Christian Apologetics Books
Nancy R Pearcey, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity
Many Christians find that their faith is compartmentalised; that they have a religious side, and a secular side. The religious side is personal, private. The secular side gets on with dealing with the world.
Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth seeks to shatter that distinction. Heavily influenced by Francis Schaeffer, Pearcey’s goal is to present a Christian world-view that will have an impact on our day-to-day lives, and the lives of those around us. Faith should not be private; it should define who we are. There should be no division between the secular and the sacred.
This is not just a book about theory; the concluding section entitled “Living it Out” sets out a practical way of integrating the Christian way of looking at the world with a Christian way of living in it.
Alister McGrath, The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World
The Church is under attack. In an increasingly secular world, the influence of Christianity is steadily being eroded. It is only a matter of time before this process is completed, before reason triumphs over faith, and atheism wins. At least, that’s what we keep hearing.
In The Twilight of Atheism, Alister McGrath challenges this view. Atheism, he argues, has had its day. He sets out to chart its growth and decline, asking of the movement, “What brought it into existence? What gave it such credibility and attractiveness for so long? And why does it seem to have lost so much of its potency in recent years? Why has it faltered?”
McGrath writes as one who long-ago abandoned the sinking ship of atheism. His history of the ideology ranges from classical Greek atheism, through Voltaire, Marx, and Freud, to Richard Dawkins and Madalyn Murray O’Hair, remaining readable and accessible throughout.
Francis J Beckwith & Gregory Koukl, Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air
Relativism is the spirit of the current age. It’s no longer enough tolerate one’s neighbours in the sense of treating them with respect; now, we are told, we must believe that their views, along with everyone else’s views, are as true as our own.
This relativist zeitgeist is both immoral and dangerous. It’s immoral because though it pays lip service to freedom it denies us all freedom of thought on the most basic level. It’s dangerous because some views are morally abhorrent and need to be condemned and opposed. Hiding behind relativism just isn’t the way to make the world a better place, and we certainly a need to make the world a better place.
This book, co-authored by Greg Koukl, a popular radio apologist and speaker who’s participated in public debates on this topic, and Frank Beckwith, a philosopher from Trinity International University, exposes relativism for what it is. The book is straightforward and readable, designed to equip normal Christians to think clearly and speak with confidence against the moral decay that surrounds us and the worldview that goes with it.