Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions

by Kenneth Richard Samples

Ken Samples is not only an esteemed colleague, he is a great writer.  This is how Reformed Christians should do apologetics.  This is not a debate about apologetic method--for which our tradition is famous--but a thoughtful attempt to actually answer the kinds of questions non-Christians raise.  This is well done! 

by Kenneth Richard Samples

This book is another "must-read."  Ken Samples not only knows his stuff, he can communicate it. Anyone interested in apologetics will find this book very helpful. 

On the Reliability of the Old Testament

by K. A. Kitchen

Archeological evidence cannot prove Christianity to be true.  But it can show Christianity to be false.  Kitchen brilliantly documents how every time someone sticks a spade in the ground in the land of the Bible, whatever turns up seems to support the historical claims made by Christians about the events in the Old Testament.  Kitchen shows that people were where they were supposed to be, when they were supposed to be there!  This is good stuff. 

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?

by F. F. Bruce

Tired of the same old lame argument from your Coors guzzling next-door neighbor that the Bible is not reliable because it has been changed so many times.  This is a well-written and informative response to that kind of inane thinking.  Bruce makes a compelling case that the text of Holy Scripture is very reliable!

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels

by Craig L. Blomberg

Does coming up with a resolution to the synoptic probelm keep you up at night?  This one will help you get some sleep!  Despite the efforts of anti-supernatural form and redaction critics, the gospels do indeed give us a reliable picture of Jesus of Nazareth.  This is an important book.

The Canon of Scripture

by F. F. Bruce

Many people have questions about why some books made it into the Bible, when others didn't.  Bruce's treatment of the canon and the history of the church's reflection upon this matter is very useful.  A great treatment of my favorite Marcion.

Christianity and Liberalism

by J. Gresham Machen

Machen wrote this in 1923 in response to liberal Protestantism.  It reads like it was written to today's "Emergent Church" leaders.  As baseball player-philosopher Yogi Berra once put it, "the more things change, the more things stay the same."  This is must reading for Reformed Christians.

Defense of the Faith

by Cornelius Van Til

Heard about presuppositional apologetics and wondered what the heck that was?  Here you go.  Van Til is the guy who developed this approach and this is his magnum opus.

Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth

by Richard L. Pratt

A "how-to" guide to challenge unbelievers to justify their unbelief!  Imagine that . . .  Non-Christians having to give reasons why they don't believe!  For beginners your go to guide.  

Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony

by Richard Bauckham

Richard Bauckham's book is not only important, it is a compelling read.  Bauckham drives a stake through the heart of the old "form critics" by demonstrating the behind the New Testament is a slew of eyewitness testimony, not little snippets of legend and church-manufactured tradition.  Bauckham's thesis is also devastating to the Erhman/Pagels crowd, proving that the New Testament arises in the context of eyewitnesses testimony about many of the things Jesus actually said and did.  While I don't agree with Bauckham's thesis about the authorship of John (he contends that the gospel was written by John the elder, not the apostle), that does not detract from Bauckham's thesis, nor does it weaken the weight of his evidence.