An Apologetics Primer

My church group began discussing ideas about an apologetics course this summer.  I’m wondering what kind of books to use.  Nothing too advanced.  And I don’t want this to become a “different styles of apologetics.”  Those discussions are usually as fruitful as sucking a gas pipe.  But I have found the following to be good in getting you to think about thinking.

My goal is not to “prove” anything or say x apologetic method is good.  I just want you to be good at thinking, and thinking about thinking.

Moreland, J. P. Love Your God with all Your Mind.  The place to start.  I’ve read it probably half a dozen times.  I used to buy it on the cheap and give it away.

Moreland, J.P.  Kingdom Triangle. Never quite gained the importance of his other book, but in many ways the argument is more focused.

McCall, Thomas.  An Invitation to Analytic Theology.  This will teach you how to break down an issue.

Plantinga, God, Freedom, and Evil and Knowledge and Christian Belief.  After Plantinga atheists realized they could no longer say that evil made the Christian worldview contradictory.

Clark, Kelly James.  Return to Reason. Plantinga’s lieutenant, so to speak.  Read this before you dive into Plantinga.

Clark, Kelly. ed. 101 Philosophical Terms You Need to Know.

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About J. B. Aitken

Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism, Medievalism, Substance Metaphysics
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2 Responses to An Apologetics Primer

  1. cal says:

    Unrelated to the post:
    I thought you’d appreciate and profit from this article:
    https://thesaker.is/why-orthodox-churches-are-still-used-as-pawns-in-political-games/

    Like

    • J. B. Aitken says:

      It’s been a while since I have checked the Saker. That summarizes and dovetails with my own views. Orthodox find themselves beset by powerful enemies (globalism, NATO, etc). That’s why they throw themselves at Russia (and China to a much lesser extent).

      The churchmen themselves, with the rare exception of Patriarch Alexei II, are politically incompetent (kind of like Covenanters).

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