Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book Recommendations for Christian Apologists


By Keith Thompson




On Presuppositional Apologetics
Pro:
Cornelius Van Til, The Defense of the Faith
Cornelius Van Til, Introduction to Systematic Theology
Cornelius Van Til, Christian Apologetics
Cornelius Van Til, Christian Theistic Evidences
Greg Bahnsen, Van Til’s Apologetic
Greg Bahnsen, Presuppositional Apologetics
Greg Bahnsen, Always Ready
Greg Bahnsen, Pushing the Antithesis
John Frame, Apologetics to the Glory of God
John Frame, Cornelius Van Til
John Frame, Doctrine of the Knowledge of God
John Frame, A Guide to Christianity for Skeptics and Seekers
K. Scott Oliphint and William Edgar, Covenantal Apologetics
William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphant, Christian Apologetics Past and Present (2 Vols.)
Vern Poythress, Philosophy, Science and the Sovereignty of God
Vern Poythress, Redeeming Science: A God Centered Approach
James Anderson, What’s Your Worldview?
James Anderson, Why Should I Believe Christianity?
Jamin Hubner, The Portable Presuppositionalist
Boddie Hodge and Roger Patterson, World Religions and Cults (Vols. 1-3)
Stanley Gundry and Steven B. Cowan, Five Views on Apologetics
Against:
R. C. Sproul, John Gerstner, and Arthur Lindsley, Classical Apologetics
Norman Geisler, Christian Apologetics (1976, pp. 56-58)
Clark Pinnock, Biblical Revelation: The Foundation of Christian Theology (1971, pp. 38-42)
Stanley Gundry and Steven B. Cowan, Five Views on Apologetics
For direct answers to Van Til’s critics such as Sproul, Gerstner, Lindsley, Geisler, Buswell, Montgomery and Pinnock, see Bahnsen, Van Til’s Apologetic pp. 650-667, 672-673, Greg Bahnsen, "A Critique of ‘Classical Apologetics,’" Presbyterian Journal 4:32 (Dec. 4, 1985); John Frame, Cornelius Van Til, pp. 401-422. Such responses also indirectly address the criticisms of Van Tilian apologetics contained in the book Five Views on Apologetics
Background:
Simon Blackburn, Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
Ted Honderich, The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
Robert Audi, The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
G. Versey and P. Foulkes, Collins Dictionary of Philosophy
Anthony Kenny, A New History of Western Philosophy
Will Durant, Story of Philosophy
John Frame, A History of Western Philosophy and Theology
Edward Craig, Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction
Graham Priest, Logic: A Very Short Introduction
Jennifer Nagel, Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction
Jonathan Dancy and Ernest Sosa, A Companion to Epistemology
Robert Audi, Epistemology
Samir Okasha, Philosophy of Science: Very Short Introduction
Alex Rosenberg, Philosophy of Science
Peter Godfrey-Smith, Theory and Reality: Introduction to Philosophy of Science
Russ Shafer-Landau, Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Essays on Moral Realism
David Owen Brink, Moral Realism and the Foundation of Ethics
J. Budziszewski, What we Can’t Not Know
J. P. Moreland, Universals
D. M. Armstrong, Universals
D. M. Armstrong, What is a Law of Nature?
Sam Cowling, Abstract Entities
Michael J. Loux and Thomas Crisp, Metaphysics
Stephen Mumford, Metaphysics
Robert C. Koons, Metaphysics
Charles Landesman and Robin Meeks, Philosophical Skepticism
J. P. Moreland, Scientism and Secularism
Thomas Negal, Mind and Cosmos
Jon Mikalson, Ancient Greek Religion
Valerie Warrior, Greek Religion: A Sourcebook
Jack Finegan, Myth and Mystery
Antonia Tripolitis, Religions of the Hellenistic Roman Age
Valarie Warrior, Roman Religion
Valarie Warrior, Roman Religion: A Sourcebook
Mary Beard et al, Religions of Rome: A Sourcebook
Yong Choon Kim, Oriental Thought
Lee Rainey, Confucius and Confucianism
Richard Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
Geraldine Pinch, Egyptian Mythology
Cornelia Dimmitt, Classical Hindu Mythology
Wendy Doniger, Hindu Myths
Edwin Bryan: Krishna: A Sourcebook
Jack Cornfield, Teachings of the Buddha
Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught
Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology
H. R. Ellis Davidson, God's and Myths of Northern Europe
Graham Harvey, Animism

