Online Resources in Defense of the Christian Faith

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Increasingly Christianity is portrayed as nonsensical. Many believe Christianity runs counter to logic and scientific reality. Just as early Christians defended the faith, we are compelled to do the same. Every believer should be ready to give reason for the hope that is within them (I Peter 3:15). This is particularly important given that many of our young people are receiving instruction in secular settings where faith and science are treated as being at odds with one another.  

Below is a list of resources in defense of the faith:

Apologetics Videos

When I was in college, there were just a few books on apologetics, notably "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis and "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" by Josh McDowell. However, in the last decade there has been a surge of apologetics resources, particularly on video. Below is a list of the ones that I have used in an Adult Sunday School class. If you have limited time, I would recommend the first four. If you want to preview them, I've provided some key sections to get the flavor of each presentation. For those with more time, there’s enough here to teach an apologetics class for a year.

If your meeting room has limited or no internet connection, download all Youtube videos (and some others) by using Keepvid.com. The resulting mp4 videos are always viewable with VLC (free). If you then want to edit out just a clip, use Avidemux (free, windows) to keep just a portion.

  1. Greg Koukl's Columbo tactic is often referenced by other apologists. In faith conversations with the unchurched we often find ourselves on the defensive. The Columbo tactic allows Christians to "go on the offensive in an inoffensive way", using questions to get to the heart of the matter. Greg Koukl on "Columbo." (short version 22:00 - 25:30)
  2. Jim Warner Wallace (not to be confused with Jim Wallis of Sojourners) is an expert cold-case detective who has been featured several times on Dateline NBC.  His expertise is in looking at eyewitness testimony, often decades old, and determining if it is truthful. While still an atheist, Jim was challenged to apply his techniques to the gospels, and he eventually concluded the NT was reliable, based solely on the evidence. Jim Warner Wallace on "God's Crime Scene." (short version 49:20 - 54:15)
  3. Frank Turek and Norman Geisler wrote a comprehensive book on the evidence supporting Christianity, entitled "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist". . It brings together evidence from the areas of cosmology, biology, logic, design, morality, the Bible, and more. It is an excellent resource written at a layman’s level, and should be in your church library.  However, if you are more visually oriented, here’s Frank going through the main points. Frank Turek on “I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. 2 parts; part I (short version 52:50 - 56:56), part II (short version 18:10 - 23:30)
  4. Sean McDowell is the son of author Josh McDowell. He will often pretend to be an atheist and go to church groups to see if they are ready to handle the arguments, both logically and emotionally. After his “atheist” presentation, he will debrief the group on the fallacies presented and how effective and caring their reactions were. Sean can relate to young people exceptionally well. Sean McDowell on "Atheist Challenge." (short version 5:50 - 9:25)

Other related resources:

If you want an overview of the Christian worldview, presented in a conversational manner, this is worth a look. Two men, a “skeptic” and an apologist tour London while talking about the major questions of life. The title is “With No Apology.”

Topics discussed include truth, the Bible, Jesus, other faiths, creation, and suffering.

Here’s a compilation of short answers to common apologetics questions: http://kings.church/bigobjections.php

David Instone-Brewer on "Is God a Moral Monster?" Great resource for those who think the OT portrayal of God and Israel was barbaric: http://player.premier.org.uk/media/t/1_g7q0zzzs/13105891

Gary Habermas (Dealing with Emotional Doubt): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHUdDmQxnSE&t=1602s

Greg Koukl (The Intolerance of Tolerance): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG_R9e60Wp4&t=1567s

Sean McDowell (Is there Truth?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3EVJZEX6Bw&t=1199s

Sean McDowell (If God, why evil?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eH8hJ8V4sTY&t=1411s

Sean McDowell (Cross-Examining Evolution): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7KcWrt_p4k

Frank Turek (Stealing from God): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPhm3coaPa4&t=826s

Craig Hazen (Christ in a world of religions): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdfUGv-0itM&t=263s

Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikxb09pyZwM

Dan Wallace (Did the Early Scribes Corrupt the NT?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiWKifMu6f8&t=330s

John Dickson (Why historians take the gospels seriously): http://saddleback.com/watch/media/why-historians-take-the-gospel-seriously

Hugh Ross (Cosmic reasons to believe): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY5kMfFUtuI

Other names to investigate: Andrew Wilson, John Lennox, William Lane Craig.

Finally, if you want something a little offbeat and maybe controversial, here is a look at the Shroud of Turin, with some history that you most likely have not heard about before.

Russ Breault on “Shroud Encounter” in 7 short segments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P93I7JQY2lQ

Found broken links or new resources? Let me know in the comments below!

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Its good to be well equipped with some resources. Here is a really great video that I appreciated from Tim Keller, who was invited to address Google. He was addressing the skeptical and also to promote his latest book. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uIvOniW8xA 

I also appreciate Keller's "accessible prose"... it reminds me that the goal is never to win the argument but win the heart in order to share the gospel. Much like Koukl, he speaks in an "inoffensive" manner.  He also beautifully uses the offensive approach (2 Cor 10:15) by showing the often self-refuting nature of others' belief systems. In addition to Keller, I would highly recommend (at the top of the list) anything written by John Frame, a former student of Van Til and a champion of presuppositional apologetics.   http://www.wtsbooks.com/category/318/John-Frame?view_all

One can also find on youtube some great debates between Doug Wilson and the late Christopher Hitchens.  (really good stuff!)

Also, while I'm not familiar with all of the suggested sources, I am aware of Hugh Ross and what he advocates and promotes. Since I'm unaware of the others, do any of them come from a six-day creation belief?  It may be wise to state up front, some of the beliefs of these men. Perhaps a quick sentence so as not to mislead anyone. Much more could be said regarding that issue, but suffice it to say, there is much apologetic material supporting textual evidence that is contrary to what Ross believes... and it maintains theological consistency in regards to doctrines on the nature of man (historicity of Adam), the doctrine of sin and the sufficiency of God's Word.

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