Friday, November 6, 2015

MASTER LIST OF APOLOGETIC RESOURCES

To find the resources you are looking for, read the list of "CONTENTS" below, then scroll down the page and find the corresponding number from the outline....

CONTENTS of this MASTER LIST
1. ONLINE GROUPS: My #1 recommendation.
2. FREE!!! BOOKS, JOURNALS & ONLINE CLASSES
3. NEED FOR APOLOGETICS
4. GETTING APOLOGETICS INTO YOUR CHURCH
5. APOLOGETICS FOR PARENTS
6. BIBLE STUDY 
7. CLASSES
8. LOCAL GROUPS, EVENTS & SPEAKERS
9. AUDIO RESOURCES
10. BLOGS
11. DEDICATED SEARCH ENGINES
12. BIBLICAL BACKGROUND & EARLY CHURCH HISTORY
13. UNIQUE RESOURCES
    A. MISC.
    B. Free Images & PowerPoint Slides for Blogs, Presentations, Handouts, etc.
    C. Scholarly Societies
14. RECOMMENDED READING GUIDES for Apologetics
    A. For Someone New to Apologetics
    B. For Non-Christians
    C. Top General Guides
    D. More Bibliographies
15. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SPECIFIC AREAS OF APOLOGETICS
    A. THEISTIC ARGUMENTS (Evidence of God's Existence)
    B. THE BIBLE
         i. General
         ii. Reliability and Historicity of the Bible
         iii. Old Testament
         iv. New Testament
    C. JESUS
    D. OBJECTIONS
    E. CHURCH HISTORY & HISTORICAL APOLOGETICS
    F. FALSE TEACHING: World Religions & Cults
    G. APOLOGETICS METHODOLOGY: How To




1. ONLINE GROUPS
*An Unsurpassed ResourceMy #1 recommendation.


2. FREE!!! BOOKS, JOURNALS & ONLINE CLASSES
*1000s of FREE! ebooks, audiobooks & Journals for Apologetics & Bible Study...& millions for general reading!
*Tons of FREE! Online Classes & Lectures for Studying the Bible and Apologetics


3. NEED FOR APOLOGETICS

*Do We Really Need to Teach Apologetics in the Church? An article and list of resources
*Conversion Stories: People Who Came to Christ Through Apologetics
*"The Tragedy of the Dumb Church"
*"The Heart of Apologetics" by Alister McGrath
*"Apologetics: Why Your Church Needs It" by John M. Njoroge
*"The Apologetics of Jesus" by Patrick Zukeran
*121 QUOTES ON WHY WE NEED APOLOGETICS

*Apologetics Methodology: How to


4. GETTING APOLOGETICS INTO YOUR CHURCH

*Do We Really Need to Teach Apologetics in the Church?
*How to Get Apologetics in Your Church:
Podcast and FREE ebook.
*Where to Find PowerPoints for Apologetics Presentations
*Conversion Stories: People Who Came to Christ Through Apologetics
*Getting Started in Apologetics
*What Apologetics Book Should You Read First?
*Building a Bible & Apologetics Reference Library
*Resources for Women in Apologetics
*Apologetics Films Worth Watching

*True Way Tracts has full-color pamphlets and tracts briefly summarizing apologetics issues. You might try one of their Apologetics Combo Packs: 10 different full-color pamphlets discussing 10 different apologetics issues.
*See #3. NEED FOR APOLOGETICS (above)



5. APOLOGETICS FOR PARENTS

**Cold-Case Christianity for Kids Website & Resources by famous detective and apologist J. Warner Wallace
*50 Recommended Apologetic Resources for Christian Parents by Natasha Crain
*Apologetics Resources for Family/Youth by Eric Chabot
*Apologetics for Parents Facebook Group
*Picture Book Apologetics
*Resources for Women in Apologetics
*Apologetics Films Worth Watching
*Teaching Wisdom to Our Children by Mark McGee. FREE ebook.


