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Top Ten Christian Apologists

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  1. My Ten Favorite Living Christian Apologists:

    1) John Lennox
    2) David Bentley Hart
    3) Edward Feser (5 Proofs for God)
    4) William Lane Craig (Reasonable Faith)
    5) Michael Jones (Inspiring Philosophy)
    6) Dan Wallace
    7) Joshua Rasmussen
    8) Ravi Zacharias
    9) Lee Strobel
    10) Cameron Bertuzzi

  2. Hello my friend….i watch a lott of the men of your list on youtube 2 learn and find it facinating as an MUSLIM….have you ever watched also MUSLIM speakers on youtube :)???

  3. Hey thank you for actually doing this list. Though I'm Catholic I've gotten a lot out listen to a number of other Christians, both lay and of the more intellectual/priestly class, and this helps in furthering what can be gained, as opposed to at least what has been defined as ecumenism in my neck of the woods.

  4. My "top ten list" would be the following:

    1. Eleonore Stump (does very interesting work in Aquinas scholarship and has written extensively on the problem of Hell; my favorite work of hers is Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering )

    2. Peter van Inwagen ( one of America's leading metaphysicians; he writes on all sorts of topics, some that are irrelevant to the philosophy of religion, but my favorite works of his on religion would be his works on freedom and the problem of evil. My favorite collection of his is God, Knowledge & Mystery: Essays in Philosophical Theology ).

    3. Brian Davies (no longer living, however, his works are all great. He was an Aquinas scholar and tried to dissolve the problem of evil from a Thomistic perspective. He also has many introductory works on Aquinas and the philosophy of religion in general).

    4. William Lane Craig ( Craig has built a franchise around himself and has said a little about everything. His research into the cosmological argument is probably the most important contribution of his and his book, The Cosmological Argument: From Plato to Leibniz is a masterpiece of scholarship. Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology is also a great work and if you haven't read Quentin Smith, his co-author, he is also a fantastic philosopher).

    5. Alexander Pruss ( Alexander Pruss has done magnificent work on the cosmological argument and on a defense of the principle of sufficient reason. I read his book on the PSR and I've enjoyed reading his blog for some time now, but I have yet to read his collection of papers, One Body , where he defends traditional Christian sexual ethics, which I've been trying to get around to).

    6. Robert Koons (Great Lutheran philosopher. Has written on quite a few topics, but if you're interested in a strong criticism of materialism, see his article in The Waning of Materialism ).

    7. Francis Collins (Collins is simply a great scientist and the time he spends in harmonizing science with faith is admirable. Language of God is a great work of his, but his public lectures, which you can find on YouTube, are also great. Like Craig, Collins has kind of built a franchise for himself and has produced an astounding amount of material.)

    8. N.T Wright ( Very fun-to-read New Testament scholar. Most notably defends the resurrection on historical grounds, most famously in The Resurrection of the Son of God , which is very long, but also in his much briefer book, Surprised by Hope . Also has some very interesting public lectures. On that front, I'd recommend his dialogue with philosopher, Shelly Kagan, at the Veritas forum, where they discuss life, death, and the afterlife).

    9. John Hick (Great 20th century Christian philosopher, no longer living however. That said, he was a very caring philosopher whose main contributions were to the problem of evil, as well as his contributions to the debate over religious pluralism and our experience of God).

    10. Alvin Plantinga (Not sure why I put him tenth. Out of all of these figures, he is probably the most important, not only for his work but for his revival of Christian philosophy in the later part of the 20th century. Not the biggest fan of his work on the problem of evil, but his work on epistemology is unparalleled by any Christian philosopher. Warranted Christian Belief is my favorite work of his, but I also like the book he co-authored with Michael Tooley, although I forgot what it was titled. Where the Conflict Really Lies is also great. )

    If I had two more spots, I would throw in Robert Adams and Richard Swinburne. My favorites from your list would be Moreland, Craig, and Geisler. I read Habermas' book with Flew, but haven't read much else by him, although I think I understand what he is going for. Perhaps, when I find the time, I look more into him. The only other thinker on your list I've read is Turek; I remember briefly skimming the fourth chapter of Wallace's book, God's Crime Scene , but I haven't looked into much else of his. If I recall correctly, Hugh Ross has an essay in The Creation Hypothesis , which I got mostly for Moreland's contributions. I also remember him debating Ken Ham, which was a noble task, as Ham is — and I hope I'm not being polemic — an utter hack and dishonest debater. Lee Strobel is a familiar name and story to me, but I haven't read either of his books that I'm familiar with (which would be The Case for Christ and The Case for a Creator . I haven't read Lennox, but I have watched a few of his debates and enjoyed them. The Dawkins-debate gets a lot of air time, but I enjoy his debate with Gideon Rosen, who shares my mathematical nominalist worldview. I don't think I've ever read or heard of Ravi Zacharias, but he is quite far up on your list, so I'll have to check him out.

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