Apologetics Certificate Book Module List

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ACM’s Apologetics Certificate offers a unique approach to deepening one’s apologetics knowledge by grounding the student in the whole history of Christian thought and building a library of important apologetics works at the same time.

There are four courses, each consisting of 3-4 modules.  A ‘module’ entails the reading and analysis of the ‘index’ book, and then the 6-8 academy suggested books that go along with the ‘index’ book.

The goal of this approach is to ground the participant in a sense of the historical ebb and flow of attacks on Christianity and its defense. The goal is not to provide a comprehensive foundation in apologetics, per se, but to expose the participant to main trends over the last two thousand years in order to better understand the contemporary apologetic challenges.

The ‘index’ book is selected because of its own monumental importance in the history of the Church and because it raises issues that are still relevant today. Each ‘index’ book is backed up by a mix of other classic works and contemporary books that are related, thus providing a bridge to the present day.

Not just Christian works, but non-Christian works are listed, so that the participant does not only hear objections in the mouths of the rebutters, but from the objectors themselves.  (We reserve the right to modify this list at any time)

Each ‘index’ book should have at least one non-Christian work associated with it, unless the ‘index’ book itself is non-Christian.

Certificate participants are free–nay, even encouraged–to consult even more works.

Those enrolled in the certificate program are required to purchase Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli’s Handbook of Christian Apologetics: Hundreds of Answers to Crucial Questions and James Agresti’s Rational Conclusions.  Taking the Academy’s “Christian Educator’s Course” is strongly advised.

Course 1: Sources


Module 1: Where it All Began

The Bible (in a translation that emphasizes accuracy; not a paraphrase)

Moody’s Atlas of the Bible

An Exhaustive Concordance of the student’s choice

An interlinear Bible for those who do not know Greek, or a lexicon for those who do (or both, if you like!)

A Commentary or a series of commentaries encompassing most of the Bible.

A Systematic Theology of the student’s choice

A Bible Atlas of the student’s choice [Eg., Zondervan’s]

How to Understand Your Bible by T. Norton Sterrett

Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation by Henry Virkler


Module 2: Church History

Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius

First and Second Apologies by Justin the Martyr

The Ante-Nicene Fathers by The Ante-Nicene Fathers

A History of the Christian Church (4th Edition) by Walker, Norris, Lotz, and Handy

City of God by St. Augustine

A book on the three ecumenical creeds of the student’s choice.


Module 3: The Integrity of the Biblical Documents

The Canon of the New Testament by Bruce Metzger

The Canon of Scripture by F. F. Bruce

The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? by F. F. Bruce

Misquoting Jesus by Bart Ehrman

Lost Christianities by Bart Ehrman

Testimony of the Four Evangelists by Simon Greenleaf

Revisiting the Corruption of the New Testament: Manuscript, Patristic, and Apocryphal Evidence by Daniel Wallace


Course 2: Apologetics


Module 4: Historicity of Jesus and the Resurrection

The Quest of the Historical Jesus by Albert Schweitzer

The Historical Jesus by Gary Habermas

Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Darrell Bock

Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morison

Evidences of Christianity by William Paley

The Historical Jesus: Five Views by James K. Beilby, Paul R. Eddy , Robert M. Price , John Dominic Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson, James D.G. Dunn, Darrell L. Bock

Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus edited by Michael Wilkins and J. P. Moreland


Module 5: The Argument from Morality and other Theistic Arguments

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis

Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N. T. Wright

Pensees by Blaise Pascal

The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins

God and Other Minds: A Study of the Rational Justification of Belief in God by Alvin Plantinga

The Privileged Planet: How Our Place in the Cosmos Is Designed for Discovery by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards


Module 6: Logic, Philosophy, and Worldview Analysis

Loving God with All Your Mind by Gene Edward Veith

Come Let Us Reason by Norman Geisler and Ronald M. Brooks

A Rulebook for Arguments by Anthony Weston

An Introduction to Philosophical Logic by A.C. Grayling

Problems in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell

Philosophy after Darwin: Classic and Contemporary Readings edited by Michael Ruse

Plato’s Dialogues


COURSE 3: Controversies


Module 7: The Pagan Christ?

The Golden Bough by James George Frazer

The Pagan Christ by Tom Harpur

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

God in the Dock by C. S. Lewis

Considerations of Methodology in the Study of the Mystery Religions and Early Christianity by Bruce Metzger


Module 8: Contemporary Arguments Against Christianity

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

God and Philosophy by Antony Flew

Why I am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell

Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity by John W. Loftus

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

Wandering in Darkness by Eleonore Stump


Module 9: Philosophical Arguments Against Christianity

An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Historic Doubts Relative to Napoleon Bonaparte by Richard Whately

Theology and Falsification (an essay) by Antony Flew

Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion by David Hume

Beyond Good and Evil Friedrich Nietzsche

Proslogium by St. Anselm


Course 4: Implications


Module 10: Origins — Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design

Natural Theology by William Paley

Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

The Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin

Evolution: The History of an Ideaby Peter J. Bowler

What is Evolution? by Ernst Mayr

Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells

Darwin on Trial by Philip E Johnson

The Genesis Flood by Henry Morris and John Whitcomb

Already Gone by Ken Ham

Genetic Entropy by J. C. Sanford


Module 11: Heresies

The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin

The Book of Mormon by?

The Koran by?

Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible by James W. Sire

The Burned-over District: The Social and Intellectual History of Enthusiastic Religion in Western New York by Whitney Cross

Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message by Ravi Zacharias

Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth by Alister McGrath


Module 12: Order of Creation

How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by Francis Schaeffer

Evolutionary Humanism by Julian Huxley

Eugenics and Other Evils by G.K. Chesterton

The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study of Ethics and Politics by Reinhold Niebuhr


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