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9 recommended books for skeptics and those investigating Christianity

Posted by Anne Witton on Friday, June 30, 2017 Under: Books

Maybe you’re already a Christian and would like some good books to give to friends who are interested in your faith, or would like to make sure that you have rigorously thought through what you believe. Or maybe you have doubts about Christianity and objections to the claims Christians make. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, I would highly recommend the books below.

  1. Gospel of John
    The best place to start is with one of the gospel accounts in the Bible itself. They all have their own particular flavour, but John’s my favourite. I’d recommend getting hold of a paper Bible, a comfy armchair and a cup of tea, but you can also read online if you’re keen to get started!  
  2. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
    There are very few people who write as well as C S Lewis and this book is one of his finest. Lewis sets out the rational basis for Christianity in a compelling and joy-filled introduction to Christianity.
  3. The Reason for God by Tim Keller
    Subtitled ‘Belief in an age of Scepticism’, this is a book of two parts - the first tackling common objections to the Christian faith and the second presenting compelling reasons for faith. It’s an intelligent and intellectually satisfying read which draws pleasingly on literary, philosophical and cultural sources.
  4. God’s Undertaker by John Lennox
    John Lennox is a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University. This book, subtitled ‘Has science buried God?’ explores the interaction between science and faith and argues compellingly that theism is a more plausible worldview for a scientist than atheism.
  5. Gunning for God by John Lennox
    Another excellent book from John Lennox. This one explicitly deals with the arguments of the New Atheists (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens) and explains why they have missed the mark.
  6. The Case Against Christ by John Young
    John Young acts as council for the defence and invites readers to make their own decision about the evidence for Christ. Includes questions for group discussion.
  7. Letters From a Skeptic by G. and E. Boyd
    This books takes the form of a series of fascinating letters between a Christian son and his agnostic father. It tackles questions such as: Do all non-Christians go to hell? How can we believe a man rose from the dead? Why is the world so full of suffering? How do we know the Bible was divinely inspired? Does God know the future?
  8. Why God Won’t Go Away by Alister McGrath
    This book isn’t so much an argument for the Christian faith, but rather a balanced look at the claims of New Atheism by the eminent Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist.
  9. Simply Christian by N. T. Wright
    Tom Wright clearly and eloquently presents the Christian message through an exploration of justice, beauty and love. He shows how the Bible is exciting and relevant to our lives in 21st century Britain.
Here are 6 bonus books that I haven’t read yet, but are on my wish list :

The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus by Lee Strobel
The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel
Who Moved the Stone? by Frank Morison
More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
The Evidence for Jesus by R. T. France

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