found one yet that I was disappointed with.

Not only is this book filled with GREAT facts, but it is also written well, with lots of stories and examples to help you understand these concepts.

Frank Turek YouTube videos get thousands upon thousands of hits every day, as he battles it out on college campuses across the country.

For apologetics videos and informative information from Dr. Turek, check out his website:

CrossExamined.org

For Frank Turek, evolution, the existence of God and the reliability of scripture are just SOME of the topics he is highly proficient at.

Norman Geisler has been writing apologetics books for decades, and is known for Chosen But Free as well as the classic Norman Geisler Systematic Theology book.

I have not read as many Norman Geisler books yet, but there's enough of them to keep me busy for a long time.

For more information on the late and great, Dr. Norman Geisler, check out his website:

http://normangeisler.com/

 

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3.  Did Jesus Rise from the Dead (1987)

By: Dr. Gary Habermas and Dr. Antony Flew

 

Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

THE most important question in human history is Did Jesus Rise From the Dead?

This book was the first book I read on this topic, so I am perhaps a bit biased, but Gary Habermas does a fantastic job of presenting his position for Christ's resurrection.

This book was actually compiled from a debate between Dr. Gary Habermas, and Dr. Antony Flew (one of the most famous atheists in the 20th century (eventually became a theist)).

The 2007 Antony Flew There Is a God book shocked the atheist world. 

This book gives you the evidence for the resurrection, and it refutes, in real time, the other possible alternatives to the resurrection.

In Gary Habermas books, a reader is always going to learn a vast amount of information about the resurrection, in a plain and simple way.

You can check out Dr. Habermas' website at:

 http://garyhabermas.com/

 

4.  The Case for Christ (1998)

By: Lee Strobel

Tactics Book

The Case for Christ - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This is the first apologetics book I ever read, back in college when I was struggling with my faith, and needed to hear someone make a case for Christ.

The Case for Christ book has sold millions of copies worldwide, and they even made the Case For Christ movie to Chronicle Strobel's journey.

It is similar to I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist in that it gives a great overall perspective across the board of the evidence for Christianity.

Like Frank Turek, I have found Lee Strobel books to be very informative, yet not too far from reach for the average Christian to grasp.

With Lee Strobel the Case for Christ was more than just a publishing opportunity, this was the story of his life.

Lee has been married for many years now to Leslie Strobel, whose character also appears in the movie.

You can check out Lee's website at:

https://leestrobel.com/

 

5.  Know Why You Believe (1967)

By: Paul E. Little

Know Why You Believe - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This book flows very nicely, and is easy to read and understand.

It has lots of examples in many different categories of apologetics.  

It is another book that gives you a nice overall picture of the evidence for Christianity.

 

6.  Cold-Case Christianity (2013)

By: J Warner Wallace

Tactics Book

Cold Case Christianity - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time 

I hate to sound like a broken record, but this is another one that gives a great overall picture of the Christian position.

If I was telling someone where to get started in apologetics, I would start with these foundational books, because they give you such a great overall perspective of the evidence.

My favorite part in this book was when J Warner Wallace (James Warner Wallace) started getting into the evidence of the early church fathers.  

Wallace has also written God's Crime Scene and Forensic Faith; he even has J Warner Wallace books for kids.

That book is extremely informative, as he shows you who the disciples of the disciples were, and who some of their disciples were.

The whole book was great, but that was what stuck out most to me.

Wallace's website, ColdCaseChristianity.com is a great resource for further learning.

 

7.  Seeking Allah Finding Jesus (2014)

By: Dr. Nabeel Qureshi

Tactics Book

Seeking Allah Finding Jesus - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

Dr. Nabeel Qureshi was one of the reasons my wife and I fell in love with apologetics.

He will forever hold a very important place in our hearts and I know so many others throughout the world.

When he was hit with stomach cancer, we were shocked, and when he died, just heart-broken.

However, his teachings, and legacy in Christ will live on forever.

This book was amazing because I knew very little about Islam, and this book gives you a great introduction into Islam.  Nabeel Quereshi books are mostly like that!

