BUILDING A GOOD EVIDENCES LIBRARY
by Wayne S. Walker
In a study of evidences, sometimes people want to know what are some good books on the subject which they can read to help them understand the issues better and then explain them to others in giving a reason for the hope that is within them (1 Peter 3:15). Many, many such books are available, but I will suggest only those which I have and am familiar with. All of the works cited here are listed in recent catalogues published by bookstores operated by brethren. However, books often go in and out of print faster than a greased pig at a county fair, so some of them may no longer be available new. Yet, there are always used bookstores and Internet used book searches!
First, we want to begin with some classic works. Most of these were first published many, many years ago, but they approach the subject from primarily a philosophical standpoint, and their argumentation is still valid. Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible by John W. Haley, republished by the Gospel Advocate Company, is a standard reference work in its field. It deals with many claims of discrepancies in the Bible by unbelievers and convincingly disproves them. Reason and Revelation by Robert Milligan is now published by Faith and Facts, Inc. It deals extensively with the divine origin of the Bible, fulfilled prophecy, the canon, the integrity of the Bible, hermeneutics, and other related topics.
Evidences of Christianity by John William McGarvey is also now published by Faith and Facts, Inc. This two-part study discusses the internal evidence of prophecies and the external evidence related to canon and textual criticism. The Man of Galilee by Atticus G. Haygood, republished by Guardian of Truth Foundation, presents Jesus as His own evidence of His deity and can be used in classes on evidence or for sermons. I Believe Because by Batsell Barrett Baxter, published by Baker Book House, is a popular presentation on the reasons for the Christian’s faith that can be used for personal or group study. It was the text-book for my own college evidences class.
There are many newer works, especially by brethren, which are helpful. Introduction to Christian Evidences by Ferrell Jenkins, published by Guardian of Truth Foundation, is a thorough study originally intended for use in a college classroom but written in a popular style by my college evidences professor. Evidences Notebook by Greg Gwin, published by Faith and Facts, Inc., is an excellent presentation on the subject with questions for classwork; the material has been used in gospel meetings and is very well received. Standing on Solid Ground by T. Doy Moyer, published by Norris Book Company, is a more recent book that appears to have some very valuable information.
How to Preach and Teach on Christian Evidences (or Set for the Defense) by Gordon Wilson, now published by C. E. I., is a handy little book that tells the "what" and the "how" for the concerned teacher or preacher in this day of surging unbelief. I have found it very beneficial. Has God Spoken? by Arnold O. Schnabel, who is an engineer with a M. S. and is a gospel preacher, is a study on the scientific accuracy of the Bible arranged in terms of the different fields of science, with Biblical passages related to each. I have found it extremely interesting and useful. It has recently been reprinted. The Roots of Our Hope by Paul Nagy, published by the Bible Education Institute, Inc., is a good presentation of the history of the Bible. I do not know whether it is available for purchase now, but I have had a few copies that were given to me by the author.
Regarding the topic of evolution, new books are being brought out frequently, but an old standby that is still good is Genes, Genesis, and Evolution by John W. Klotz, published by Concordia and based upon the recent discovery of the molecular structure of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in heredity, with as strong a case against evolution as can be built. It was the textbook for my college class in evolution and the Bible. Two other books on evidences that I have read recently and found beneficial are Miracles by C. S. Lewis and More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell. A number of other good books on these topics are available, but the ones mentioned here are a good start and will provide a solid basis for a study of evidences. (—taken and adapted from With All Boldness; August, 1998; Vol. 8, No. 8; p. 23)