Apologetics is the discipline of providing reasonable arguments for the truth claims of Christianity. It comes from the Greek word apologia which means to give a defense. First Peter 3:15 admonishes, “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.”
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I’ve devoted it to apologetics. After all, I’ve titled the blog “Jesus is Not Fake News” because I’m persuaded Jesus is true contrary to skeptics’ objections.
I started this blog in March which means I’m fairly new at this. By the grace of God, I’ve been able to post weekly articles providing both evidence for the truthfulness of Christianity and answers to the skeptic’s objections. If you’ve benefited at all from my writing, I can’t take much credit. I can’t because I stand on the shoulders of apologetics giants.
Chances are, if I’ve written anything helpful, it’s because I’ve gleaned that content from other more accomplished apologists. Fortunately, many of those apologists have blogs of their own where they frequently produce content which you can check out for yourself. So, in the remaining space, I’d like to highlight five different blogs that I think all of you should follow. I read their content regularly, and you should too.
Michael Kruger is president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC and is an expert on early Christianity. Kruger is also an authority on New Testament canonical issues (why we have the books we do in the Bible). I’ve profited greatly from his books Canon Revisited and the Question of the Canon. From a historical apologetics perspective, Dr. Kruger is one of the best. In addition to reading his blog content, you can check out some of his lectures on the canon here.
Sean McDowell is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University as well as a frequent speaker at apologetics conferences around the country. Sean has written several books including Evidence that Demands a Verdict which he co-authored with his father Josh. Recently, I had the privilege of writing a book review for a book he co-edited on Mormonism. Not only does Sean regularly write blog posts on apologetics related issues, he posts short videos answering difficult questions people have about Christianity. Here is a sample.
Frank Turek is president of Cross Examined Ministries as well as a frequent speaker on college campuses. Recently, we had the privilege of hosting Frank at a local college event near our church. Frank has co-authored one of my favorite books I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist and more recently Stealing from God. The Cross-Examined blog contains a lot of really good content that Frank or other apologists write. Here is one of my favorites posts where he responds to the claim that the universe came from nothing. Additionally, Frank has debated big name atheists here and here, and frequently posts short videos on him responding to people’s objections to Christianity.
J. Warner Wallace is a cold case detective by day and a Christian apologist by night who makes the occasional appearance on Dateline. Wallace’s unique skill set allows him to look at Christianity from a detective’s perspective. He’s authored a few books including Cold Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. Both of these are excellent. Additionally, Jim produces a ton of content on his blog. To be honest, I don’t know how he finds the time to write as much as he does, but all of it is really good. Here’s one sample article he wrote on why the disciples didn’t make up the story about Jesus’ resurrection.
Nobody shares more apologetics content than the Poached Egg. I love this blog because he shares blog posts by less known apologists and gets those posts before a broader audience. I find myself reading at least one blog post on the Poached Egg every day by someone I’ve never heard of. This is the value the Poached Egg brings to the table. Here’s one sample on ancient biblical manuscripts by someone I’ve never heard of, but it’s a really helpful post.
Click on each of the links above and check out their websites. Bookmark them or subscribe to get updates. Additionally I’d encourage you to like their Facebook pages and follow them on Twitter.
We live in an era where people are becoming increasingly skeptical and hostile toward Christianity. It’s imperative that we’re equipped to defend the faith and give reasonable explanations for why we believe what we believe. And following all of these blogs will help you do just that.