On the Reliability of the Bible
Pro:
Walter Kaiser, The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
Gleason Archer, A Survey of Old Testament Introduction
Richard Hess, The Old Testament
Tremper Longman and Raymond Dillard, And Introduction to the Old Testament
K. A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament
V. Philips Long, Windows into Old Testament History
Alfred Hoerth, Archaeology and the Old Testament
John C. H. Laughlin, Archaeology and the Bible
Joseph Holden, The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible
Steven Cowan and Terry Wilder, In Defense of the Bible
D. A. Carson and Douglas Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament
Donald Guthrie, New Testament Introduction
Andreas Kostenberger et al, The Cradle, the Cross and the Crown
Wayne Grudem et al, Understanding Scripture (2012, pp. 101-136)
John Mcray, Archaeology and the New Testament
Jack Finegan, The Archaeology of the New Testament
Merrill Unger, Archaeology and the New Testament
Gleason Archer, Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties
Norman Geisler, The Big Book of Bible Difficulties
Paul Copan, Is God a Moral Monster?
Paul Copan and Matt Flannagan, Did God Really Command Genocide?
Paul Copan et al, Dictionary of Christianity and Science
Ben Hobrink, Modern Science in the Bible
Michael Guillen, Amazing Truths: How Science and the Bible Agree
Henry Morris, Science and the Bible
William Campbell, The Quran and the Bible in Light of Science
Alan Millard, Reading and Writing in the Time of Jesus
E. Randolph Richards, Paul and First Century Letter Writing
G. Scott Gleaves, Did Jesus Speak Greek?
Michael Licona, “Is the Sky Falling in the World of Historical Jesus Research?,” in BBR 26 (2016)
Ben Witherington, The Christology of Jesus
William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith (2008, pp. 287-332)
Raymond Brown, Introduction to New Testament Christology
Darrell Bock, Who is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith
Richard Burridge, What are the Gospels?
David Aune, The New Testament in Its Literary Environment
Craig Keener and Edward Wright, Biographies and Jesus
Lydia McGrew, Undesigned Coincidences
William Telford (ed.), The Interpretation of Mark (1985, pp. 119-133)
J. Ed Komoszewski et al, Reinventing Jesus
Paul Eddy and Greg Boyd, The Jesus Legend
Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses
Samuel Byrskog, Story as History: History as Story
Birger Gerhardsson, Memory and Manuscript
Birger Gerhardsson, Tradition and Transmission
Harald Riesenfeld, The Gospel Tradition and Its Beginnings
Rainer Riesner, “Jesus as Preacher and Teacher” in Jesus and the Oral Gospel Tradition
Craig Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the Gospels
Craig Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the John’s Gospel
Craig Blomberg, The Historical Reliability of the New Testament
Craig Blomberg, Can We Still Believe the Bible?
F. F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
Paul Barnett, Is the New Testament Reliable?
John A. T. Robinson, Can We Trust the New Testament?
Mark Roberts, Can We Trust the Gospels?
Colin Hemer, The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History
W. M. Ramsey, The Bearing of Recent Discovery on the Trustworthiness of the New Testament
W. M. Ramsey, St. Paul: The Traveler and Roman Citizen
A. N. Sherwin White, Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament 
Bruce Winter and Andrew Clarke, The Book of Acts in Its Ancient Setting (5 Vols.)
Craig Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (4 Vols.)
Nicholas Lunn, The Original Ending of Mark
Jeroen Beekhuizen, The Comma Johanneum Revisited (2017, Bachelor Thesis)
James Snapp, Authentic: The Case for Mark 16:9-20
James Snapp, A Fresh Analysis of John 7:53-8:11
Timothy Jones, Misquoting Truth
Nicholas Perrin, Lost in Transmission?
Daniel Wallace, Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament
Robert Stewart, Daniel Wallace, and Bart Ehrman, The Reliability of the New Testament
Against:
Rudolf Bultmann, New Testament Mythology and Other Basic Writings
Rudolf Bultmann, Jesus Christ and Mythology
John Crossan, The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus
Robert Funk et al, The Five Gospels: What Did Jesus Really Say?
Bart Ehrman, Jesus Before the Gospels
Bart Ehrman, Misquoting Jesus
Bart Ehrman, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture
Bart Ehrman, Jesus Interrupted
Bart Ehrman, Forged
John Loftus, The End of Christianity
John Loftus, Christianity in the Light of Science
John Loftus, The Christian Delusion
Robert Price, The Pre-Nicene New Testament
Robert Price, The Case Against the Case for Christ
Richard Carrier, Not the Impossible Faith
Richard Carrier, On the Historicity of Jesus
Earl Doherty, Challenging the Verdict
Hector Avalos, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship
Israel Finkelstein and Neil Silberman, The Bible Unearthed
Burton Mack, Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth
Maurice Casey, Is John’s Gospel True?
Randel Helms, Gospel Fictions
John Knox, Marcion and the New Testament
Joseph Tyson, Marcion and Luke-Acts
Richard Pervo, Profit with Delight
Dennis R. MacDonald, The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark
Dennis R. MacDonald, The Gospels and Homer: Imitations of Greek Epic in Mark and Luke-Acts
Dennis R. MacDonald, Mythologizing Jesus
Thomas L. Thompson, The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David
Thomas L. Thompson, Historicity of the Patriarchal Narratives
Dan Barker, Godless
Dan Barker, God: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction
Chris Keith, Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity

