Respect, compassion, empathy and listening are key (1 Corinthians 13). 

Apologetics usually revolves around discussion and reasoning. It is easy to think about it as a debate and lose sight of the person you are commanded to love. You are striving to win a soul, not an argument. Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask questions. This is a book that gives good, practical advice on how to engage people in discussions: Tactics by Greg Koukl.
  • “Answer science with science and faith with faith.” Faith-based answers to science-based arguments rarely work.
  • Pray and rely on the Holy Spirit.


Strongly recommended: 

  • Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell - This is a major resource covering a number of key topics including evidence for the Bible, Jesus, prophesy, miracles, and other hot topics.

Other recommended reading and videos for apologetics:

  • Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis - this Christian classic is an excellent example of a common sense, reasoned approach 
  • The "Case for..." series by Lee Strobel (Case for Christ, Case for Faith, Case for Miracles, etc.)

Recommended videos for apologetics: