Recommended Catholic and Christian Books
(and some challenging non-Catholic ones)


Selected books from my library (linked below)

Brief List: Best of Catholic Apologetics, Theology, Science, and Protestant Anti-Catholic

Computer Books, Software, Hardware, Programming

Catholic Apologetics, Theology, Church History and Religious (books not in the brief list above)

Brief List: Apologetics, Theology, Science

I have included several categories: Doctrine and Official Teaching, Catholic and Christian Apologetics, Conversion Stories, Creation/Evolution, and some Protestant/Evangelical/Orthodox books that respond to Catholic teaching.

DOCTRINE AND OFFICIAL TEACHINGCatechism of the Catholic Church (also available at your local bookstore)

Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994)
THE authoritative source for doctrine, quotes extensively from Scripture, the Fathers, the Councils, the Popes

Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott (TAN Books, 1974)Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma by Ludwig Ott (TAN Books 1974)
The best source for precise definitions of Catholic dogma and the development of doctrine from Scripture, the Fathers, the Councils, the Popes -- the entire Catholic faith and heretical opposition through the centuries is found in this classic work

CATHOLIC AND CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS

Handbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft andHandbook of Christian Apologetics by Peter Kreeft/Fr. Ron Tacelli (Intervarsity Press, 1994) Fr. Ronald Tacelli, SJ (Intervarsity Press 1994)
A modern classic that covers the basic apologetic issues, answers to hundreds of questions and objections from non-Christians and atheists in the Summa format of St. Thomas Aquinas, covers faith and reason, the existence of God, the problem of evil, the divinity of Christ and His Resurrection, the Bible, life after death, Christianity and other religions -- more rigorous and convincing than Evangelical apologists such as Josh McDowell

Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians" by Karl Keating (Ignatius Press, 1988)Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on "Romanism" by "Bible Christians" by Karl Keating (Ignatius Press 1988)
The book that began the recent wave of Catholic apologetics, extremely well-written and politely argued, contains rebuttals to anti-Catholic groups, a chapter on how we know the Bible is inspired, and presents Biblical arguments for all the major Catholic doctrines and beliefs -- many Fundamentalists have tried to refute this book but it still stands up overall quite well, see also Keating's more recent books The Usual Suspects and Controversies: High-Level Catholic Apologetics

A History of Apologetics by Avery Cardinal Dulles (Ignatius Press, 2005, orig 1971)
A grand history of the apologetics movement in Christianity, from the New Testament to the Fathers, Doctors, the Middle Ages, Reformation and beyond, to modern apologetics -- William Lane Craig has called the Cardinal's original book "a scholarly masterpiece and an invaluable reference work" (Reasonable Faith, preface)

A Biblical Defense of Catholicism by Dave Armstrong (1st Books/Sophia Institute Press, 2001, 2003)A Biblical Defense of Catholicism by Dave Armstrong (Sophia Institute Press, 2003)
An outstanding volume making a biblical case for Catholicism, written by the amazing online apologist, see also the sequel More Biblical Evidence

Upon This Rock: St. Peter and the Primacy of Rome in Scripture and the Early Church by Stephen K. Ray (Ignatius Press 1999)
By the author of Crossing the Tiber, this volume in the Modern Apologetics Library series is a comprehensive study of the Biblical and patristic evidence for the primacy of St. Peter and the Papacy in the early Church, this study serves as a detailed reply to recent anti-Catholic efforts by William Webster and James White to undermine the Papacy, over 300 pages and fully documented from ancient and modern Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant historical works, Biblical commentaries, and the Church Fathers -- a nice companion to Jesus, Peter, and the Keys by Scott Butler, Norm Dahlgren, David Hess (Queenship, 1996)

Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy by Patrick Madrid (Basilica Press 1999)
From the editor of Envoy Magazine, a book that answers all the well-known objections to the Papacy from the Bible and provides responses to the classic "problem" issues involving Popes Liberius (Arianism), Vigilius (Monophysitism), Gregory the Great (the meaning of "universal bishop"), Honorius (Monothelitism), Sixtus V (his Latin Vulgate), Pius XII (during WWII)

Not By Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura edited by Robert Sungenis (Queenship Publishing, 1997)Not By Scripture Alone: A Catholic Critique of the Protestant Doctrine of Sola Scriptura edited by Robert Sungenis with contributors Philip Blosser, Joseph Gallegos, and others (Queenship Publishing 1997)
This work will remain the most comprehensive refutation of the primary Protestant principle well into the new millennium, answers the current Evangelical critics of Catholicism such as James White, John MacArthur, Norm Geisler/Ralph MacKenzie, demolishes alleged support for Sola Scriptura with impressive chapters by Bob Sungenis (Biblical texts and Protestant objections), Joe Gallegos (Church Fathers), Phil Blosser (philosophical/practical problems) -- over 600 pages!

