Suggested Reading List

Book StackListed below are some of our favorite, most powerful, most popular resources on our apologetics website. For those of you who are visiting us for the first time--confronted with a long list of articles, you might wonder, "Where do I start? Which of these are the best?"

Let me suggest the following, for starters. It is obviously not "exhaustive" list of our best, just our suggested sampler.

By Phillip Johnson:

  • "Nihilism and the End of Law"--perhaps his most powerful piece ever written; it slices to the core of our current ethical crisis: the loss of moral absolutes. Johnson will introduce you to a late professor of law at Yale, Arthur Leff, whose brilliant analysis of the "Grand Sez Who" problem is unforgettable.
  • "The Trinity Lectures"--three talks, all of them cogent and high-octane, are penetrating analyses of Darwinism, especially as it has been "integrated" with theistic belief. These lectures were presented at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School when Johnson was honored as the "Founders Series" lecturer.
  • "Campion Center Summary"--a fascinating summation of Johnson's critique of evolution, helpfully arranged in a numbered-paragraph format. This is the document that was discussed in a private meeting of scholars which culminated in a stirring debate between Johnson and Gould.

By J.P. Moreland:

  • The Historicity of the New Testament - One of the central claims of Christianity is that Jesus of Nazareth was the incarnate Son of God who died on the cross to atone for the sins of humanity and rose bodily from the dead. Our acceptance of these claims depends on whether or not the New Testament documents are reliable historical sources about Jesus. It is the purpose of this chapter to argue that it is reasonable to accept the substantial historicity of the New Testament.

By Bill Tsamis

  • His paper on Pascal is brief but brilliant; a marvelous, penetrating summary of his importance to contemporary apologetics.

By James Sire:

  • The Universe Next Door: We are proud to offer chapters from Sire's classic on worldviews. These chapters are priceless in their description and critique of two key skeptical worldviews.

By Tom Woodward:

  • Meeting Darwin's Wager: The story on Michael Behe and his controversial "Darwin's Black Box," tells the story behind the book. It captures the tale of Behe's own evolution from a believer in evolution to a feisty skeptic of Darwin.