On Calvinism
Pro:
Martin Luther, On the Bondage of the Will
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
John Gill, The Cause of God and Truth
D. A. Carson, Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
Thomas Schreiner and Bruce Ware, Still Sovereign
R. K. McGregor, No Place for Sovereignty
Lorraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination
A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God
A. W. Pink, The Total Depravity of Man
Paul Helm, The Providence of God
Jerome Zanchius, Absolute Predestination
James White, The Potter’s Freedom
Michael Horton, For Calvinism
Edwin Palmer, The Five Points of Calvinism
David Steele et al, The Five Points of Calvinism
Robert Peterson and Michael Williams, Why I am Not An Arminian
Roger Nicole, Standing Forth
Anthony Hoekema, Saved by Grace
Matthew Barrett, Salvation by Grace
Steve Lawson, Foundations of Grace
Steve Lawson, Pillars of Grace
David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, From Heaven He Came and Sought Her
John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied
Jay Adams, The Grand Demonstration
Thaddeus Williams, Love, Freedom and Evil
Chad Brand, Perspectives on Election
Dennis Jowers and Stanley Gundry, Four Views on Divine Providence
Against:
Desiderius Erasmus, The Freedom of the Will
Roger Olson, Arminian Theology
Roger Olson, Against Calvinism
David Allen, Whosoever Will
David Allen, The Extent of the Atonement
Norman Geisler, Chosen But Free
Leighton Flowers, The Potter’s Promise
George Bryson, The Five Points of Calvinism
George Bryson, The Dark Side of Calvinism
Jerry Walls and Joseph Rongell, Why I am Not a Calvinist 
William Lane Craig, The Only Wise God 
Chad Brand, Perspectives on Election 
Dennis Jowers and Stanley Gundry, Four Views on Divine Providence

On the Trinity and Deity of Jesus
Pro: 
Tertullian, Against Praxeas
Athanasius, Defense Against the Arians
Athanasius, Four Discourses Against the Arians 
Augustine, On the Trinity 
Daniel Boyarin, The Jewish Gospels
Alan Segal, Two Powers in Heaven
Benjamin Sommer, The Bodies of God and the World of Ancient Israel
Robert Morey, The Trinity
James White, The Forgotten Trinity
Stephen Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity
Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity
Fred Sanders, The Triune God
Fred Sanders and Klaus Issler, Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective
Robert Bowman and J. Ed. Komoszewski, Putting Jesus in His Place
Robert Reymond, Jesus Divine Messiah
Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson, The Deity of Christ
Richard Longenecker, Contours of Christology in the New Testament
Gordon Fee, Pauline Christology
B. B. Warfield, The Lord of Glory
Gerald Bray, Creeds, Councils and Christ
Michael Burgos Jr., The Journal for Trinitarian Studies and Apologetics (Jan, 2013)
Michael Burgos Jr., Our God is Triune
Michael Burgos Jr., Against Oneness Pentecostalism
Edward Dalcour, A Definitive Look At Oneness Theology
Richard Bauckham, God Crucified
Larry Hurtado, Lord Jesus Christ
Larry Hurtado, How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?
Michael Bird, Jesus the Eternal Son
Michael Bird et al, How God Became Jesus
Against:
Bart Ehrman, How Jesus Became God
James Dunn,Christology in the Making
Anthony Buzzard, Jesus was not a Trinitarian
Anthony Buzzard and Charles F. Hunting, The Doctrine of the Trinity
Greg Stafford, Jehovah’s Witness Defended
Greg Stafford, Three Dissertations
Jerry Hayes, Godhead Theology
David Bernard, Oneness and Trinity
Patrick Navas, Divine Truth or Human Tradition?
J. R. Daniel Kirk, A Man Attested by God
Shabir Ally, Is Jesus God? The Bible Says No

