Hello! I am actually currently trying to learn apologetics in response to Islam’s claims against Christianity. I get thrown a ton of claims by Muslims I know. Most I can dispute, but some I can’t find information on. I’d actually like to learn from an actual apologetic personally. Do you know anyone that would be willing to teach and disciple? Thank you and God bless!
First of all, Sarah, I want to commend you for your interest in learning how to defend Christianity. We need more Christians with that desire.
I can only give some general advice, so I am throwing this question open to my readers: Can you recommend some good practical resources on equipping Christians to argue against Islam?
For general apologetics training, I recommend Stand to Reason. (I link to their blog; for some reason, the main page often has trouble loading.) They have extensive training materials, and if you live in Southern California you will be able to attend their local events.
I myself learned apologetics through books, podcasts, websites and such. These exist in great profusion, so the problem for one eager to learn is how to narrow down your choices. The best single resource is probably apologetics135.com; it contains extensive links to other resources. I also recommend CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.)
To learn apologetics, it is not enough to take some courses. It must be something you immerse yourself in for years on end. Obviously, you can begin doing it right now, but to do it well takes dedication. Fortunately, as I said, good resources exist in great profusion.
The two most important points for all apologetics are the accuracy of the Bible (God-breathed and therefore completely reliable) and the identity of Jesus (not just man, but also God.) And in these two areas the Moslem view is essentially the same as the liberal view: that the Bible contains some truth mixed with error, and that Jesus was just an admirable man who remained dead after he died. (Moslems also hold that he did not die on the cross.)
Therefore a necessary (although not sufficient) requirement for dealing with Moslem anti-Christian apologetics is to be able to refute the liberal views of Jesus and the Bible. Even if you are focusing on responding to Islam, you need to have a background in general Christian apologetics.
In general, the best contra-Islam Christian apologist I know of James White. Perhaps readers can suggest others.
I wish you every blessing as you seek to honor our Lord and Savior Jesus by defending his truth!