6. BIBLE STUDY

*FREE Bible Commentaries
*Resources for Reading the Bible
*A Resource for Finding a Great Bible CommentaryMy first stop when deciding on a commentary.
*Contradictions in the Bible?....Interpreting Scripture
*Building a Bible & Apologetics Reference Library
*An excellent New Testament Bibliography by William Harmless
*An extensive bibliography (with links and many FREE pdf files)
*"Retrospective Bibliographies" by John Kloppenborg. Bibliographies for a large number of topics in New Testament studies, especially focused on the Gospels. (Seems to be focused on skeptical works but does include some biographies from more conservative scholars.)
*The New Testament GatewayMaintained by Dr. Mark Goodacre. A large directory of academic internet resources, though sadly lacking in some of the best evangelical scholarship.


7. CLASSES

*Dozens of FREE! Online Classes for Studying the Bible and Apologetics
*The Academy at Apologetics.com
*Institute of Biblical Defense Certificate Program (Dr. Phil Fernandes). Includes a high school education program, also.
*Apologetics Certificate Programs
*An Extensive List of Distance Learning Programs
*Institute for Christian Apologetics (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)
*An excellent article and list of distance learning options by my friend Chad Miller:
  Part 1 Part 2


8. LOCAL GROUPS, EVENTS & SPEAKERS

*Opportunities to meet in person, ask questions and be encouraged.
*Speakers affiliated with The Christian Apologetics Alliance who are available for your local group or event.
*A list of nearly 300 "Approved Speakers" at Ratio Christi


9. AUDIO RESOURCES

*Avalanche of Audio for Apologetics & Bible Study
*Tons of FREE! Online Classes & Lectures for Studying the Bible and Apologetics


10. BLOGS

*Christian Apologetics Blog Directory at Apologetics315
*Another extensive list of excellent apologetics blogs


11. DEDICATED SEARCH ENGINES

*CASE (Christian Apologetics Search Engine): A custom Google search engine that searches select apologetics sites.
*Customized Search Engine for Theology Articles: "A Google-powered search within 350 electronic theology journals and magazines."*"Encyclopedia of Christianity": Search all of the Dictionaries and Encyclopedias at Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL).
*Open Access Archaeology: A search engine for searching open access archaeology journals.
*Directory of Open Access JournalsSearch hundreds of journals.
*University of Pennsylvania: more than 2 million books! A dedicated search engine for searching for public domain books on the internet or browsing by category.
*Google Scholar: Google's search engine for searching scholarly resources.
*Just Free Books"searches the content of more than 700 web sites, including gutenberg.org, wikibooks.org and archive.org ."


12. BIBLICAL BACKGROUND & EARLY CHURCH HISTORY RESOURCES

*Historical Geography of Israel: A free online course by Dr. Perry Phillips at Biblical eLearning.
*Get Lost in Jerusalem: An interactive resource by Ted and Zach Hildebrandt at Biblical eLearning.
*Apocrypha: Witness Between the Testaments: A free online course by Dr. David deSilva at Biblical eLearning.
*The Cultural World of the New Testament: A free online course by Dr. David deSilva at Biblical eLearning.
*Who Are The Apostolic Fathers?
*The So-Called Lost Gospels (Gnostic Writings)
*Works of Dead Apologists: Apologists of the last 2000 years
*Early Christian Writings: Translations and introductions for a nearly comprehensive collection of the writings of the early church from the time of the New Testament until 380AD. CAUTION: This site is very antagonistic towards the Christian faith, but it does have a ton of well organized resources and I use it quite regularly.
*Early Jewish Writings: This site is still partly under construction but is connected to "Early Christian Writings" (above). It hosts translations and introductions for the Old Testament, Deuteroncanonical books, Pseudepigrapha, Philo, Josephus and the Talmud, and will soon have the Dead Sea Scrolls. CAUTION: This site is very antagonistic towards the Christian faith, but it does have a ton of well organized resources.
*The Jewish History Resource Center: a massive, well-organized and easy-to-navigate website covering resources for every aspect of Jewish history from ancient times to the present.
*Perseus Collection: Greek and Roman Materials: Primary sources for the ancient Greco-Roman world.
*Online Resources from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. An amazing array of FREE resources including a digital library, 3000 free images, online coins of the Roman world, images for 50,000 papyri, an open-source map-making program and more!
*"Classical Antiquity Bookshelf": An extensive list of FREE ancient texts topically arranged at Project Gutenberg.
*"Mythology Bookshelf"An extensive list of FREE books on mythology topically arranged at Project Gutenberg.
*Harvards' Center for Hellenic Studies' online publications.