On Catholicism
Against:
Martin Luther, On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church
Martin Luther, To the Christian Nobility of the Christian Nation
Martin Luther, On the Freedom of a Christian
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
John Calvin, On the Necessity of Reforming the Church
Edward Denny, Papalism
Abbe Guetee, The Papacy
William Webster, The Matthew 16 Controversy
William Webster, The Church of Rome at the Bar of History
William Webster, Roman Catholic Tradition
William Webster and David King, Holy Scripture (3 Vols.)
James White, The Fatal Flaw
James White, The Roman Catholic Controversy
James White, The God who Justifies
James White, Answers to Catholic Claims
James White, Mary Another Redeemer?
Eric Svendsen, Evangelical Answers
Eric Svendsen, Upon This Slippery Rock
Eric Svendsen, Who is My Mother? 
Eric Svendsen, The Table of the Lord
Robert Reymond, The Reformation’s Conflict with Rome
Robert Zins, Romanism
Robert Zins, On the Edge of Apostasy
Robert Zins, Sacraments
Richard Bennett, Catholicism East of Eden
Richard Bennett, Far From Rome Near to God
Keith Mathison, The Shape of Sola Scriptura
William Whitaker, Disputations on Holy Scripture
Henry Hudson, Papal Power
Norman Geisler and Ralph MacKenzie, Roman Catholics and Evangelicals
Lorraine Boettner, Roman Catholicism
Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics
Matthew Barrett, The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls
Michael Horton, Justification (2 Vols.)
J. V. Fesko, Justification
Gerald Bray and Bruce McCormack, Justification in Perspective
Thomas Oden, The Justification Reader
Leon Morris, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross
Michael C. Thomsett, The Inquisition
Toby Green, Inquisition
Michael Whelton, Two Paths
Laurent Cleenewerck, His Broken Body
Russel Chamberlin, Bad Popes
Paul Engle and John Armstrong, Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper
Pro:
Robert Sungenis, Not by Faith Alone
Robert Sungenis, Not by Scripture Alone
Robert Sungenis, Not by Bread Alone
Steve Ray, Upon This Rock
Scot Butler et al, Jesus, Peter and the Keys
Tim Staples, Nuts and Bolts
Tim Staples, Behold Your Mother
Dave Armstrong, A Biblical Defense of Catholicism
Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism
Trent Horn, The Case for Catholicism
Gary Michuta, The Case for the Deuterocanon
Patrick Madrid, Pope Fiction
Patrick Madrid, Why is That in Tradition?
Patrick Madrid, Where is That in the Bible?
Patrick Madrid, Answer me This!
Patrick Madrid, Surprised by Truth (3 Vols.)
Margherita Guarducci and Michael Miller, The Primacy of the Church of Rome
Luigi Gambero, Mary and the Fathers of the Church
Father Mateo, Refuting the Attack on Mary
Peter Stravinskas, The Catholic Answer Book of Mary
Diane Moczar, Seven Lies About Catholic History
William Jurgens, The Faith of the Early Fathers
James Gibbons, Faith of our Fathers
Paul Engle and John Armstrong, Understanding Four Views on the Lord’s Supper 
Background:
Michael Kruger, The Question of Canon
Michael Kruger and Andreas Kostenberger, The Heresy of Orthodoxy
F. F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture
Roger Beckwith, The Old Testament Canon of the New Testament Church
Bruce Metzger, The Canon of the New Testament
Bruce Metzger, An Introduction to the Apocrypha
Timothy George, Theology of the Reformers
James Payton, Getting the Reformation Wrong
Bernhard Lohse, Martin Luther’s Theology
Matthew Barrett, Reformation Theology
Thomas Oden et al, Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity (3 Vols.)
Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers: Greek Texts and English Translations
Wilhelm Pratscher, The Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction
Daniel Wallace, A Reader’s Lexicon of the Apostolic Fathers
Hendrickson, Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers (38 Vols.)
Brian Arnold, Justification in the Second Century
John Daille, A Treatise on the Right Use of the Fathers
Hans von Campenhausen, The Fathers and the Latin Church
Cyril C. Richardson, Early Christian Fathers
Gregg Allison, Historical Theology
J. N. D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines
Thomas Oden, Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology
Joseph Kelly, The Concise Dictionary of Early Christianity
Phillip Schaff, History of the Christian Church (8 Vols.)
Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church
Charles Hefele, A History of the Councils of the Church (Vols. 1-3)
Warren Carroll, The History of Christendom (Vols. 1-2)
Henry Chadwick, The Early Church
Raymond Brown and John P. Meier, Antioch and Rome 
Peter Lampe, Christians at Rome in the First Two Centuries 
William Bright, The Roman See in the Early Church and Other Studies in Church History
Jaroslav Pelikan, The Riddle of Roman Catholicism
Jaroslav Pelikan, The Christian Tradition (Vols. 1-3)
Johann Döllinger, The Pope and the Council
Brian Tierney, Origins of Papal Infallibility
Robert Eno, The Rise of the Papacy
Walter Kasper, The Petrine Ministry: Catholics and Orthodox in Dialogue
Klaus Schatz, Papal Primacy
Raymond Brown et al, Peter in the New Testament
John Meyendorff, The Primacy of Peter
James Puglisi, How Can the Petrine Ministry Be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church?
J.N.D. Kelly, Oxford Dictionary of Popes
Yves Congar, The Meaning of Tradition
Gabriel Moran, Theology of Revelation
Francis Sullivan, From Apostles to Bishops
Joseph Jungmann, The Mass of the Roman Rite (2 Vols.)
Alphonsus Liguori, The Glories of Mary
Juniper Carol, Mariology (3 Vols.)
Hilda Graef, Mary
Stephano Manelli, All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed
Mark Miravalle, Introduction to Mary
Mark Miravalle, Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate
Mark Miravalle, Mariology
Raymond Brown et al, Mary in the New Testament
Richard P. McBrien, Encyclopedia of Catholicism
Richard P. McBrien, Catholicism
John Hardon, The Catholic Catechism
Ludwig Ott, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
Henry Denzinger, The Sources of Catholic Dogma
Jaques Dupuis, The Christian Faith
Documents of the Council of Florence
Documents of Vatican I
Documents of Vatican II
Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent
1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church

