I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new apologetics series from Christian Focus Publications entitled The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered. The goal of the series is to offer credible answers to some of the most pressing questions asked by skeptics and other non-Christians in the Western world. As the series title indicates, there are ten books planned in total, each addressing a different question. The series is being co-edited by yours truly and Greg Welty, associate professor of philosophy at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. (On a personal note, it’s a privilege to work on this project with Dr. Welty, who is not only an outstanding Christian scholar but also a dear friend.)
The books are pitched at educated, thoughtful laypersons, providing answers to the title questions that are both intellectually robust and theologically orthodox, while avoiding (where possible) Christian jargon and technical philosophical discussions. Written in a conversational style, the books are addressed to unbelievers but will also prove (we hope) to be a useful and edifying resource for believers. Indeed, our desire is that Christians will read them and think, “These would be perfect to give to my non-Christian friends and colleagues who are asking those very questions.”
The first two books in the series have just been released: Does Christianity Really Work? by William Edgar, and my own contribution, Why Should I Believe Christianity? I plan to post separately about these two volumes over the next few days.
Our goal moving forward is to see two books published each year (although the usual caveats about “the best laid plans” apply here as they do anywhere else!).
Here are ten titles in the series, with the contracted authors:
- Does Christianity Really Work? (William Edgar)
- Why Should I Believe Christianity? (James N. Anderson)
- Why Is There Evil in the World (And So Much of It)? (Greg Welty)
- Hasn’t Science Shown That We Don’t Need God? (Alistair Donald)
- Is There Really Only One Way to God? (Daniel Strange)
- Why Do I Personally Experience Evil and Suffering? (Mark Talbot)
- Why Does the God of the Old Testament Seem So Violent and Hateful? (Richard P. Belcher, Jr.)
- Why Should I Trust the Bible? (TBD)
- How Could a Loving God Send Anyone to Hell? (TBD)
- If Christianity Is So Good, Why Are Christians So Bad? (TBD)
Our hope and prayer is that Christ will be glorified and his kingdom extended through this series of apologetics resources.