Apologetics resources for high school students

High School

  • ACSI Apologetics Curriculum: The Association of Christian Schools International’s program objective is “to teach students to articulate and defend the truth of the gospel through research, writing, and blogging”.
  • The Case for ChristThe Case for Faith, and The Case For a Creator: Former journalist and apologist Lee Strobel transformed his award-winning books into these six session each DVD series.
  • The Unshakeable Truth: In this DVD father and son apologists Josh and Sean McDowell “present apologetics relationally, showing how right believing affects both believers and people they encounter”.
  • Focus on the Family: The Truth Project: This video apologetics series with Dr. Del Tackett is a great resource for small groups.
  • Focus on the Family: Does God Exist? In this DVD study, Dr. Stephen Meyer “examines the evidence and provides the tools needed for students to defend their faith and make it their own. This is the perfect resource for students preparing to enter college and a culture that may be hostile to their faith.”
  • Focus on the Family: Is the Bible Reliable?: This resource is “a ten part DVD curriculum building the case for the reliability of the Bible as a historical document. It is the second in the line of Focus on the Family’s True U series, which take the viewer into the university classroom to explore various aspects of the biblical worldview.”
  • I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist: Apologist Frank Turek “uses logic science and hard historical evidence to show why the Bible is true and why it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist than a Christian” in this 10 part DVD series.
  • Summit Ministries’ Thinking Like a Christian and Countering Culture: These apologetics series Sunday school curriculums are “an engaging 12-week study of the Christian worldview” and “worldview analysis”.
  • The Case for ChristThe Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator (Student Editions): Lee Strobel’s fantastic series of investigative books revamped in these student edition versions.
  • Living Loud: Defending Your Faith: This apologetics book by Norman Geisler and Joseph Holden is especially geared towards high school students so that “every student can feel bold and confident in defending their faith.”
  • Smart Faith: Loving God with All Your Mind: J.P. Moreland and Mark Matlock teach you how to “embrace the mind’s role in spiritual formation and acquire new spiritual disciplines” in this book about smart faith.
  • Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God: This book by popular writer and speaker Sean McDowell is meant for leaders who wish to engage with the emerging generation about Christ, but can be useful for High School students as well.
  • Tactics: A Gameplan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions: Apologist Greg Koukl “provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace” in this great apologetics resource.
  • Tactics in Defending the Faith Interactive DVD: “Included are six one-hour interactive sessions on DVD with discussion, role-playing, self-assessment quizzes, recall exercises, memory tools, games, and competition. Comprehensive leader and student manuals are included in PDF for printing and copying.”
  • Responding to Relativism: A Conversation with Dr. Francis Beckwith and Gregory Koukl: By Summit Ministries, this DVD “small-group resource focuses on the death of truth in contemporary society. It prepares you to respond in a gracious yet effective manner.” Includes leader’s manual and student worksheets.
  • Know Why You Believe: Paul E. Little answers big questions about Christianity in this fairly short apologetics book and includes a study guide for individuals or groups.
  • How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong? Responding to Objections that Leave Christians Speechless: This book is perfect for the objections raised to Christianity in our postmodern world. Author Paul Copan teaches you how to respond to the challenges brought up by non-Christians.
  • True for You But Not for Me, Defeating the Slogans that Leave Christians Speechless: Paul Copan gives “fast, effective answers to today’s tough questions and slogans that often leave Christians speechless” in another great apologetics book. You can also access the study guide for the book here.
  • When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics: Paul Copan again teaches us to defend our faith at starbucks, the mall, school, or wherever we are in this apologetics book for countering cultural questions.
  • That’s Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith: “This book provides incisive answers to slogans related to truth and reality; theism, pantheism/Eastern religion, and naturalism; and doctrinal issues such as the incarnation and truth of Scripture.”
  • Who Made God? And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith: Got tough questions? Ravi Zacharias and Norman Geisler probably have the answer to them in this book. It also includes a study guide.
  • The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism:  “Written with atheists, agnostics, and skeptics in mind, Keller also provides an intelligent platform on which true believers can stand their ground when bombarded by the backlash.” You can access a free study guide to the book here.
  • The Reason for God DVD Series: “Captured live and unscripted, pastor and author Timothy Keller meets with a group of people over six sessions to address their doubts and objections to Christianity. Using literature, philosophy, real-life experiences, and the Bible, Keller and the group explore the truth of Christianity. This DVD will help you think about and engage others in dialogue on six common objections to Christianity.”
  • Hard Questions, Real Answers: The great author, debator, and philosopher Dr. William Lane Craig answers some of our hardest questions in this exceptional apologetics book. It is great not only for high schoolers but for anyone seeking answers.
  • On Guard: Defending Your Faith with Reason and Precision: “This concise guide is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help Christians stand their ground and defend their faith with reason and precision.”
  • On Guard DVD Companion: “William Lane Craig’s “On Guard” will help teach you how to defend your faith through this collection of 8 videos sessions on one disc. Over the weeks of study, you will learn eight apologetics arguments and gain insight, understanding, and application.”
  • Stand Your Ground: An Introductory Text for Apologetics Students: This is great introductory material for students new to apologetics. “Dean Hardy takes readers on a spiritual and intellectual journey, addressing such issues as the nature of truth and reality, the investigation of other worldviews, the evidence for Christianity, critics’ arguments against Christianity, and the relationship between apologetics and evangelism.”
  • Reason to Believe Apologetics Academy: “Reasons Academy offers a high school science apologetics program designed to prepare students to stand strong in the faith amid the challenges of a secular culture.”
  • Good Science, Good Faith: From apologetics ministry Reasons to Believe, this course “combines what students have learned in their science textbooks with the best biblical research.”
  • Frank Turek’s “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist” DVD Series: In this 10 part series, “in an informative and entertaining way Frank uses logic science and hard historical evidence to show why the Bible is true and why it takes a lot more faith to be an atheist than to be a Christian.”

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