And it weaves an incredible story in the midst of teaching you.  That is, of course, the story of Nabeel Qureshi going from Muslim to Jesus, through the witness of Muslim apologist David Wood, who started Acts17Apologetics with Nabeel.

The legacy Nabeel left lives on through his books.  You can find more at:

http://www.nabeelqureshi.com/

 

8.  Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (1998)

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith and Gregory Koukl

Tactics Book

Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

My mind was blown when I read this book!

Suddenly, certain things that I had been told for so long suddenly started to get turned on their heads, as their logic was proven fallacious.

The accusations from the media were suddenly not so intimidating any longer.

When you begin to learn the self-defeating nature behind so much of the speech of relativism, it changes you forever.

And, of course, what a great title as well!

 For more information on Greg Koukl, check out his Stand to Reason website:

https://www.str.org/ 

And for more books and info by Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, check out:

https://sites.baylor.edu/francisbeckwith/

 

9.  Putting Jesus in His Place (2007)

By: Dr. Robert Bowman Jr. and J Ed Komoszewski

Putting Jesus in His Place - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

Wow!  Another book that floored me.

When I read this book, I had no idea of all the Old Testament references to Jesus.  

This book shows you evidence of Jesus being in the same place that Jehovah is mentioned in from the Old Testament.

It shows you how Jesus shares the Honors, Attributes, Names, Deeds, and Seat of God (acronym of course is HANDS).

Reading this book will change your perspective of our Lord Jesus, in an amazing way.

For more information on Rob Bowman, you can check out his website, with fellow apologist, Alex Blagojevic, at:

FaithThinkers.org

And to check out more of J Ed Komoszewski's books, check out his Amazon link at:

https://www.amazon.com/J.-Ed-Komoszewski/e/B001JSB4HU%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

 

10.  Darwin's Black Box (1996)

By: Dr. Michael Behe

Darwin's Black Box - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

2 words: Irreducible Complexities.

What? That's what I said.

This was one of the first people (Michael Behe) to come out, as a scientist, with such a strong case for Intelligent Design.

This is a bit tougher of a read with some of the science areas, but at the same time, I think Behe does a great job a breaking a lot of that down.

If you have one science book to read to give you evidence that disproves Darwinian evolution, this could be it.

Behe breaks down systems which have so many different moving parts that there's no way they could have just evolved by chance.

He examines systems like the eye, blood-clotting and the famous Bacterial Flagellum.

Get ready to have your mind blown.

Michael J Behe has also written Darwin Devolves and The Edge of Evolution.

You can get more information on Michael Behe at:

https://www.discovery.org/p/behe/

 

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11.  The Compact Guide to World Religions (1996)

By: Dean C. Halverson

The Compact Guide to World Religions - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This book was my first break down of multiple religions in one book, and I loved every minute of it.

If you want to learn a bit about pretty much ALL the major religions, this is the book for you.

From Islam, to Hinduism, from Buddhism to Judaism, and a whole lot in between, this book opens our eyes into the religions of the world around us.

 

12.  The New Testament Documents - Are They Reliable? (1943)

By: F.F. Bruce

The New Testament Documents - Are They Reliable? - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This book was a little too technical for my wife (not many stories and examples), but if you like facts and straight evidence, this is a must-read.

F.F. Bruce (also written FF Bruce) is one of the great scholars of the 20th century, and he makes a great case for why we can trust these books called the New Testament documents.

 

13.  Evolution: A Theory in Crisis (1985)

By: Dr. Michael Denton

Evolution - A Theory in Crisis - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

Evolution a Theory in Crisis is the book that many believe cracked open the door into some of the flaws with evolution, and it took, especially at this time (1985) a lot of guts to be one of the first to bring it out.

Michael Behe actually remarked that he had read this book, and it began to make him questions some of the Darwinian dogma that he had grown so accustomed to in the scientific community. 

It is not an easy read, but if you have any interest in science and truth, you will certainly enjoy it.