Not By Faith Alone: The Biblical Evidence for the Catholic Doctrine of Justification by Robert SungenisNot By Faith Alone: The Biblical Evidence for the Catholic Doctrine of Justification by Robert Sungenis (Queenship Publishing, 1997) (Queenship Publishing 1997)
The most comprehensive book on the Justification doctrine refuting many modern Protestant critics, covers all the major Biblical texts, a good section on the historic Protestant beliefs of Luther, Calvin, others -- over 700 pages!

How Can I Get to Heaven? The Bible's Teaching on Salvation Made Easy to Understand by Robert Sungenis (Queenship Publishing 1998)
A condensed version of Not By Faith Alone, excellent if you aren't ready for the big book, simply and clearly written -- just over 300 pages

Not By Bread Alone: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for the Eucharistic Sacrifice by Robert Sungenis (Queenship Publishing 2000)
A complete study of the Eucharist and Sacrifice of the Mass from the Scriptures and the early Fathers, quotes many prominent Protestant and Catholic scholars and theologians, answers the modern Evangelical/Reformed critics (I am quoted on page 209 of this book, and included in the bibliography) -- with appendices about 500 pages!

Catholic For A Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God edited by Scott Hahn (Emmaus Road, 1998)Catholic For A Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God edited by Scott Hahn with manySt. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelic Doctor contributors (Emmaus Road 1998)
Sure to become an apologetics classic, many chapters written by former students of Scott Hahn himself

Catholic For A Reason II: Scripture and the Mystery of the Mother of God edited by Leon J. Suprenant with many contributors (Emmaus Road 2000)
The sequel contains a biblical and historical presentation of the special role of the Blessed Mother in salvation history

Refuting the Attack on Mary: A Defense of Marian Doctrines by Fr. Mateo (Catholic Answers 1993, 1999)
A powerful booklet from Fr. Mateo, much biblical and Protestant commentary, answers in detail articles published in the Christian Research Institute (CRI) Journal

Mary and the Fathers of the Church by Luigi Gambero (Ignatius Press 1999)
An excellent historical presentation of the patristic view of Mary, covers all the major Fathers and Saints of the first eight centuries of Christianity, for more see the three volume Mariology edited by Juniper Carol published in the 1950s

Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs by Alan Schreck (Servant Books 1984)
A very irenic non-polemical book helpful for the Catholic and non-Catholic alike

CONVERSION STORIES

Surprised By Truth edited by Patrick Madrid (Basilica Press, 1994)Surprised By Truth: Eleven Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic edited by Patrick Madrid (Basilica Press 1994)
The conversion stories of 11 converts to the Catholic faith, many former Evangelical Protestants

Surprised By Truth II edited by Patrick Madrid (Sophia Press 2000)
The sequel contains another 15 conversion stories

Surprised By Truth III edited by Patrick Madrid (Sophia Press 2002)
More conversion stories, including one by Patty Bonds

Journeys Home edited by Marcus Grodi (Queenship Publishing 1997)
About 20 conversion stories, edited by the director of the Coming Home Network and host of EWTN program The Journey Home

Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic by David Currie (Ignatius Press 1996)
Conversion story of someone born into a Fundamentalist family, and his reasons for becoming Catholic, simply yet clearly written, covers many of the topics in Keating's book

By What Authority? An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition by Mark Shea (Our Sunday Visitor 1996)
A good explanation of Sacred Tradition in the Shea style with his reasons for becoming Catholic -- covers the "Jesus Seminar", how we know Scripture is inspired, and why Tradition and the Church are also necessary

Crossing the Tiber: Evangelical Protestants Discover the Historical Church by Stephen K. Ray (Ignatius Press 1997)
Wonderful conversion story of an Evangelical Protestant family discovering the historic Church, good refutation of Sola Scriptura, and comprehensive chapters on Baptism and the Eucharist from the Bible and the Fathers

