Testimonies and Links
Here is a website that we have found to be extraordinarily helpful with questions about the Bible. The first link is to the home page of this site, which answers some 1700 questions:
Here are articles from people who came to Christ by examining the evidence:
Sarah Salviander (research scientist and former atheist)
Additional websites we have found to be very helpful:
Bibliography for this Tough Questions and Some Answers section of our website:
Bierle, Dr. Don, Surprised by Faith; A Scientist Shares His Personal, Life-Changing Discoveries About God, The Bible, And Personal Fulfillment, Emerald Books, P.O. Box 635, Lynnwood, WA 98046, 1992. Available from H.I.S. Ministries, 7801 Park Drive, Suite C, Chanhassen, MN 55317. Phone (612) 474-2353. This 110-page paperback can be read in one sitting. Readable, well-researched.
Boa, Kenneth & Moody, Larry, I'm Glad You Asked, Victor Books, P.O. Box 1825, Wheaton, IL 60189, 1982. Written for Christians to help them explain the basis for their faith, this is a well-presented book. We credit this book as an important source for this essay.
Bradley, Walter L., "More Than Just Theory: Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God," Christian Leadership Ministries, 330 N. Range Line Road, Carmel IN 46032, 1989. Phone (317) 844-9004. A fascinating video by a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M.
Colson, Charles W. with Vaughn, Ellen Santilli, "Why I Believe In Christ," InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515, 1990. Available from Prison Fellowship, P.O. Box 17500, Washington, DC 20041-0500. Phone (703) 478-0100. This is a very short pamphlet, but filled with many intellectual arguments for God and Christianity. Also recommended is "Breakpoint" magazine. This publication consists of reprints of Colson's daily radio broadcasts. The pamphlet "Reasons for Faith" is from this source and is also recommended.
Craig, William Lane. Reasonable Faith, Crossway Books, 2008. Craig is the most philosophically gifted apologist of our time. He is known for destroying atheists in debates on college campuses. Note: This book is too deep for all but the most philosophically inclined.
D'Souza, Dinesh, What's So Great About Christianity?. Regnery Publishing, 2007. This book confronts head-on the vocal atheists of our day such as Hitchens, Dawkins, Harris, and Weinstein. D'Souza leaves these skeptics whimpering in the dust of intellectual honesty.
Geisler, Norman L. and Hoffman, Paul K. (editors), Why I Am a Christian: Leading Thinkers Explain Why They Believe, Baker Books, 2001. This is a series of inspiring essays from bright scholars proving that you don't have to leave your brains at the church door to be a Chrisitan. Very readable.
Geisler, Norman L. and Turek, Frank, I Don't Have Enough FAITH to be an ATHEIST. Crossway Books, Wheaton, Illinois, 2004. Who says there isn't enough evidence for God? This 400 page book lays it out. We gave this book to a Buddhist/Atheist who refused to read beyond the first chapter because interfered so much with his worldview.
Halverson, Dean C., general editor, The Compact Guide to World Religions, Bethany House Publishers, 11300 Hampshire Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55438, 1996. This book will help you answer whether Christianity is the only way to God.
Keller, Timothy, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Dutton, 2008. This is a great book for the upwardly mobile person who likes to think things through. It appeals to one's heart as well as his mind. It has become our favorite book to give to people. Here is a trailer for the book: Reason.
Kennedy, D. James, Why I Believe, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1980. Available from Coral Ridge Ministries, P.O. Box 40, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33302-0040. Phone (800) 229-9673. Why should one believe in God, in the Bible, in creation, in Christ? This quickly-read book gives authoritative answers to numerous faith questions in easy-to-grasp language. Kennedy is one of the most learned theologians to help any seeker explore the facts of the historic Christian faith.
Knechtle, Cliffe, Give Me An Answer That Satisfies My Heart & My Mind, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515. Cliffe gives answers to 41 most asked questions. See his web site Answer.
Lewis, C. S., Mere Christianity, Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, 100K Brown Street, Riverside, NJ 08370. While some theologians disagree with aspects of his theology, Lewis' book may be especially helpful to the atheist. He discusses how he intellectually worked through his atheism leading him to give it up. Charles Colson attributes this book to overcoming his intellectual objections to Christianity.
Little, Paul, Know Why You Believe, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, 1988. Also Little's companion book, Know What You Believe, Victor Books, P.O. Box 1825, Wheaton, IL 60189, 1987. Recommended by the well-respected Christian Research Institute as classic answerbooks on the Christian faith, these books would be excellent choices to start your understanding of the faith.
McDowell, Josh, Evidence That Demands A Verdict, Volumes I and II, Historical Evidences for the Christian Faith, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Here's Life Publishers, P.O. Box 1576, San Bernadino, CA 92402, 1979, 1993. If you're under the impression that Christianity has no basis in rational evidence then get these books. Very detailed reference works. Not as easy reading as the other books on this list, but are considered classics of Christian apologetics.
Montgomery, John Warwick, editor, Evidence for Faith, Deciding the God Question, Probe Books, distributed by Word Publishing, Dallas, TX, 1991. A scholarly book of essays, with emphasis on the scientific and philosophical aspects of the Christian faith.
Morris, Henry M., annotations in The Defenders Study Bible, King James Version, World Publishing, Inc., 1995. Available from the Institute for Creation Research (619-448-0900). This study Bible contains a wealth of information. Every student of Christianity will benefit from this work.
Sire, James W., The Universe Next Door, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, 1988. Discusses such worldviews as nihilism, existentialism, pantheism, new age, deism, and how they intellectually pale to Christian theism. A must reading for all college students.
Sproul, R. C., Reason to Believe, Zondervan Publishing House, 1978. Also, Sproul's video series "Objections Answered" and "Defending Your Faith" available from Ligonier Ministries, P. O. Box 547500, Orlando, FL 32854. Phone (800) 435-4343. Sproul is considered one of the top teachers of theology of our time. His powerful book is perhaps our favorite on this list. You will not be the same after reading this 159 page paperback.
Strobel, Lee, The Case for Christ, Zondervan Publishing House, 1998. This scholarly work reads like a novel. This is an exciting book.
Stott, John R. W., Basic Christianity, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL 60515, 1971. What does it really mean to be a Christian? Stott's short paperback walks one through the Christian faith.
Zacharias, Ravi, book Can Man Live Without God, Word Publishing, 1994, and audio set "A Collegiate Open Forum with Ravi Zacharias." Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, 4725 Peachtree Corners Circle, Suite 250, Norcross, GA 30092. Phone (800) 448-6766. Very philosophical, these resources are alive with ideas. If you are a thinker, here is the place to start.