Thoughts and ideas are often influenced by literature, and so I thought I would include a short list of five books which (outside of the Bible) have been particularly instrumental in shaping my views on faith and apologetics. I am very amenable to receiving comments or recommendations concerning further books to read, either on the subject of apologetics or just in general. Doctrinally speaking, I would say that I am pretty orthodox in my beliefs and take a high view of the Scriptures.
Five influential books on faith and apologetics:
Francis S. Collins: The Language of God. A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.
– Written by the head of the Human Genome Project, this book details the mistaken conflict between science and religion and argues that they can comfortably co-exist.
Timothy Keller: The Reason for God.
– Tim Keller addresses seven doubts that skeptics frequently raise, as well as presenting a case for the truth of Christianity. Some of the subjects he covers range from injustice and the existence of evil to the differing religions around the world.
C.S Lewis: Mere Christianity
– This is probably C.S Lewis’ most famous work on the subject of apologetics, particularly in regards to his views on the moral law and how humans cannot escape its consequences.
Francis A. Schaeffer: The Great Evangelical Disaster
– Francis Schaeffer describes how churches have adapted their beliefs in order to accommodate the current climate of opinion. He presents a case for orthodox Christianity.
Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ.
– This book attempts to answer questions regarding the reliability of the New Testament documents and what evidence exists outside of the Bible for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.