You can find more information on Dr. Denton at:

https://www.discovery.org/p/denton/ 

 

14.  Politically Correct Death (1994)

By: Dr. Francis J. Beckwith

Politically Correct Death - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This book is seen by many in the apologetics community as the premiere book on the abortion debate.

So if you are feeling called to enter into that arena of protecting life with the Pro-Life movement, this is the one book you definitely do want to get your hands on.

For more books and info by Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, check out:

https://sites.baylor.edu/francisbeckwith/

 

15.  No God But One (2016)

By: Dr. Nabeel Quereshi

Tactics Book

No God But One - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

One could certainly make the case that this book was even better than Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus.  

Where his first book weaves a story into a great introduction on Islam, this books goes deeper, theologically and historically.

Both books are excellent.

This book is very well-written, and explores the deeper issues of Islam more closely.

 The legacy he left lives on through his books.  You can find more at:

http://www.nabeelqureshi.com/

 

16.  Signature in the Cell (2009)

By: Dr. Stephen Meyer

Tactics Book

Signature in the Cell - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

Signature in the Cell, like Darwin's Black Box, hits on foundational issues with Darwinian evolution, related to specified complexity, the information inside DNA.

Dr. Meyer talks about how even our simplest DNA molecule has a gargantuum amount of information that resides in it, and the question becomes, "where did that information come from?"

Stephen Meyer also wrote the apologetics classic, Darwin's Doubt.

With Stephen Meyer Intelligent Design as a movement has seen some huge momentum.

If life evolves from DNA, where did the first DNA get the information from to develop that life.

 For more books and information on Dr. Meyer, check out his website at:

https://stephencmeyer.org/

 

17.  God's Crime Scene (2015)

By: J. Warner Wallace

Tactics Book

God's Crime Scene - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

OK so God's Crime Scene is the first apologetics book I read (while not in college).  

Basically, in 2017, we decided we wanted to put an apologetics website together.  I knew I loved apologetics, but I had only read 1 apologetics book (Case for Christ) up to this time (well 1.5 if you include Mere Christianity which my dad told me to read when I was in high school, but which I got NOTHING from, and didn't care about it at that time).

So I set off to start on my apologetics journey with 1...and a half books under my belt.  

This is the first book I read from there.

Wallace does a great job, as in all his books, in explaining complex topics in simple terms.

He also is the illustrator in these books as well, which is cool.

This book gets into the Fine-Tuning argument, which tends to keep many atheists up at night.

Wallace has some great resources at his website, 

https://coldcasechristianity.com/

 

18.  The Case for a Creator (2004)

By: Lee Strobel

Tactics Book

The Case for a Creator - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This book gets into the science aspects of the evidence for a Creator.

It even gets into geological evidence, as Strobel interviews the world's brightest Christian scientists to grill them on the world's most challenging questions.  

With Lee Strobel The Case For a Creator was introduced to the world, and the world will never be the same.

You can check out Lee's website at:

https://leestrobel.com/

 

19.  The Case for the Real Jesus (2007)

By: Lee Strobel

Tactics Book

The Case for the Real Jesus - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

You really can't go wrong with any of Strobel's Case For...series.  

Here is another, and it is great as well.

In The Case For Faith Lee Strobel turns to a different side of evidence.

What sticks out to me from this book was comparing Jesus to ancient Greek mythological figures, and what are called Copycats, to determine whether Christianity had stolen from their stories to invent stories about Jesus.

Also, he has a great interview with Dr. Michael Brown on the fulfilled prophecies of Jesus.

Again, you can check out Lee's website at:

https://leestrobel.com/

 

20.  Evidence for the Historical Jesus (2015)

By: Dr. Gary Habermas

Evidence for the Historical Jesus - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

My favorite part of this EBook (which I printed out and basically turned into a book), was when Dr. Habermas breaks down the gaps that show how early the Gospels and especially 1 Cor. 15 was written.  

It is BRILLIANT!

Also, he touches on some of the extrabiblical evidence for Jesus, through, Tacitus, Pliny, etc.