CREATION/EVOLUTION

Darwin on Trial by Phillip E. Johnson (Intervarsity Press 1991, 1993)
The book that started the resurgence of the new anti-evolution and "Intelligent Design" movements

Finding Darwin's God by Kenneth R. Miller (1999)Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution by Michael Behe (Touchstone, 1996, 1998)
A challenge to evolution at the "molecular level" by a Catholic biochemist

Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution by Kenneth R. Miller (Cliff Street Books, 1999, 2000)
By a self-described "orthodox Catholic" and "orthodox Darwinist" -- responds to both Johnson's and Behe's books, and (in my opinion) demolishes young-earth creationism, presents an alternative to "intelligent design" and shows how God and evolutionary theory are compatible

PROTESTANT EVANGELICAL AND ORTHODOX BOOKS

The Primacy of Peter: Essays in Ecclesiology and the Early Church edited by John Meyendorff (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1963, 1992)
Presentation of the Eastern Orthodox understanding of the primacy of Peter and the Papacy, many contributors, excerpts from this book HERE

Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences by Norman Geisler and Ralph MacKenzie (Baker Books, 1995)Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences by Norman Geisler/Ralph MacKenzie (Baker Books 1995)
Probably the best modern work on the Catholic-Protestant debate, written from an Evangelical "baptistic" perspective, divided into two major sections -- the agreements that Catholics have with Evangelicals (Christ, the Creed, the Bible, salvation by grace), and the differences that (some) Evangelicals have with the Catholic Church, a third section contains the issues of common moral cause

The Roman Catholic Controversy by James R. White (Bethany House 1996)
A more polemical work, attempts to defend Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) and Sola Fide (faith alone), and argues against Catholic doctrines from a "Reformed Baptist" perspective, much of this work is taken verbatim from formal debates White had with Catholic apologists

Evangelical Answers: A Critique of Current Roman Catholic Apologetics by Eric Svendsen (New Testament Restoration Foundation 1997)
Another polemical work (formerly "Protestant Answers"), written by a former Catholic turned Evangelical, attempts to directly rebut the current major Catholic apologists such as Hahn, Keating, Madrid, and others -- interesting Biblical material but his history is weak and much of his logic is flawed

The Church of Rome at the Bar of History by William Webster (Banner of Truth 1995)The Church of Rome at the Bar of History by William Webster (Banner of Truth, 1995)
An interesting book by a former Catholic turned Evangelical since it tries to undermine Catholic doctrine by appealing to the Church Fathers, however after carefully checking some of the author's sources I found the book fatally flawed and unbalanced in the information it leaves out, several scholars are taken out of context and too many sweeping statements are made, and his logic is very bad and contradictory

The Gospel According to Rome by James G. McCarthy (Harvest House 1995)
Another book by a former Catholic, offers many Biblical arguments against the Catholic Church from a modern Fundamentalist "baptistic" viewpoint, and even cites from Catholic sources, however the book misunderstands Catholic doctrine in its "Biblical Response" sections, and ignores the Fathers, Saints, and Doctors of the first 1,500 years of Christianity, my responses here

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Computer Books (sorted mainly by order of use)

Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et al (2001, 2nd edition)Apple Machine Language by Don Inman, Kurt Inman (1981)
Vic Revealed by Nick Hampshire (1982)
6502 8-bit machine/Assembly language, self-taught in high school

Elements of Cobol Programming (1977)
Ada as a Second Language by Cohen (1986)
Software Components with Ada by Booch (1987)
An Introduction to Computer Science with Modula-2 (1988)
early college programming textbooks

An Introduction to Circuit Analysis by Scott (1987)
Digital Logic Circuit Analysis and Design by Nelson et al (1995)
The Principles of Computer Hardware by Clements (2000)
some college hardware textbooks

Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction by McConnell (1993)Algorithmics: The Spirit of Computing by Harel (1987)
Introduction to Algorithms by Cormen et al (2001)
An Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata by Linz (1997)
computer theory and algorithms

Software Engineering: Theory and Practice by Pfleeger (1998)
Code Complete by McConnell (1993)
software engineering and construction

