1 Peter 3:15-16 reads:
But in your hearts set apart Christ as LORD. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
(New International Version, http://www.biblestudytools.com/1-peter/3.html)
Knowing the impact that Christians who follow this instruction have had in my own life, I have sought to follow it as closely as possible. To be able to “give an answer” when I can. Perhaps my reputation for doing this spread a little amongst my fellow churchgoers, because I have found more and more recently that I get asked a lot of questions. Admittedly, my response often resorts to a line that I taught to members of the Bible study groups I used to lead: “I am not sure I can answer your question, but if you really want an answer, I will try to find one.”
Usually, when trying to answer people’s genuine questions*, or at least set them in a helpful direction, I generally refer them to one of several websites. In light of a recent increase in the number of questions I’ve been asked, here follows a list of the websites I have found most useful in helping fellow believers consider possible answers to their faith dilemmas.
* Genuine questions from genuine open-minded seekers, as in, not questions for the sake of being irritating!
I list these with the clear understanding that no apologetics ministry is infallible, and that all statements of faith must be measured against the Word of God (the Bible). I am also a firm believer in academic freedom-of-thought, where all views deserve a reasonable voice in discourse.
If you have any suggested apologetics links, feel free to list them in the comments boxes. Be aware that more than one or two links will probably result in your comments being filtered for moderation / spam!
Creation Ministries International (Australia)
Creation: Frequently Asked Questions (Australia)
Creation Magazine (Australia)
Alien Intrusion (Australia)
Institute for Creation Research
Archaeological Diggings Magazine
Tekton Apologetics Ministry
Koorong Books – Academic (Australia)
Biblical Hermeneutics (Australia)
Kevin Conner E-Store (Australia)
There are many, many books available on apologetics topics. Some books that I have read and found helpful are:
More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell
The Jesus I Never Knew by Philip Yancey
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
In Six Days edited by John F. Ashton
The Creation Answers Book by Don Batten et. al.
Jesus Among Other Gods by Ravi Zacharias