You can check out Dr. Habermas' website at:

 http://garyhabermas.com/

 

21.  The Creator and the Cosmos (1993)

By: Dr. Hugh Ross

Tactics Book

The Creator and the Cosmos - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This is a wonderful science book.

Hugh Ross is a brilliant Astrophysicist, who also loves the Lord.

Hugh Ross books are a but more in-depth, but definitely worth checking out, even for the layperson.

He goes into some detail in this book, touching on the fine-tuning of the universe, and popular topics like black holes and relativity.

For anyone who likes a good science read out there, Hugh Ross is your guy.

Hugh Ross started the organization "Reasons to Believe" (not to be confused with the Rod Stewart classic, Reason to Believe), and you can check out more on him at:

https://www.reasons.org/about/hugh-ross

 

22.  Did God Really Command Genocide? (2014)

By: Dr. Paul Copan and Dr. Matt Flannagan

Tactics Book

Did God Really Command Genocide - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This topic is super popular at college universities all across the country.

How could God be good, if he allowed and even commanded some of what seems like massive atrocities in the Old Testament?

These questions, and more, are addressed and answered in this book.

For more information on Paul Copan, check out his website:

https://www.paulcopan.com/

 

23.  Stealing From God (2015)

By: Dr. Frank Turek

Tactics Book

Stealing from God - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This one certainly could have been pushed higher up on the list.

It tackles, perhaps, the strongest (one could argue) argument for the existence of God - our moral standards.

Dr. Turek makes it clear how, without God, no one has ANY basis to make any judgment about anyone ever.

He shows how atheists have to actually "steal from God" (having an objective basis for good and evil) in order to make a case that God is evil.

Sound confusing?  Buy the book.  He will clear it up for you.  He did for me.

For apologetics videos and informative information from Dr. Turek, check out his website:

CrossExamined.org

 

24.  Understanding the Creation/Evolution Controversy (2005)

By: Dr. E.C. Ashby

Understanding the Creation/Evolution Controversy - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This is a good read for someone who wants a basic understanding of the Creation/Evolution debate.  

If my memory serves me well, E.C. Ashby used to be a professor, teaching evolution for many years.

One of his students asked him out to lunch and challenged the professor to tell him the best evidence he had for evolution.

Well after making a few points, Ashby realized, for the first time in 20 years, how weak his arguments really were.

So he traveled across the world to interview some of his colleagues at some of the best and brightest schools, and they also gave him their best evidence...which he also determined to be a bit weak.

From that place, he wrote this book, presenting the strong case for Intelligent Design in the universe.

 

25.  Miracles (2-volume set) (2011)

By: Dr. Craig Keener

Miracles - Apologetics: 50 Best Books of All Time

This 2-volume series, I must admit, I have only started.

It is pretty intimidating (2 volumes and each is like 700 pages!)

But Dr. Craig Keener literally chronicles miracles that have been medically verified in our modern times, throughout the world.

I definitely look forward to the day when I can get through this one.

You can check out Dr. Keener's website at:

http://www.craigkeener.com/about-craig/

 

Check out PART 2 to hear the rest of our list. 

Also, let us know what you think in the comments section below.  What book do YOU think we should have included?

 

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6 Responses

Jonathan
Jonathan

October 15, 2020

That’s awesome Karen! I am very glad that it will be helpful for you! Thanks for the comment :)

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Karen Fisher
Karen Fisher

September 21, 2020

Thank you for this list! I have many (but not all!) of the titles. I agree that Nabeels books are great for someone who knows little about Islam but wants to read about a first-hand account from a former Muslim and scholar. I like the book reviews you included here. It’s going to help me decide on my next book purchase. God bless you! ~Karen

Jonathan Krotov
Jonathan Krotov

July 02, 2020

Awesome Larry, thanks for the response, I will see if I can grab those books. Great suggestions!

Larry Rhein
Larry Rhein

April 26, 2020

You should check out Dr. Jason Lisle’s “The Ultimate Proof of Creation”, Josh McDowell’s “The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict”, and Hillary Morgan Ferrer’s “Mama Bear Apologetics” as well.

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