On Islam
Against:
Robert Spencer, The History of Jihad
Robert Spencer, The Truth About Muhammad
Robert Spencer, The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran
Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam
Robert Spencer, The Myth of Islamic Tolerance
Robert Spencer, Stealth Jihad
Andrew Bostom, Legacy of Jihad
Andrew Bostom, Sharia Versus Freedom
Andrew Bostom, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism
Ibn Waraq, Which Koran?
Ibn Waraq, Koranic Allusions
Ibn Waraq, The Islam in Islamic Terrorism
Ibn Waraq, Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out
Ibn Waraq, Why I Am Not a Muslim
Ibn Waraq, The Origins of the Koran
James White, What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Quran
Robert Morey, Islamic Invasion
W. St. Clair Tisdall, Original Sources of the Koran
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
Daria Fernandez-Morera, The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise
Nabeel Qureshi, Seeking Allah Finding Jesus
Nabeel Qureshi, No God But One
Craig Evans and James Beverley, Getting Jesus Right
William F. Campbell, The Quran and the Bible in Light of History and Science
Pro:
Moustafa Zayed, The Lies About Muhammad
Mustafa Akyol, The Islamic Jesus
Muhammad Shahid, Yes I Converted to Islam and Here is Why
Yahya Huran, Jesus Did Not Die
Yahya Huran, Islam Denounces Terrorism
Jalal Abualrub, Muslim-Christian Dialogue: Islamic Monotheism vs Trinity
Jamal Badawi, 1,000 Questions on Islam
Shabir Ally, Is Jesus God? The Bible Says No
Ahmed Deedat, What the Bible Says About Muhammad
Ahmed Deedat, Is the Bible God’s Word?
Ahmed Deedat, Was Jesus Crucified?
Ahmed Deedat, Resurrection or Resuscitation?
Zia Sheikh, Islam: Silencing the Critics
I. D. Campbell, There is No Trinity
Bilal Philips, The True Message of Jesus Christ
Bilal Philips, Did God Become Man?
Zakir Naik, The Quran and Modern Science
Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Quran, and Science
Background:
Ibn Isaq, Life of Muhammad
Ibn Kathir, The Life of Muhammad
Al-Waqidi, The Life of Muhammad
Ibn Sa’d, Kitab Al-tabaqat Al-kabir (“The Book of the Major Classes)
Tabari, The History of al-Tabari (Vols. 6-20)
Akbar Najeebabadi, The History of Islam (3 Vols.)
Muhammad and Al-Yazid, Biographies of the Rightly-Guided Caliphs
Ahadith: Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, Tirmizi, Muwatta, Sunan Abu Dawud, Sunan Ibn Majah
Jonathan Brown, Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World
Mohammad Kamali, A Textbook on Hadith Studies
Mustafa Azami, Studies in Hadith Methodology
Nuh Keller, Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual on Islamic Law
Baghdadi, The Mukhtaser Al-Quduri: A Hanafi Manual of Islamic Law
Laleh Bajhtiar, Encyclopedia of Islamic Law
Tafsirs (Ancient “Commentaries” on the Quran): Ibn Kathir, al-Tabari, Ibn Abbas, Al-Jalalayn, Tustari, as-Sadi
Khan and Hilali, Interpretation of the Meaning of the Noble Quran (9 Vols.)
Maududi, The Meaning of the Quran (6 Vols.)
Shafi, Ma’ariful Quran (8 Vols.)
Usmani, Tafsir-E-Usmani (3 Vols.)
Daryabadi, Tafsir Ul-Quran (4 Vols.)
Asad, The Message of the Quran (3 Vols.)
Seyyed Hossein Nasnr, Caner Dagli, The Study Quran
Will Durant, Age of Faith
Albert Hourani, A History of the Arab Peoples
Phillip K. Hitti, History of the Arabs
Efraim Karsh, Islamic Imperialism
Hugh Kennedy, Great Arab Conquests
Raymond Ibrahim, Sword and Scimitar
Michael Cook, The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
Malise Ruthven, Islam: A Very Short Introduction
Jonathan Brown, Muhammad: A Very Short Introduction
Cyril Glasse, The New Encyclopedia of Islam
Jane McAuliffe, The Cambridge Companion to the Quran
Tim Winter, The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology
Maududi, Fundamentals of Islam
Aftab Shahryar, Major Themes of the Holy Quran
Gordon Nickel, The Gentle Answer to the Muslim Accusation of Biblical Falsification
Andrew Rippin, The Blackwell Companion to the Quran
Andrew Rippin, Muslims: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices
Patricia Crone, Meccan Trade and the Rise of Islam
Patricia Crone, God’s Caliph
Patricia Crone, God’s Rule
John Wansbrough, Quranic Studies
John Wansbrough, The Sectarian Milieu
Andrew Bannister, An Oral Formulaic Study of the Quran
Mark Durie, The Quran and its Biblical Reflexes: Investigations into the Genesis of a Religion
Tom Holland, In the Shadow of the Sword
Dan Gibson, Quranic Geography
Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas
G. R. Hawting, The First Dynasty of Islam
Robert Hoyland, Seeing Islam as Others Saw It
Yehuda Nevo, Crossroads to Islam
Keith Small, Textual Criticism and Quran Manuscripts
Keith Small, Holy Books Have a History
Keith Small, Quran’s
Daniel Brubaker, Intentional Changes in Quran Manuscripts (PhD Thesis, 2014)
Arthur Jeffery, The Quran as Scripture
Arthur Jeffery, Materials for the History of the Text of the Quran
Aurang Azmi, The Handy Concordance of the Quran
Mohn Rashid, English-Arabic Dictionary
John Penrice, A Dictionary and Glossary of the Quran
Abdul Omar, Dictionary of the Holy Quran
Edward Lane, Arabic-English Lexicon

Eastern Orthodoxy
Against:
Robert Morey, Is Eastern Orthodoxy Christian?
James Stamoolis, Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism
Robert Leetham, Through Western Eyes
Matthew Barrett, The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls
Michael Horton, Justification (2 Vols.)
James White, The God who Justifies
J. V. Fesko, Justification
Gerald Bray and Bruce McCormack, Justification in Perspective
Thomas Oden, The Justification Reader
Leon Morris, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross
William Webster and David King, Holy Scripture (3 Vols.)
Keith Mathison, The Shape of Sola Scriptura
William Whitaker, Disputations on Holy Scripture
Eric Svendsen, Who is My Mother?
For:
Michael Pomaznasky, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology
Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way
Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
Frederica Mattewes-Green, Welcome to the Orthodox Church
Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church
Andrew Louth, Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology
Daniel Clendenin, Eastern Orthodox Christianity
James Payton, Light from the Christian East
Elizabeth Theokritoff, The Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology
Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity

On Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Other Cults
Against:
Anthony Hoekema, The Four Major Cults
Walter Martin, Kingdom of the Cults
Bodie Hodge and Roger Peterson, World Religions and Cults (Vol. 1)
James White, Letters to a Mormon Elder
James White, Is the Mormon my Brother?
Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with Mormons
Ron Rhodes, The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Mormon
Norman Geisler and Ron Rhodes, The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism
Corey Miller, Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds
Robert Morey, How to Answer a Mormon
Robert Morey, How to Answer a Jehovah’s Witness
Ron Rhodes, Reasoning from the Scriptures with Jehovah’s Witnesses
David Reed, Index of Watchtower Errors 1897-1989
David Reed, Jehovah’s Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse
David Reed, Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses
Pro:
Gilbert Schaffs, The Missionary’s Little Book of Answers
Gilbert Schaffs, The Truth About ‘the God Makers’
Roger Keller, Light and Truth
Roger Keller, Book of Mormon Authors
Richard Hopkins, Biblical Mormonism
Richard Hopkins, How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God
Greg Stafford, Jehovah’s Witnesses Defended
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Research Guide for Jehovah’s Witnesses (2018)
Background:
The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price
Terry Givens, The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction
Richard Bushman, Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction
John Evans, One Hundred Years of Mormonism
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
Marley Cole, Jehovah’s Witnesses

On King James Onlyism
Against:
James White, The King James Only Controversy
D. A. Carson, The King James Version Debate
James Price, King James Onlyism
Ken Barker, Accuracy Defined and Illustrated
Roy Beacham, One Bible Only?
Mark Ward, Authorized
John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Facts on the King James Only Debate
Daniel Corner, A Critique of Gail Riplinger’s Scholarship and KJV Onlyism
Pro:
Peter Ruckman, The Christian’s Handbook of Manuscript Evidence
Gail Riplinger, New Age Bible Versions
Samuel Gipp, The Answer Book
Samuel Gipp, Gipp's Understandable History of the Bible
D. A. Waite, Foes of the King James Bible Refuted
D. A. Waite, Defending the King James Bible
D. A. Waite, A Critical Answer to James Price’s King James Onlyism
D. A. Waite, The Superior Foundation of the King James Bible
D. A. Waite, The Case for the King James Bible
Jack Moorman, Missing in Modern Bibles
Jack Moorman, Forever Settled
William Grady, Final Authority
Background:
Nestle-Aland, Novum Testamentum Graece 28
Philip Comfort, A Commentary on Textual Additions to the New Testament
Philip Comfort, The Origin of the Bible
Philip Comfort, Essential Guide to Bible Versions
Philip Comfort, New Testament Text and Translation Commentary
Bruce Metzger, The Bible in Translation
Bruce Metzger, A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament
Bruce Metzger, The Text of the New Testament
Kurt Aland, Barbara Aland, The Text of the New Testament
David Black, New Testament Textual Criticism
Don Wilkins and Edward Andrews, The Text of the New Testament
Daniel Wallace, Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament
Charles Hill and Michael Kruger, The Early Text of the New Testament

