Recommended Books

These are books that I have found especially helpful over the last few years of reading and studying. Please feel free to leave a comment with other books and sections I should include recommended books for.


General Apologetics

Cold Case Christianity – J. Warner Wallace
Is God a Human Invention? Jonathan Morrow & Sean McDowell
Letters from a Skeptic – Gregory Boyd
The Reason for God – Timothy Keller
True for you but not true for me – Paul Copan
Mere Apologetics – Alister McGrath
Confident Christianity – Chris Sinkinson
On Guard – William Lane Craig
Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment – James E. Taylor
A Shot of Faith to the Head – Mitch Stokes
Faith and Reason – Ronald Nash
Christianity on Trial – Vincent Carroll & David Shiflett
Grand Central Questions – Abdu H. Murray
Without a Doubt – Kenneth Samples
Scaling the Secular City – J. P. Moreland
Always Ready – Greg L. Bahnsen
Christian Apologetics – Doug Groothuis

Introduction to Philosophy

The Love of Wisdom: A Christian Introduction to Philosophy – James Spiegel
Longing to Know: The Philosophy of Knowledge for Normal People – Esther Meek
A Faithful Guide to Philosophy: A Christian Introduction to the Love of Wisdom – Peter S. Williams
Doing Philosophy as a Christian – Garrett DeWeese
Life’s Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy – Ronald Nash
Thinking about God: First Steps in Philosophy – Gregory Ganssle


Saving Leonardo: A Call to Resist the Secular Assault on Mind, Morals and Meaning – Nancy Pearcey
Christ and Culture Revisited – D.A. Carson
Idolatry – Moshe Halbertal
A Brief History of Thought: A Philosophical Guide to Living – Luc Ferry
Letters to a Young Progressive – Mike Adams
Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals – John Gray
The Intolerance of Tolerance – D.A. Carson
John Gray – The Silence of Animals
A Brief History of Thought – Luc Ferry


Fabricating Jesus – Craig A. Evans
Reinventing Jesus – Komoszewski, Sawyer & Wallace
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes – Kenneth E. Bailey
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses – Richard Bauckham
Recovering Jesus – Yoder Neufeld
In The Fullness of Time – Paul Maier


Can we still Believe the Bible – Craig Blomberg
Reinventing Jesus – Daniel Wallace, M. James Sawyer et al
Can we Trust the Gospel? – Mark Roberts
The Question of Canon – Michael J Kruger
The Lost World of Scripture – John Walton
In Defense of the Bible – Steven B Cowan & Terry L Wilder
What are the Gospels? – Richard Burridge
The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization – Vishal Mangalwadi
Misquoting Truth – Timothy Paul Jones
Reliability of the Gospel Traditions – Birger Gerhardsson

Science & God

God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science – James Hannam
Slaying the Dragons: Destroying Myths in the History of Science and Faith – Allan Chapman
God’s Undertaker: Has Science buried God? – John Lennox
Science and Religion in Quest of Truth – John Polkinghorne
God and Stephen Hawking: Whose design is it anyway? – John lennox
Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design – Stephen C Meyer
Darwin’s Doubt – Stephen C Meyer
The Great Partnership – Jonathan Sacks


Bioethics: A Primer for Christians – Gilbert Meilaender
Christian Bioethics: A Guide for the perplexed – Agneta Sutton
The Case for Life – Scott Klusendorf
The Stem Cell Epistles – Michael Buratovich
At The Beginning of Life – Edwin Hui
Defending Life – Francis Beckwith
Dementia: Living in the Memories of God – John Swinton
Life and Death in Healthcare Ethics – Helen Watt
Abortion and Unborn Human Life – Patrick Lee
Rethinking Peter Singer – Gordon Preece
Why The Church Needs Bioethics – John F. Kilner

General Ethics

An Introduction to Biblical Ethics – Paul Copan & Robertson McQuilkin
Towards Old Testament Ethics – Walter Kaiser
A Companion to Ethics – Edited by Peter Singer
Applied Ethics – David Oderberg
Ethical Theory – David Oderberg
After Virtue – MacIntyre
Ethics – Piers Benn
Ethics – Arthur Holmes
Ethics: A Guide For the Perplexed – Victor Lee Austin
Ethics For a Brave New World – Feinberg & Feinberg
The Ethics Toolkit – Baggini & Fosl
The Puzzle of Ethics – Peter Vardy


Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions– Greg Koukl
Out of the Saltshaker & into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life – Rebecca Manley Pippert
If God then What? – Andrew J Wilson
The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas – Paul Copan & Kenneth Litwak

Creation & Evolution

The Language of God – Francis Collins
Seven days that divide the world – John Lennox
Creation of Evolution: Do we have to choose? Denis Alexander
The Lost World of Genesis One – John Walton
Coming to Peace With Science – Darrel Falk
Finding Darwin’s God – Kenneth Miller
In the Beginning…We Misunderstood – Johnny V. Miller & John M. Soden


Bonhoeffer – Eric Metaxas
Amazing Grace – Eric Metaxas
C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet – Alister McGrath
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr – Martin Luther King Jnr
Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir – Stanley Hauerwas
Francis Shaeffer: An Authentic Life – Colin Duriez
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography – Peter Brown
Confessions – Augustine

Christian History

The Story of Christianity – David Bentley Hart
Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth – Alister McGrath
Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution- Alister McGrath
5 Minute Church Historian – Rick Cornish
Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity – Mark A. Noll
How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity – Rodney Stark
The Rise of Christianity – Rodney Stark

General Atheism

Atheism – What Everyone Needs to Know – Michael Ruse
Atheism: A Very Short Introduction – Julian Baggini
Atheism: The Case Against God – George Smith
The Young Atheist’s Handbook: Lessons for Living a Good Life Without God – Alom Shaha
The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith – Sam Harris
God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens
New Atheism – Victor J. Stenger
Religion for Atheists – Alain de Botton
The Atheist’s Guide to Reality – Alex Rosenberg

Responding to the New Atheists

A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism – Gregory E. Ganssle
C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists – Peter S. Williams
In Defense of Faith – David Brog
Gunning for God: Why the New Atheist’s are Missing the Target – John Lennox
The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism ans its Scientific Pretensions – David Berlinski
Contending with Christianity’s Critics – Paul Copan & William Lane Craig
Atheism’s New Clothes: Exploring and Exposing the Claims of the New Atheists – David H. Glass
Atheist Delusions – David Bentley Hart
The Last Superstition – Edward Feser
The Dawkins Letters – David Robertson
Why There Almost certainly Is a God – Keith Ward

Responding to Jesus Mythicism

Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture – Daniel Wallace & James Sawyer
The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition – Greg Boyd & Paul Eddy
Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth – Bart Ehrman
Jesus? Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? – Maurice Casey
The Gospel and the Greeks – Ronald Nash
Jesus Outside the New Testament – Van Voorst


The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus – Gary Habermas & Michael Licona
The Resurrection of Jesus – Michael Licona
The Resurrection of the Son of God – N.T. Wright

Theology & Doctrine

Christian Theology – Millard J. Erickson
Mere Theology: Christians Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind – Alister McGrath
Christian Theology: An Introduction – Alister McGrath
Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem
Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief – Bruce Milne
Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe – Mark Driscoll
Manual of Christian Doctrine – Louis Berkhof
The History of Christian Doctrines – Louis Berkhof
Theology Questions Everyone Asks – Burge & Lauber

Theology and Sexuality

Can You Be Gay and Christian? – Michael L. Brown
Straight and Narrow – Thomas E. Schmidt
Sex Talks – Matthew Hosier


What Every Christian Needs To Know About The Qur’an – James White
Why I Am Not a Muslim – Ibn Warraq
Jihad – Paul Fregosi
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus – Nabeel Qureshi


Rethinking Hell – Date, Stump & Anderson
The Fire That Consumes – Edward Fudge


10 thoughts on “Recommended Books

  1. To the above I would add ‘Finding Darwin’s God’ by Kenneth Miller under ‘Creation & Evolution’. For autobiography, I would also add ‘Hannah’s Child’ by Stanley Hauerwas.

    You asked in your tweet about categories that may be missing. How about ‘History’ as a category? For that, my first entries would be more by Alister McGrath: ‘Christianity’s Dangerous Idea’ and ‘Heresy’.

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    Posted by Sipech | December 28, 2014, 3:42 pm
  2. Haven’t read those two, will add them and read them myself as well! History will be a good one, I really enjoyed David Bentley Hart’s book on Christian history and recommend reading that one.


    Posted by @failedatheist | December 28, 2014, 6:32 pm
  3. Some really good books here. Some I have read and others I mean to.

    I would add some of C.S. Lewis’ books. I love ‘The Last Battle’ and ‘The Great Divorce’. ‘Miracles’ is good too.