13. UNIQUE RESOURCES

A. MISC.
*Belief Map by Blake Giunta....A very unique and easy way to navigate the maze of some of the most important areas of apologetics. Highly recommended. Check out the 3-minute video tutorial.
*God Scholar
*"100 Christian Apologists" at Apologetics315
*A Basic Logic Primer at Apologetics315
*Did Abe Lincoln really exist? A Facebook page for alincolnists. ;)
*Resources for Women in Apologetics
*Apologetics Films Worth Watching
*"Top Phone Apps for Deeper Bible Study and Apologetics"

B. RESOURCES FOR POWERPOINTS & HANDOUTS:
*Free Images for Blogs, Presentations, Handouts, Literature, etc.: A resource list with acces to hundreds of thousands of images of all kinds
*PowerPoint Resources for Apologetics Presentations

C. SCHOLARLY SOCIETIES:
*Database of the Scholarly Societies Project: Philosophy
*Database of the Scholarly Societies Project: Religious Studies
*Database of the Scholarly Societies Project: Classical Studies
*Database of the Scholarly Societies Project: Area Studies & Time-Period Studies
*Database of the Scholarly Societies Project: Archaeology
*Dozens of other categories at the Scholarly Societies Project

14. RECOMMENDED READING GUIDES for Apologetics

These are general reading lists though many are broken down into categories. Scroll down the page to find "Recommendations for Specific Areas of Apologetics."

A. For Someone New to Apologetics

*Getting Started in Apologetics
*What Apologetics Books Should I Read First? So many great choices....and this guide will help you to find the one that fits you.
*Nine Books for a New Apologist: an excellent list with brief descriptions by my friend Carson Weitnauer
*Introductory Recommended Reading at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)....plus suggestions for "Further Reading in Apologetics"
*An Apologetics Reading Plan for Beginners at Apolgetics315
*Building a Bible & Apologetics Reference Library


B. For Non-Christians
*What are the Top Books to Give to a Non-Christian? by Sean McDowell
*Five Books for Skeptics and Seekers by my friend Carson Weitnauer


C. Top General Guides
*F
or specific areas of apologetics, see #15 below.
*SOURCES FOR BOOK REVIEWS
*Top 10 *FREE* Classic, Must-Read Apologetics Books in Ebook and Audio
*10 MORE GREAT APOLOGETICS BOOKS THAT ARE FREE! 
*Timothy McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics"Excellent recommendations for anyone who is serious about mastering apologetics. There are many books on this list from the 18th and 19th Centuries.
*An Extensive Apologetic Book Directory organized topically and noting the most recommended. Many are also linked to a book review (at Apologetics315)
*Annotated Bibliography in Apologetics, Religious Pluralism, and New Religious Movements by Douglas Groothuis
*An Extensive Bibliography (with links and FREE pdf files) hosted by TheologicalStudies.org.uk. The site also has separate pages for Classical, Evidential, and Presuppositional Apologetics.
*Lenny Esposito's "Top Ten Neglected Books for Apologists"
*God Scholar (a great resource being developed by my friend Arthur Khachatryan) has book recommendations nicely organized by topic, with short reviews and links to Amazon.
*"Juridical Apologists 1600-2000 AD: A Bio-Bibliographical Essay" by Philip Johnson
*Josh McDowell Institute's Recommended Resources
*William Lane Craig's Recommended Reading List
*John Warwick Montgomery's Recommended Reading List
*Ravi Zacharias International Ministries' (RZIM) Topical Bibliography
*Reading Suggestions (by Topic) from my friend Eric Chabot
*An extensive and very nicely categorized bibliography at Last Seminary. Last Seminary also hosts a huge library of scholarly articles organized by topic that can be downloaded for FREE.
*Chuck Colson's Recommended Reading List


D. More Bibliographies

*Craig Parton's Annotated Bibliography of Apologetical and Theological Literature and Film
*Annotated Bibliography of Apologetics (27 pages of mini book reviews)
*Bibliography at RZIM
*Credo House Founder/President, C. Michael Patton shares his Top 15
*David Haine's List of Recommended Books
*"Top 10 Apologetics Books" by Reasonable Theology
*"My Top 5 Books on Apologetics" by J.P. Moreland
*Apologetics Bibliography by Brad Johnson


15. RESOURCES FOR STUDYING SPECIFIC AREAS OF APOLOGETICS 

These are recommended videos, audio, articles, books, and online courses (most of them are by top experts for the area listed)...and many are FREE! I have organized them into three categories: Introductory (brief and easy to understand), Intermediate (going deeper), and Advanced (more difficult, scholarly and often requiring a knowledge of Biblical languages or other background knowledge).  And I have included notes and links to make it easier to find the resources you are looking for.

