Reader Requests Help Learning Apologetics

Commenting on my article Christian Apologetics: Giving Reasons to Believe, Sarah says

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?

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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!

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17 thoughts on “Reader Requests Help Learning Apologetics

  1. Of course, I’m really restraining myself by just mentioning Muslim apologetics. If you get me started on general apologetics I will not know either where to begin or where to stop.

    • Lydia, I think a “core dump” of your list of useful resources on apologetics would be extremely valuable to lots of people. Have you anywhere posted such a list?

  2. Not really, Kristor,partly because I’m not “the main man” and partly because “the main man” who does that in our house has *too much stuff*. :-) Also, there is a tremendous amount of variation amongst people’s interests and abilities, and one usually wants to tailor make a list for those interests and abilities.

    However, there is an annotated bibliography of some great, old apologetics works here

    http://historicalapologetics.org/collection/annotated-bibliography/

    (Click on the link for a work to get a brief annotation. The texts are there are well.)

    To *begin* to explore the reliability of the gospels and Acts, I have no better suggestion than Apologetics315′s collection of my husband’s interviews and lectures here:

    http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/11/audio-resources-by-tim-mcgrew.html

    Here is my interview with atheist Luke Muelhauser that ranged over a whole lot of issues in evidentialist apologetics:

    http://commonsenseatheism.com/?p=10555

    Here is my brief post giving just a few “ammunition” suggests:

    http://www.whatswrongwiththeworld.net/2009/07/evidential_ammo_for_the_young.html

    Here is a regularly updated apologetics blog by the Christian apologetics alliance:

    http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/

    Sorry for all the links.

  3. Since I have linked to Nabeel’s testimony, I shd. add for Sarah or anyone witnessing to Muslims that Nabeel was a member of the Ahmadiyya sect in Islam. His testimony speaks for itself as to his former devotion to Allah, to the Koran, etc.; however, some Muslims will take offense if one refers without qualification to Nabeel as having converted from Islam. Their idea is that the Ahmadis are “not real Muslims” and hence his conversion story doesn’t count, or one is being deceptive in referring to him as a convert from Islam. Nabeel and others have pointed out repeatedly that the arguments and points that brought him out of Islam to Christianity are relevant to other Islamic sects as well, but I thought I should mention it so that anyone who wants to pass his story on to a Muslim can avoid such an accusation by prefacing it with something like, “Now, he was an Ahmadi, but I think what he has to say is also relevant to Muslims who are not.”

  4. Muslims use a surprisingly small number of common objections. Learning responses to these common objections will be sufficient for most encounters. Here are the most common objections Muslims raise:

    “How can God die?”
    “The Trinity doesn’t make sense.”
    “The Bible has been corrupted.”
    “Where did Jesus say, ‘I am God’?”
    “If Jesus died for your sins, doesn’t this mean that you can sin all you want?”

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