On The Historical Jesus
For:
Shirley Jackson Case, The Historicity of Jesus
Albert Schweitzer, The Quest of the Historical Jesus (2001, pp. 391-436)
Albert Schweitzer, Paul and his Interpreters
Samuel Cheetham, The Mysteries
A. D. Nock, Early Gentile Christianity and its Hellenistic Background
Gary Habermas, The Verdict of History
Gary Habermas, The Historical Jesus
R. T. France, The Evidence for Jesus
James Dunn, The Evidence for Jesus
James Charlesworth, Jesus Research: New Methodologies and Perceptions (2007)
Tom Holmen and Stanley Porter, Handbook for the Study of the Historical Jesus (4 Vols.)
Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz, The Historical Jesus
Craig Keener, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels
John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew (5 Vols.).
James Charlesworth, The Historical Jesus
Graham Stanton, The Gospels and Jesus
E. P. Sanders, The Historical Figure of Jesus
E. P. Sanders, Jesus and Judaism
Geza Vermes, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus
Geza Vermes, Jesus the Jew
Ben Witherington, The Christology of Jesus
William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith (2008, pp. 287-332)
Raymond Brown, Introduction to New Testament Christology 
Darrell Bock, Who is Jesus?: Linking the Historical Jesus with the Christ of Faith
Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses 
Samuel Byrskog, Story as History: History as Story 
Maurice Casey, Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths
Bart Ehrman, Did Jesus Exist?
Robert E. Van Voorst, Jesus Outside the New Testament
Stanley Porter and Stephen Bedard, Unmasking the Pagan Christ
Martin Hengel, The Son of God
J. Ed Komoszewski et al, Reinventing Jesus
Paul Eddy and Greg Boyd, The Jesus Legend
Michael Wilkins and J. P. Moreland, Jesus Under Fire
Ronald Nash, The Gospel and the Greeks
James Beilby and Paul Eddy, The Historical Jesus: Five Views
Against:
James Frazer, The Golden Bow
Arthur Drews, The Christ Myth
Elizabeth Evans, The Christ Myth
Kersey Graves, The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors
G. A. Wells, The Historical Evidence for Jesus
G. A. Wells, Did Jesus Exist?
G. A. Wells, The Jesus Myth
Acharya S, The Christ Conspiracy
Acharya S, Suns of God
D. M. Murdock, Who was Jesus?
D. M. Murdock, Christ in Egypt
Earl Doherty, The Jesus Puzzle
Robert Price, Deconstructing Jesus
Robert Price, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man
Robert Price, The Christ Myth Theory
Richard Carrier, Proving History
Richard Carrier, On the Historicity of Jesus
Thomas L. Thompson, The Messiah Myth: The Near Eastern Roots of Jesus and David
Thomas L. Thompson, Is This Not the Carpenter?
Thomas Brodie, Beyond the Quest for the Historical Jesus
Timothy Freak and Peter Gandy, The Jesus Mysteries
James Beilby and Paul Eddy, The Historical Jesus: Five Views
Background:
Louis Gottschalk, Understanding History
Gilbert Garraghan, A Guide to Historical Method
Robert Shafer, A Guide to Historical Method
Larry Hurtado, At the Origins of Christian Worship
Oskar Skarsuane, In the Shadow of the Temple
G. K. Beale and D. A. Carson, Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
John J. Collins and Daniel Harlow, The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism
E. P. Sanders, Judaism: Practice and Belief 63 BCE – 66 CE
John J. Collins and Gregory Sterling, Hellenism in the Land of Israel
Martin Hengel, Judaism and Hellenism
Martin Hengel, The ‘Hellenization’ of Judea in the First Century After Christ
Lee Levine, Judaism and Hellenism in Antiquity
Saul Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine
Everette Ferguson, Backgrounds of Early Christianity
C. K. Barrett, The New Testament Background
Craig Evans, Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies
Craig Evans, Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence
Joel Green and Lee McDonald, The World of the New Testament
Gary Burge etal, The New Testament in Antiquity
James Jeffers, The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament
Craig Evans and Stanley Porter, Dictionary of New Testament Background
Green et al, Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Gerald Hawthorne et al, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Ralph Martin and Peter Davids, Dictionary of the Later New Testament and its Development
David Aune, The Westminster Dictionary of the New Testament and Early Christian Literature and Rhetoric
James H. Charlesworth, The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (2 Vols.)
Michael Wise et al, The Dead Sea Scrolls
William Whiston, The Works of Josephus
C. D. Young, The Works of Philo
Alfred Church and William Brodribb, Tacitus: Annals, Histories, Agricola, Germania
Hades Lebel, Flavius Josephus
Steve Mason, Josephus and the New Testament
Ronald Mellor, Tacitus
A. J. Woodman, The Cambridge Companion to Tacitus
Ronald Mellor, The Roman Historians
John Marincola, A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography
Dennis R. MacDonald, Mythologizing Jesus
Apollodorus, Bibliotheca
Ovid, Metamorphosis
Hesiod, Theogony
Jon Mikalson, Ancient Greek Religion
Valerie Warrior, Greek Religion: A Sourcebook
Valarie Warrior, Roman Religion
Valarie Warrior, Roman Religion: A Sourcebook
Mary Beard et al, Religions of Rome: A Sourcebook
Hans-Josef Klauck, The Religious Context of Early Christianity
Antonia Tripolitis, Religions of the Hellenistic Roman Age
Jack Finegan, Myth and Mystery
Marvin Meyer, The Ancient Mysteries
Hugh Bowden, Mystery Cults of the Ancient World
Richard Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
Geraldine Pinch, Egyptian Mythology
Cornelia Dimmitt, Classical Hindu Mythology
Wendy Doniger, Hindu Myths
Edwin Bryan: Krisha: A Sourcebook
Marcus Borg, Jesus and Buddha
Jack Cornfield, Teachings of the Buddha
Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught

On The Resurrection of Jesus
Pro:
Michael Licona and Gary Habermas, The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus
Michael Licona, The Resurrection of Jesus
William Lane Craig, The Son Rises
William Lane Craig, Reasonable Faith (2008, pp. 333-404)
Paul Copan, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Debate Between William Lane Craig and Gerd Ludemann
N. T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God
Jake H. O'Connell, Jesus’ Resurrection and Apparitions
Richard Swinburne, The Resurrection of God Incarnate
George Eldon Ladd, I Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus
Stanley Porter and David Yoon, Paul and Gnosis (2016, pp. 44-58)
Against:
Gerd Ludemann, The Resurrection of Jesus
Gerd Ludemann, What Really Happened to Jesus
Robert Price and Jeffrey Lowder, The Empty Tomb
John Loftus, The Christian Delusion (2009, pp. 291-315)
Paul Copan, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Debate Between William Lane Craig and Gerd Ludemann

On Creationism, Design, Young Earth and the Flood
For:
Jason Lisle, The Ultimate Proof of Creation
Tim Chaffey and Jason Lisle, Old Earth Creationism on Trial
Don DeYoung, Thousands Not Billions
Henry Morris et al, Creation: Basics and Beyond
Thomas Nagel, Mind and Cosmos (Atheist)
Robert Carter, Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels
Andrew Snelling, Earth’s Catastrophic Past (2 Vols.)
John Morris, The Global Flood
Michael Behe, Darwin Devolves
Michael Behe et al, Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe
Michael Behe, Darwin’s Black Box
William Dembski. The Design Revolution
William Dembski, Uncommon Descent: Intellectuals who Find Darwinism Unconvincing
William Dembski, Intelligent Design
William Dembski, The Design of Life
Stephen Meyer, Darwin’s Doubt
Stephen Meyer, Signature in the Cell
Matti Leisola, Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design
Douglas Axe, Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life is Designed
Jonathan Sarfati, Refuting Evolution
Jonathan Sarfati, Refuting Evolution 2
Jonathan Sarfati, The Greatest Hoax on Earth?
Richard Milton, Shattering the Myths of Darwinism
Marivin Lubenow, Bones of Contention
Jonathan Wells, Icons of Evolution
John Kinson, God and Evolution: How an Atheist Scientist Changed his Mind
Michael Denton, Evolution: A Theory in Crisis
Michael Denton, Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis
Jerry Bergman, The Darwin Effect
J. B. Stump: Four Views on Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design
Against:
Victor Stenger: God: The Failed Hypothesis
Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing
Sean Carroll, The Big Picture
John Loftus, Christianity in the Light of Science
Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species
Barbara Forrest and Paul Gross, Creationism’s Trojan Horse
Kenneth Miller, Finding Darwin’s God
Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution is True
Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth
Lee Dugatkin and Carl Bergstrom, Evolution
Brian Switek, Written in Stone
Donald Prothero, Evolution
Bill Nye, Undeniable
J. B. Stump: Four Views on Creation, Evolution and Intelligent Design

On Open Theism
Against:
John Piper et al, Beyond the Bounds
Bruce Ware, God’s Lesser Glory
John Frame, No Other God
Robert Morey, Battle of the Gods
Norman Geisler, Creating God in the Image of Man
Norman Geisler et al, The Battle for God
Douglas Huffman and Eric Johnson, God Under Fire
James Beilby and Paul Eddy, Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views
For:
L. D. McCabe, Divine Nescience and Foreknowledge
Greg Boyd, God of the Possible
John Sanders, The God Who Risks
Clark Pinnock, The Openness of God
Clark Pinnock, Most Moved Mover
Thomas Oord, The Uncontrolling Love of God
James Beilby and Paul Eddy, Divine Foreknowledge: Four Views

On Original Sin
For:
Augustine, Against Julian
Augustine, On the Proceedings of Pelagius
Augustine, On the Grace of Christ and Original Sin
Consult Any Reformed Systematic or Dogmatic Theology
Henri Blocher, Original Sin
Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson, Fallen: A Theology of Sin
Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves, Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin
Against:
Pelagius, Commentary on Romans
B. R. Rees, Pelagius: Life and Letters
Charles Finney, Finney’s Systematic Theology
Jesse Morrell, The Natural Ability of Man
Jesse Morrell, Does Man Inherit A Sinful Nature?

On The New Perspective on Paul
For:
E. P. Sanders, Paul and Palestinian Judaism
James Dunn, The New Perspective on Paul (1983)
N. T. Wright, New Perspectives on Paul
N. T. Wright, Romans (The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 9)
Richard Hays, The Faith of Jesus Christ
Richard Hays, Galatians (The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary, Vol. 9)
Against:
Seyoon Kim, Paul and the New Perspective
Simon Gathercole, Where is Boasting?
Mark Seifrid, Justification by Faith
Stephen Westerholm, Perspectives Old and New on Paul
A. Andrew Das, Paul, the Law, and the Covenant
J. V. Fesko, Justification
John Piper, The Future of Justification
D. A. Carson et al, Justification and Variegated Nomism (2 Vols.)
Tom Holland, Tom Wright and the Search for Truth
Cornelius Venema, Getting the Gospel Right
Douglas Moo, Epistle to the Romans
Douglas Moo, Galatians
Thomas Schreiner, Romans
Thomas Schreiner, Galatians

On Homosexuality, Transgenderism and Abortion
James White and Jeffrey Niell, The Same Sex Controversy
Michael Brown, A Queer Thing Happened to America
Michael Brown, Can you be Gay and Christian?
Robert Gagnon, The Bible and Homosexual Practice
Ryan Anderson, When Harry Became Sally
Andrew Walker, God and the Transgender Debate
Mark Yarhouse, Understanding Gender Dysphoria
Vaughan Roberts, Transgender: Talking Points
Scott Klusendorf, The Case for Life
Randy Alcom, Why Pro-Life?

Systematic Theologies, Institutes and Dogmatics
Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology
Michael Horton, The Christian Faith
John Frame, Systematic Theology
Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology
Louis Berkoff, Systematic Theology
Louis Berkoff, Summary of Christian Doctrine
William Shed, Dogmatic Theology
John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology
Geerhardus Vos, Reformed Dogmatics
Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics

Word Studies, Lexical and Grammatical Works
Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon
Wilhelm Gesenius, Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon of the Old Testament 
Ludwig Koehler and Walter Baumgartner, The Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament
R. Laird Harris et al, The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
Joseph Thayer, Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
Liddell-Scott Greek-English Lexicon
Baur-Arndt-Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature
Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament
Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
William Mounce, Basics of Biblical Greek
Daniel Wallace, Greek Grammar: Beyond the Basics

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  1. DEAR KEITH THOMPSON I AM TRULY AMAZED AND IMPRESSED BY YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND SCHOLARSHIP.

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