William Lane Craig’s Recommended Apologetics Books

This week’s Question and Answer on William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith website answered an email to Dr. Craig asking for his recommended reading for apologetics. Dr. Craig replied with a bibliography of helpful resources. For your convenience, here it is below. If you want more, check out the Recommended Apologetics Book Directory. Here’s Craig’s bibliography…


B = Beginner
I = Intermediate
A = Advanced

I. GENERAL

Boa, Ken and Bowman, Robert. Faith Has Its Reasons. Colorado Springs: Nav Press, 2001. (B)

Campbell-Jack, Campbell. New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 2006. (B)

Cowan, Steven. Five Views on Apologetics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. (I)

Craig, William Lane. On Guard. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2010. (B)

________. Reasonable Faith. Third ed. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008. (I)

Critical Questions Booklet Series. Atlanta: Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, 1999- ). Series of twelve booklets on crucial apologetic topics. (B)

Dulles, Avery. A History of Apologetics. London: Hutchinson, 1971. (I)

Evans, Stephen. Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 2002. (B)

Little, Paul. Know What and Why You Believe. Minneapolis: Worldwide Publications, 1980. (B)

II. OFFENSIVE (POSITIVE) APOLOGETICS

A. NATURAL THEOLOGY

Behe, Michael. The Edge of Evolution. New York: Free Press, 2007. (I)

Boa, Ken and Bowman, Robert. 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists. Tulsa: River Oak, 2002. (B)

Copan, Paul and Moser, Paul. The Rationality of Theism. London: Routledge, 2003. (A)

Craig, William Lane Craig and Moreland, J. P. The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. (A)

Craig, William Lane and Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter. God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. (I)

Garcia, Robert and King, Nathan, eds. Is Goodness without God Good Enough? Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. (A)

Strobel, Lee. The Case for a Creator. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2004. (B)

Wallace, Stan, ed. Does God Exist? Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2003. (A)

B. CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES

Craig, William Lane. The Son Rises. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2000. (B)

________. Assessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of Jesus. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen, 2002. (A)

Evans, Craig. Fabricating Jesus. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 2006 (I)

France, R. T. The Evidence for Jesus. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1986. (B)

Green, Joel, et al., eds. Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 1992. (A)

Gundry, Robert H. Mark: A Commentary on his Apology for the Cross. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1993. (A)

Guthrie, Donald. New Testament Introduction. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 1990. (I)

Hemer, Colin. The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History. Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 1990. (A)

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1998. (B)

Wright, N. T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003. (A)

III. DEFENSIVE (NEGATIVE) APOLOGETICS


A. OBJECTIONS TO THE EXISTENCE OF GOD

Craig, William Lane and Moreland, J. P. Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview. Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 2003. (I)

Murray, Michael. Nature Red in Tooth and Claw. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. (I)

________. ed. Reason for the Hope Within. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1999. (I)

Plantinga, Alvin. God, Freedom, and Evil. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1974. (A)

Strobel, Lee. The Case for Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. (B)

B. OBJECTIONS TO CHRISTIANITY

Boyd, Gregory. Cynic, Sage, or Son of God? Wheaton: Victor Books, 1995. (I)

Copan, Paul. Is God a Moral Monster? Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010. (B)

________. “True for You, But Not for Me.” Minneapolis: Bethany, 1998. (B)

________. That’s Just Your Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001. (B)

________, ed. Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. (B)

Copan, Paul and Tacelli, Ronald. Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment? Downers Grove: Inter Varsity, 2000. (B)

Craig, William Lane and Copan, Paul, eds. Contending with Christianity’s Critics. Nashville, Tenn.: Broadman and Holman, 2009. (I)

Craig, William Lane and Ehrman, Bart D. “Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus?” (B)

Craig, William Lane and Meister, Chad, eds. God Is Great, God Is Good. Downers Grove, Ill.: Inter-Varsity, 2009. (I)

Johnson, Luke. The Real Jesus. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1996. (B)

Wallace, Dan. “The Gospel according to Bart.” (B)

Wilkins, Michael and Moreland, J.P., eds. Jesus under Fire. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995. (I)

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