Christian Apologetics Book Endorsed by an Atheist?

I am considering small apologetics and basic theology books that I could use to help further ground young adults in their Christian faith. I ran across Erik Thoennes’, Life’s Biggest Questions, and I noticed that it is endorsed by an atheist. I think this means the book, at a minimum, makes credible arguments. I read the first three chapters online and the book seems to be written in a very readable style. However, I would like thoughts about the book from anyone else who as read the book.

Also, I need opinions on other possible texts that I could use for grounding college-aged and post-college aged church learners in the truth. Please let me know if you have suggestions (and why you make the suggestions). Post them in the comments, on my Facebook and Google+ pages, and tweet them to me. I am not looking for anything like Calvin’s Institutes or commentaries on the Westminster Confession – at least not yet.  Thank you!

5 responses to “Christian Apologetics Book Endorsed by an Atheist?

  1. Thank you for sharing Erik Thoennes book. I will definitely check it out!

    BTW I would like to suggest/recommend Timothy Keller ‘The Reason For God’, NT Wright’s Simply Christian and More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell.

    I also know heaps book titles, perhaps you can check out . Tons of books are listed there! :)

  2. I would recommend N.T. Wright’s “After You Believe” and J.D. Greear’s “Gospel”. I read the first a few years back as part of my own discipleship and it made for a great discussion starter. The second I read this past summer and recommended to my small group recently. Neither have discussion questions “built in” but evokes response from the reader by their nature.

  3. Lee Strobel – The Case for Christ. Cross examines 12 experts with doctorates from exceptional universities most who are recognized authorities in apologetics. The Case for Christ comes with a number of endorsements from high-profile Evangelicals:
    •Bruce Metzger, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary;
    •Phillip Johnson, Law Professor, University of California at Berkeley;
    •Ravi Zacharias, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries;
    •D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries;
    •J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbott School of Theology, Biola University; and
    •Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College.
    Strobel interviews a number of high-caliber Evangelical apologists, many of whom are worthy of consideration in and of themselves.Thus The Case for Christ constitutes an anthology of Evangelical scholarship.
    For these two reasons, I think The Case for Christ deserves critical consideration in your search.
    The book has three main parts.
    Part 1: “Examining the Record”
    In the first part of The Case for Christ, Strobel defends the historical reliability of the New Testament. He considers five lines of evidence:
    (a) Eyewitness Evidence:
    (b) Documentary Evidence
    (c) Corroborating Evidence
    (d) Scientific Evidence
    (e) Rebuttal Evidence

    Part II: “Analyzing Jesus”
    Strobel prevents anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God. Lewis’s argument was that if we believe Jesus said the things the New Testament attributes to Him, then we must believe that Jesus claimed to be God. And if we believe that claim is false, then it makes no sense to maintain that Jesus was “a great moral teacher.” He was either insane or a compulsive liar.
    (a) Identity Evidence: What reason is there to believe that Jesus really did claim to be God? references to several passages from the New Testament in which Jesus allegedly claimed or implied that he was God.
    The claim, “Jesus was a great moral teacher,” must be evaluated in light of Jesus’ behavior and Jesus’ moral teachings. If Jesus claimed to be God but was lying, then why would He die on a cross for a lie?
    Psychological Evidence: “Was Jesus crazy when he claimed to be God?” Despite the fact that no contemporary critic of Christianity claims that Jesus was crazy,
    (c) Profile Evidence The eternal Son has always acted in line with his Father’s commandments
    (d) Fingerprint Evidence: Strobel’s final line of evidence for the Incarnation is the familiar argument from prophecy; his interview subject was Louis Lapides. Lapides argues that Jesus (as Messiah) was actually predicted by the Old Testament prophets.
    Part III: “Researching the Resurrection”
    The third part defends the Resurrection.
    (a) Medical Evidence: The evidence for the historicity of the Crucifixion makes it more likely than not that Jesus really was crucified by the Romans. uncertainties do not undermine the historicity of the Crucifixion itself.
    (b) Evidence of the Missing Body: Strobel questioned theologian William Lane Craig. “In preparing for my interview with Craig,”
    (c) The Evidence of Appearances: By itself, an empty tomb does not entail that a dead body came back to life. Therefore, in order to show that Jesus’ corpse was revivified, Strobel shows that Jesus was alive again after his death.
    (d) Circumstantial Evidence: “Circumstantial evidence is made up of indirect facts from which inferences can be drawn. In his final interview, Strobel asked Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland to provide “five pieces of circumstantial evidence” that convince him of the Resurrection. Moreland provided six: (i) the disciples died for their beliefs; (ii) the conversion of skeptics; (iii) changes to key social structures; (iv) communion and baptism; (v) the emergence of the church; and (vi) the religious experience of Christians.
    Concluding Thoughts
    Case for Christ is a creative, well-written contribution to Christian apologetics. Moreover, Strobel is to be commended for summarizing the work of so many leading apologists for Evangelical Christianity in such a compact and easy-to-read format.

    Other highly suggested studies are:
    Josh McDowell – Right from Wrong
    Tommy Tenney – The God Chasers
    J.I. Packer – Knowing God
    ANYTHING by Francis Chan

  4. I mentioned “Reason For God” which is of course excellent because it’s Keller. I would also say “GOSPEL” by JD Greear. Two of my college bible study girls devoured it this summer! He is one of my preaching heroes, so I recommend him WHENEVER and to WHOMEVER I can! :) “Doctrine” by Driscoll is excellent too. It’s an easy read. “The Explicit Gospel” by Chandler is surely a good read, although I have yet to read it. One of the girls from my bible study had my copy all summer too.
    I’ll keep thinking!!

  5. Eric, Here’s a blog I posted earlier this year with 100+ books on apologetics, divided into different categories:

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