Source Material for Whatever is True

For the last eight weeks, my wife and I have been teaching a class called “Whatever is True: A Christian Worldview in a Post-Christian World.” The goal of the class was to serve as an introduction to worldview thinking and to bolster confidence in the Christian worldview among the plethora of opposing worldviews that are prevalent today. The content of the class was derived from various sources, including the books listed below. I would commend these books to any Christian who desires to shift out of “intellectual neutral” and be ready to give a defense for the Christian worldview (1 Peter 3:15).

The list below is categorized under the following headings:

  1. Worldviews
  2. Apologetics
  3. Christian Life and the Church
  4. Philosophy

I’ve also assigned a difficulty level for each book.

  • EASY = Anyone can read this
  • MEDIUM = A High School diploma is all you need
  • HARD = Engage your brain
  • VERY HARD = Time to worship God with your mind.

Worldviews


How Now Shall We Live?

by Charles Colson and Nancy PearceyHow Now Shall We Live

Difficulty: MEDIUM

Charles Colson is the author of 16 books that have collectively sold over 5 million copies, and he is the founder of Prison Fellowship Ministries. In How Now Shall We Live, Colson explores Christianity as more than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but a worldview that answers the basic questions of life. When understood properly, Christianity will inform all our decisions and allow us to live according to God’s plan of redemption.

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Finding Truth

by Nancy Pearcey

Finding Truth

Difficulty: MEDIUM

Nancy Pearcey is the Director of the Center for Christian Worldview, Professor of Apologetics and Scholar in Residence at Houston Baptist University. In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview, delivering a critical reality check to secularism and providing a robust and cogent argument for human dignity.

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Total Truth

by Nancy PearceyTotal Truth

Difficulty: HARD

Pearcey offers a razor-sharp analysis of the public/private split, explaining how it reflects a division in the concept of truth itself and functions as a gatekeeper, ruling Christian principles out of bounds in the public arena. She teaches her readers how to liberate Christianity from its cultural captivity and makes a passionate case that Christianity is not just religious truth, but the truth about total reality.

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Apologetics


Reasonable Faith

by William Lane CraigReasonable Faith

Difficulty: VERY HARD

William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. He has authored or edited over 30 books, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology. This book is a tour de force of philosophical arguments for the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

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On Guard

by William Lane CraigOn Guard

Difficulty: EASY

A concise and approachable guide to Christian apologetics, complete with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable flow charts for evangelistic discussions. If you want to be prepared to defend your faith in conversation, start here.

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Mere Christianity

by C. S. LewisMere Christianity

Difficulty: EASY

C. S. Lewis is one of the most well-known and celebrated Christian authors of the 20th century. This book was originally a series of radio addresses given on the BBC by Lewis from 1942-1944, the chief aim of which was to explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times.

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Christian Life and the Church


Love Your God With All Your Mind

by J. P. MorelandLove Your God With All Your Mind

Difficulty: MEDIUM

J. P. Moreland is Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology. Beginning with a brief study of the rise of anti-intellectualism in the church during the 20th Century, Moreland presents a case for the role of the mind in spiritual formation. He challenges Christians of all stripes and vocations to engage intellectually as responsible members of the Kingdom of God.

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Kingdom Triangle

by J. P. MorelandKingdom Triangle

Difficulty: MEDIUM

A twenty-first-century Christian manifesto for recapturing the drama and power of Kingdom living. Moreland begins with a penetrating critique of the failure of the postmodern and naturalistic worldviews to provide for a life infused with meaning and substance. He then proceeds to challenge the evangelical Christian community to mature by recovering the Christian mind, renovating the heart, and restoring the power of the Holy Spirit to the center of the Christian life.

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Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church

by D. A. CarsonBecoming Conversant with the Emerging Church

Difficulty: MEDIUM

D. A. Carson serves as Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is the President and Co-Founder of The Gospel Coalition. This book is an informed and skillful assessment of the effects of postmodernism on the church at large. He gives examples of the “emerging church” movement and discusses its strengths and weaknesses in detail.

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Philosophy


Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

by J. P. Moreland and William Lane CraigPhilosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview

Difficulty: VERY HARD

Philosophy aids Christians in the task of apologetics, polemics and systematic theology. It reflects our having been made in the image of God, helps us to extend biblical teaching into areas not expressly addressed in Scripture, facilitates the spiritual discipline of study, enhances the boldness and self-image of the Christian community, and is requisite to the essential task of integrating faith and learning. In this book, J. P. Moreland and William Lane Craig offer a comprehensive introduction to philosophy from a Christian perspective. This book takes a broad sweep across various subdisciplines of philosophy including epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of science, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Arguments are clearly presented and rival theories are presented with fairness and accuracy. This is a lively and thorough introduction to philosophy for all who want to know reality.

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Symbolic Logic

by Tony Roy

Difficulty: MEDIUM

Tony Roy is Professor of Philosophy at California State University San Bernardino. Symbolic Logic is an accessible introduction to serious mathematical logic. It is not yet available for purchase, but he has made the first chapter available online right here. This text is very helpful in developing an understanding of validity and soundness in an argument.