“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)

When we talk to unbelievers about Jesus, there are going to be times when people disagree. They will have reasons to believe something other than the truth.

Apologetics involves learning how to convince them to change their minds.

Introduction To Apologetics

There are two parts to doing the work of an Apologist.

The first part of working as on Apologist is to become familar with the reasons the Church believes the Bible is collection of divinely inspired eye witness testimony regarding God’s deeds in the past, the most important one being the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The best known work in this area is done by a man named Josh McDowell.

When Josh McDowell was in college, he had a reputation for being one of the happiest people around, but in his heart he was broken and he knew it. One day he met a group of people who seemed to have something he was missing, and when he asked them about it, they told him it was because of Jesus Christ.

When Josh rejected their explanation in favor of atheism, they challenged him to examine the evidence for the Bible’s accuracy as a professional historian, and Josh wrote about what he learned, and the name of his book is “Evidence That Demands a Verdict.”

Here is a picture of the latest version of the book to be published.

Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World  -     By: Josh McDowell, Sean McDowell

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The second task involved in working as an Apologist involves learning how to talk to other people. We have to speak to people in a way that convinces them to take what the Bible says seriously. The best example of how to do this part is shown in the video below by Greg Koukl.

“The Question That Stops Christians In Their Tracks”

Greg Koukl wrote a book about how to do what he describes in this video. I have the name and a picture of the book he wrote to explain how we can do this below:

Tactics:

A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, 10th Anniversary Edition  -     By: Gregory Koukl

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Introduction To World Religions

There are some books and videos I found that can help you understand different world religions. These books and videos are about Christians who came from or were personally involved in the lives of non-Christian people. These were chosen because they explain the intellectual and emotional objections people encountered when people reached out to them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Atheism (book)

The Faith of Christopher Hitchens: The Restless Soul of the World's Most Notorious Atheist  -     By: Larry Alex Taunton

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Buddhism (book)

Leaving Buddha: A Tibetan Monk's Encounter with the Living God  -     By: Tenzin Lahkpa, Eugen Bach

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Freemasonry (video)

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Hinduism (video)

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Islam (book)

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus  -     By: Nabeel Qureshi

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Judaism (video)

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Mormonism (book)

Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church  -     By: Lynn K. Wilder

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New Age and The Occult (video)