    Even though it is over a hundred years old ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience’ is still the best book on the effect of the Holy Spirit on ordinary people’s lives (in a Psychology section perhaps?).

    We could also add ‘How God changes your Brain’ by Andrew Newburg and Mark Waldman and ‘A Book of Sparks – A Study of Christian Mindfulness’ by Shaun Lambert.

    And I would like to suggest another section, although it may be a bit of a thin one: Politics. I loved ‘Liberal Democrats Do God’. Any other suggestions?

    P.S. Being a parent does get easier. Enjoy the adventure.

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    Posted by Monica's Books | December 29, 2014, 5:35 pm
  4. Thanks for stopping by Monica!

    Yes I will definitely add some CS Lewis to the list as I expand it and will take up your suggestion on a Psychology and Politics section, I haven’t heard of any of those other books so I will look into them as I’m always looking for good recommendations for future reads.

    I’m most certianly enjoying the adventure that is being a parent, gonna be sad to have to go back to work on Friday.


    Posted by @failedatheist | December 29, 2014, 6:40 pm
  5. If you’re reading C S Lewis, don’t miss “Mere Christianity” – perhaps a bit dated now, but still a classic in apologetics (but do read McGrath as well!)
    David Parsons

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    Posted by David Parsons | January 15, 2015, 12:49 pm
  6. Hi David, thanks for stopping by! Yes Mere Christianity is a great book and I only hesitate from recommending it on my book list because I think it is dated enough to warrant not being primary reading in my opinion. I generally recommend Keller” ‘The Reasons for God’ instead because I think this is better placed to interact and respond to modern questions and thought. That said I would never recommend that anyone shouldn’t read it, I love re-reading my copy. Yes McGrath is great I especially enjoyed his Biography of Lewis, one of my favorite books of last year.


    Posted by @failedatheist | January 15, 2015, 1:51 pm
  7. “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” by Tim Keller is also very much worth reading.


    Posted by Lindley | March 14, 2015, 12:53 am
  8. Holy Unbelievable by PC Dixon rips the bible apart in a light and humorous way – I’d recommend that. 🙂


    Posted by Emma Black | November 4, 2015, 1:00 am
  9. I am no Evangelist Muslim, but I take issue with your narrow selection of books on Islam in what is otherwise an excellently wide ranging and meticulous reading list.
    I hope you are open to suggestions, and those are all I wish to offer – suggestions with no desire to proselytize. Being a Muslim long enough kept me sufficiently interested in exploring Western scholarship on Islamic studies, to the point of a better comprehension than I could have managed with the popularising and polemical literature from both sides.
    Yet I was saddened to find such books in your selection. I am sure you only meant well and wouldn’t deliberately mislead your audience. I am sure you would like nothing more than to do justice to this or any other topic. To be unbiased and scholarly rigorous. I know this from your selection of books on Atheism. I would like to remind you (for I believe you have simply forgotten) to apply the same principles you used in compiling the Atheism book list for your list on Islam. Here are some principles in specific I had in mind:
    1) To primarily include books by those belonging to the tradition.
    2) To include diversity.
    3) To include a practical manual of life along with the more theoretical selections.
    4) To include books by publishers distinguished for their scholarship. (Like Oxford University Press, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton etc)
    5) To also include books by the more reasonable representatives of the tradition apart from popular polemical tracts (which I would actually advice to skip altogether not least because they do not hold to the same scholarly scrutiny on any topic as their more academic counterparts). In fact you are less likely to encounter polemics if you stick to the academic publications.

    Needless to say, you can have another section devoted wholly to ‘responding to Islam’, if you must. As you had a section on responding to Atheism. But now at least your ‘refutation’ will be more rigorous.

    You mention Baggini’s book on Atheism from Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series. You could similarly also consult the series’ books on Islam (which are quite a few).

    David Bentley Hart’s “The Experience of God” didn’t make your list. Perhaps it wasn’t out still. You can consider adding it now. You can also consider Hart’s recommended reading on Islamic Philosophy mentioned at the end of the book.

    Lastly I didn’t offer any specific recommendations that I personally would endorse. I would instead like to suggest reading lists compiled by actual scholars of Islamic studies. You can find this to be a good starting point http://www.acommonword.com/recommended-reading-lists-by-muslim-and-christian-scholars/
    I particularly liked Joseph Lumbard’s book list. It gives a good description of what you can expect to find in each book.

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    Posted by Saad Ismail | December 18, 2015, 6:41 am


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