A. Theistic Arguments (Evidence of God's Existence)

*The Cumulative Case for Christianity
*The Argument from Beauty
*The Cosmological Argument
*Fine Tuning of the Universe
*Origin of Life
*DNA as Evidence for God
*Miracles
*The Moral Argument
*NDEs: Near Death Experiences as Evidence
*Christian CADRE hosts an excellent page of resources on philosophy: a list of Christian philosophers' websites and a link to dozens more, websites for Christian philosophy, and for philosophy in general.
*Last Seminary hosts hundreds of articles on theistic arguments that are nicely organized by topic and can be download for FREE--with brief abstracts for each.


B. The Bible

i. General
*FREE online "Answer Bible" at God Scholar.
*A Brief History & Annotated Bibliography of Works on the Inerrancy of the Bible since the 19th Century
*FREE Bible Commentaries
*See above: "6. BIBLE STUDY" and "12. BIBLICAL BACKGROUND & EARLY CHURCH HISTORY RESOURCES."

ii. Reliability and Historicity of the Bible
*The Reliability of the Bible
*Undesigned Coincidences as Evidence for the Historicity of the Bible
*Contradictions in the Bible?....Interpreting Scripture
*Is the Bible Reliable? by John Piper: a FREE 13 page booklet
*Exegetical Fallacies: Common Mistakes Every Student of the Bible Must Avoid by William D. Barrick (an 11 page ebook) FREE!
*See above: "6. BIBLE STUDY" and "12. BIBLICAL BACKGROUND & EARLY CHURCH HISTORY RESOURCES."

iii. Old Testament
*Historical Reliability of the Old Testament
*Archaeological Confirmation of the Old Testament


iv. New Testament

*The Historical Reliability of the New Testament
*Archaeological Confirmation of the New Testament
*An excellent New Testament Bibliography by William Harmless
*The New Testament Gateway: Maintained by Dr. Mark Goodacre. A large directory of academic internet resources, though sadly lacking in some of the best evangelical scholarship.
*Also see "C. Jesus" below.


C. Jesus
*The Deity of Jesus
*Jesus' Resurrection
*Jesus' Historicity and the historicity of the Gospels
*Messianic Prophecy
*Jesus' Uniqueness: How Jesus is unique from every other religious leader in history
*Pagan Parallels to Jesus?: Is Jesus really just a myth based on older pagan myths?
*The So-Called Synoptic ProblemA brief but helpful bibliography with a link to a more detailed bibliography.
*So-Called Lost Gospels (Gnostic Writings)
*Jesus' Legacy: aka, "Wisdom's Children": How the teaching of Jesus, his Gospel, and his Church have transformed the world (The article is entitled "Christianity and the Ending of the Roman Games, but see the bibliography at the end of the article.)
*An Extensive Bibliography with links (and many FREE pdf files)
*Also See "B. Bible"/"iv. New Tesament" above.

D. Objections

*The Problem of Evil....or Theodicy: If God exists, why is there so much evil in the world?
*Contradictions in the Bible?....Interpreting Scripture

E. Church History & Historical Apologetics

*The Apostolic FathersThe disciples of the apostles.
*Works of Dead Apologists: Resources for studying the apologists of the past 2000 years.
*"100 Christian Apologists" at Apologetics315
*Early Church History website
*Medieval Church History website
*Reformation Church History website

F. False Teaching: World Religions & Cults

*Christmas: Apologetic resources related to Christmas.
*WorldviewsWhat is the difference between theism, deism, atheism and pantheism?
*Cults, World Religions & False Teachers

G. Apologetics Methodology: How To



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