Knowing what we believe and why we believe it, and being able to articulate that to our kids, is an essential part of Christian parenting. Initially inspired to dive into apologetics for my kids’ sake, I found that it bolstered my own faith, as well. While I’m still somewhat new to the study of apologetics, below are some helpful apologetics resources for Christian moms.
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Let me ask you something:
- Do you know what you believe about Christianity and why you believe it?
- Can you articulate it to others? To your kids?
- What do/will you tell your kids when they ask you how you know Christianity is true, or when they begin to question aspects of the Bible/the Christian faith (and they will!)?
If you don’t know the answers to those questions, now is the time to figure them out.
Because no matter how strong your faith is, your kids will likely question, at some point to some extent, the beliefs you’ve taught them – whether in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. And that’s a good thing! We want our children to be critical thinkers! When provided with adequate answers, that questioning will actually strengthen their faith, not weaken it.
The key there is “when provided with adequate answers.” Knowing, first of all, what we believe and why we believe it, and then being able to articulate it to our kids is KEY to raising kids who continue to love and serve the Lord. The more kids understand about the Christian faith from a young age, the better equipped they’ll be when their beliefs are – eventually and inevitably! – challenged.
This doesn’t mean we need to be able to answer all their questions about God (there are some things we won’t ever fully understand this side of Heaven). But we should be able to answer the big ones, at least, and be willing to find answers together to the ones we can’t.
Initially inspired to dive into apologetics for my kids’ sake, I found that it bolstered my own faith, as well. And now every new thing I learn only whets my appetite for more! While I’m still somewhat new to the study of apologetics, below are some of the resources I have found helpful, as well as some I’ve seen recommended and am eager to consume.
What Is “Apologetics”?
Let’s start with the definition of “apologetics,” since that term can be confusing at first. It sounds as if we’re apologizing for our faith, but that is not it at all!
Apologetics comes from the Greek word, apologia, which in ancient Athens referred to the defense made in a courtroom against an accusation. The word is used several times in the New Testament, and can be translated each time to “defense” or “vindication.”
In modern usage, it is defined as “reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.” (Oxford Languages)
In other words, Christian apologetics is the systematic, reasoned defense of the truth of the Christian faith. And it’s something in which all Christians should engage, in some form or other.
However, I’ve seen a lot of “apologists” do this badly, so we also need to keep in mind a few key points as we’re defending our faith:
- The goal of apologetics should always be strengthening our faith and others’ faith, as well as attracting people to the Gospel.
- We need to go deeper than mere talking points for the sake of “winning” arguments (more on that below).
- In that same vein, we should never put arguments above people. Apologetics should be done according to 1 Peter 3:15 – “with gentleness and respect” – and always in love. It’s best when done in relationship, whenever possible.
Apologetics Resources for Christian Moms
You’ll notice that while most of these resources address apologetics, specifically, some are for studying theology, in general. Rather than a memorized list of talking points, we want our defense of the faith to come from a deep understanding of its beliefs. We need to know what we believe and why we believe it, and that requires deepening our knowledge through the study of God and His Word (i.e. theology).
*** IMPORTANT NOTES: I have not read/listened to every resource in this list. Some have come on the recommendation of other resources I’ve found helpful.
Also, just because I recommend something, doesn’t mean I fully agree with everything it says. You won’t find a “perfect” teacher or resource. That’s why discernment is so important to develop and teach! But the following are great starting points – consider them springboards to spark further/deeper research.
- Cold-Case Christianity – J. Warner Wallace
- Cold-Case Christianity for Kids – J. Warner Wallace & Susie Wallace
- The Case For Christ – Lee Strobel
- The Case For Christ For Kids – Lee Strobel
- Mama Bear Apologetics – Hillary Morgan Ferrer & others
- Another Gospel? – Alisa Childers
- Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side – Natasha Crain (and other Natasha Crain books)
- Answers in Genesis for Kids books – Ken Ham (and other Ken Ham books)
- Reasonable Faith – William Lane Craig
- Tactics – Greg Koukl
- The Reason for God and Making Sense of God – Timothy Keller
- Church History in Plain Language – Bruce Shelley (theology)
- Mama Bear Apologetics
- Natasha Crain blog
- Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig
- Answers in Genesis with Ken Ham (for a new earth creationist perspective)
- CrossExamined with Frank Turek
- Every Woman a Theologian with Phylicia Masonheimer (theology)
- Risen Motherhood (theology – motherhood-specific)
- Momma Theologians (theology – motherhood-specific)
** You’ll notice some of these articles are not about apologetics, per se, but rather about logic, which is a very necessary and extremely important part of developing, teaching, and communicating apologetics.
- “8 Practical Tips to Help you Succeed in Studying Apologetics” – Alisa Childers
- “Why Your Children DO Need Apologetics: Correcting Misconceptions” – Mama Bear Apologetics
- “Teaching Our Kids to Spot Empty Statements” – Mama Bear Apologetics
- “Theology is for Moms of Little Ones, Too” – Risen Motherhood (theology)
- “A Quick Guide to Christian Terms” – Phylicia Masonheimer (theology)
- “How to Determine Core Doctrine” – Phylicia Masonheimer (theology)
- “God is Bigger Than Your Doctrine” – Phylicia Masonheimer (theology)
- “12 Fallacies to Avoid in Communication”
- “Logic’s Golden Question”
- The Cold Case Christianity Podcast with J. Warner Wallace
- The Alisa Childers Podcast
- The Natasha Crain Podcast
- Defenders Podcast with William Lane Craig
- Reasonable Faith with William Lane Craig
- Stand to Reason with Greg Koukl
- I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist with Frank Turek
- Bible Thinker with Mike Winger (theology)
- The Naked Bible Podcast (theology)
- Verity with Phylicia Masonheimer (theology)
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