Studying Apologetics

Introduction: This part of the website will be devoted to the study and discipline of Apologetics or defending the Faith. This includes Evangelism; missions; the Great Commission; the discipline of polemics in refuting atheism, cults, false religions, and deviant forms of Christianity; as well as presenting arguments in the defense of the infallible truth and authority of the Bible, Christ’s divine glory, and His resurrection from the dead. The faithful ministry of the Word includes the work and discipline of defending the Gospel against all forms of unbelief and false religion. This includes the faithful preaching of the Gospel in public services of worship, adult Sunday school classes, College and Seminary course work, evangelistic ministry, counseling others, political consulting. Mt.28:18-20; Acts 7, 17:16-34; 1 Pet.3:15; Jude.

*John Calvin said, “When Christ calls us to salvation, He calls us at the same time to defend His name and doctrine in the world.”

Testimony: My work in apologetics is Biblical, theological, covenantal, practical, Christ-centered, as well as Reformed and Puritan. It is driven largely from my exposition of Scripture (preaching and teaching the Word of God), and over 25 years of studying Theology, Apologetics, Biblical Theology, Old and New Testament Survey, Church History, and Historical Theology. While I am a presupposionalist by conviction, (in the line of Van Til, Bahnsen, and Frame), I believe that Reformed Apologetics has lacked over the years the integration of all the theological disciplines, the exposition of Scripture, Biblical scholarship, a Puritan conviction, and a pastoral emphasis. Reformed Apologetics in the past has often been too academic, philosophical, and pedantic, even though it is supposed to be entirely based on the Bible and sound Biblical doctrine. My goal has been to remedy this problem. Biblical Apologetics should, therefore, include not only a defense and explanation of Apologetical theory (i.e. Presuppositionalism) but also all the other aspects that contribute to what it means to defend the Christian Faith using all the weapons and armory available; but to begin with and end with Scripture. Apologetics should not only be governed by Scripture, but based on Scripture, such as Jesus’ own Sermons and Preaching; Stephen’s apologetical defense before the Jewish council in Acts 7; Paul’s refutation of false religion in Col.2; John’s refutation of Gnosticism in 1 John; or Jude’s condemnation of Antinomianism! In fact, I believe that a comprehensive knowledge of the Bible: Old and New Testament Survey, as well as the Reformed Confessions, is the necessary foundation for Biblical Apologetics. And it also helps to have a comprehensive knowledge of the history of theology and philosophy.

*Jonathan Edwards said, “The best defense of the Gospel is through the faithful preaching of the Gospel.”

  • A Students Level Course in Apologetics
  • The Westminster Standards
  • John Calvin – Truth for All Time
  • A.M. Hodgkin – Christ in all the Scriptures
  • Louis Berkhof – A Manual of Christian Doctrine
  • Brett Woody – Love for God and the Defense of the Faith (4 Sermons)
  • Richard Pratt – Every Thought Captive
  • Nathan Busenitz – Reasons We Believe
  • Biblical and Theological Foundations for Advanced Apologetics
  • The Reformed Confessions
  • The Westminster Standards
  • John Calvin’s – Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • William Ames – Marrow of Theology
  • Thomas Watson – A Body of Divinity
  • Francis Turretin – Institutes of Elenctic Theology
  • Louis Berkhof – Systematic Theology
  • Matthew Henry – Commentary on the Bible in 6 Volumes
  • John Calvin – Commentaries on the Bible in 22 Volumes
  • Brett Woody – Christ Revealed in the Holy Scriptures (120 Lectures)
  • Brett Woody – Apologetics to the Glory of God (50 Sermons)
  • Joel Beeke – Reformed Systematic Theology, Volume 1
  • Joel Beeke – Living for God’s Glory
  • John Frame – Salvation Belongs to the Lord: An Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Apologetical Method
  • Cornelius Van Til – The Defense of the Faith
  • Cornelius Van Til – Christian Apologetics
  • John Frame – Apologetics to the Glory of God
  • Greg Bahnsen – Always Ready
  • Greg Bahnsen – Presuppositional Apologetics
  • Greg Bahnsen – Van Til’s Apologetic
  • Brett Woody – Apologetics to the Glory of God (50 Sermons on the 1 Peter 3:15)
  • Brett Woody – Stephen’s Apologetics Address (14 Sermons on Acts 7)
  • McManis – Biblical Apologetics
  • Oliphint – Covenantal Apologetics
  • Jerusalem and Athens
  • The Portable Presuppositionalist
  • Steve Nichols – An Absolute Sort of Certainty (On Jonathan Edwards)
  • Bauchum – Expository Apologetics
  • Views on Apologetics:
  • Five Views on Apologetics
  • Boa and Bowman – Faith Has Its Reasons
  • Morely – Mapping Apologetics
  • On The Use of Evidences:
  • Cornelius Van Til – Theistic Evidences
  • Tom Notaro – Van Til and the Use of Evidence
  • Brett Woody – Lectures on the Old and New Testament
  • Bernard Ramm – Protestant Christian Evidences
  • Leander Keyser – A System of Christian Evidences
  • Paul Barnett – Is the New Testament Reliable
  • David Bogue – Essay on the Divine Authority of the New Testament
  • F.F. Bruce – The Defense of the Gospel in the New Testament
  • Henry Morris – Many Infallible Proofs
  • Classical Apologetics:
  • Greg Bahnsen – Debate and Refutation of R.C. Sproul
  • Brett Woody – Sermon on Classical Apologetics and its Errors
  • Charles Hodge – Systematic Theology Volume 1 (the best of the worst)
  • Reforming Apologetics –  John Fesko (Read my review of the book on Amazon)
  • John Gerstner – Reasons for Faith (garbage)
  • Sproul and Gerstner – Classical Apologetics (garbage but useful)

Brett Woody, Pastor-Teacher