There’s sometimes a challenge with finding the right resources to study apologetics or counter apologetics. I hope this quick resource guild will help anyone who’s interested in studying further.
In the early Christian church, when the first apologies were beginning to be written by the more educated people that were being converted to Christianity, there were many very well thought out apologies, because these people were truly defending their faith, and contending with the many scribal changes, errors, and discrepancies in the texts.
Today, they’re split into two styles that I’ve been able to figure out. There are the very honest, true believer types of apoligists. These would include things by Alvin Plantinga, Ray Comfort, or C.S. Lewis. While Comfort may not be good at it, he’s friendly and honest to a fault. Lewis had a mastery of the langauge. Plantinga is a master logician.
The other style is that of William Lane Craig or Answers in Genesis. These are are the more dishonest apologies. They rely more on Sophist tactics of out arguing someone to win the debate, rather than making a logical argument, or even a good theological argument. The tactics are far more dishonest than most. Having debated many of Craig’s students, believe me, it’s like trying to herd cats…that are dead.
Some good sites to use for apologies are
Counter-apologetics have two real types as well.
The first is the type you see from The Atheist Experience, people like Matt Dillahunty, or Christopher Hitchens. These are very in your face, hard nosed counters. They’re accurate and effective, but won’t win friends easily.
The newer school of thought comes from Peter Boghossian and John Loftus. These are very close to the friendly, I’m here to help you style that Christian evangelists use.
Resources here are:
One of the harder to research topics, of course, will be Islam. You may see this from time to time, though, so I have some resources.
For Islamic apologetics:
There are a couple good places for Christian counter apologetics to Islamic arguments, which is an interesting dynamic.
And there really isn’t much from the Atheist side in counter apologetics here. I think this is because a large portion of the Atheist community tends to be liberally aligned politically, and people still have trouble separating criticizing a belief with being ethnocentric.
The best I have here is Sam Harris or Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Also, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s controversial video, Submission, is pretty powerful for counter apologetics.
I hope this helps. Let me know if there’s anything more I can do, or questions I can help with. You can always email me at the address below.
Contributor: Robert Sacerich
Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.
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