The C Programming Language by Kernighan and Ritchie (1988)
Turbo C Bible by Barkakati (1989)
Teach Yourself C++ in 24 Hours by Liberty (1999)
Object-Oriented Programming in C++ by LaFore (1999)
Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus by LaMothe (2002, 2nd edition)Applied C by Fischer et al (2001)
Computational Geometry in C by O'Rourke (1998)

Using Java 2 Standard Edition by Que Corp (2001)
Java 2: The Complete Reference by Schildt (2002)
Java 2 Complete by Sybex (1999)

Perl, CGI, and Javascript Complete by Sybex (2000)
Visual Basic 6 for Dummies by Wang (1998)
Visual Basic 6 Complete by Sybex (1999)
PHP for the World Wide Web by Ullman (2001)
PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites by Ullman (2005)

Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus by LaMothe (1999)
Tricks of the 3D Game Programming Gurus by LaMothe (2003)
Sam's Teach Yourself Game Programming in 24 Hours by Morrison (2003)
OpenGL Game Programming by Hawkins et al (2001)
2D Artwork and 3D Modeling for Game Artists by Franson (2003)

Beginning OpenGL Game Programming by Hawkins et al (2004)
More OpenGL Game Programming by Astle et al (2006)
Beginning Game Programming by Harbour (2005)
3D Game Programming All in One by Finney (2004)

My Game Programming Page

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Apologetics, Theology and Religious Books (sorted somewhat by topics)

Patrology by Johannes Quasten (Christian Classics, 4 volumes)
The Faith of the Early Fathers by William A. Jurgens (3 volumes)
The Teachings of the Church Fathers by John R. Willis (Ignatius, 2002, orig 1966)
The Founding of Christendom by Warren H. Carroll (1985)
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic: The Early Church was the Catholic Church by Kenneth Whitehead (Ignatius, 2000)

Inquisition by Edward Peters (Univ of California Press, 1989)
The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision by Henry Kamen (Yale Univ Press, 1998)

Fundamentals of the Faith by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius, 1988)
The Catholic Church and the Bible by Peter Stravinskas (Ignatius, 1996, orig 1987)
Catholic Apologetics Today by William G. Most (TAN, 1986)
Catholic Evidence Training Outlines by Maisie Ward and Frank Sheed (Catholic Evidence Guild, 1992, orig 1925)
Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed (1957, original edition)
The Spirit of Catholicism by Karl Adam (Franciscan Univ, 1996)
The Catholic Controversy by St. Francis de Sales (TAN, 1989)
Catholic Apologetics by John Laux (TAN, 1990, orig 1934)
Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth by Catholic Answers (booklet, 1993)
Evangelical Catholics by Keith Fournier (Thomas Nelson, 1990)

Radio Replies by Fathers Rumble and Carty (TAN, 1979, three volumes, orig 1938)
Any Friend of God's is a Friend of Mine by Patrick Madrid (Basilica Press, 1996)
The Salvation Controversy by James (Jimmy) Akin (Catholic Answers, 2001)
More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism by Dave Armstrong (1st Books, 2002)
Nothing But the Truth: Essays in Apologetics by Karl Keating (Catholic Answers, 1999)
The Usual Suspects: Answering Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists by Karl Keating (Ignatius, 2000)
Controversies: High Level Catholic Apologetics edited by Karl Keating (Ignatius, 2001)

Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post-Conciliar Documents edited by Austin Flannery (St. Paul Editions, 1988, two volumes)
The Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent edited by H.J. Schroeder (TAN, 1978)
The Christian Faith in the Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church edited by J. Neuner and J. Dupuis (Alba House, 1996)
Introduction to Christianity by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Ignatius Press, 2004 revised, orig 1969)

Scripture Alone? 21 Reasons to Reject Sola Scriptura by Joel Peters (TAN, 1999)
Where We Got the Bible: Our Debt to the Catholic Church by Henry G. Graham (TAN, 1977, orig 1911)
What Faith Really Means by Henry G. Graham (TAN, 1982, orig 1914)
How Firm a Foundation by Marcus Grodi (Coming Home Resources, 2002, a novel)

The Case For Clerical Celibacy by Cardinal Stickler (Ignatius, 1995)
Mass Confusion: The Do's and Don'ts of Catholic Worship by James (Jimmy) Akin (Catholic Answers, 1999)
Mass Appeal: The ABCs of Worship by Jimmy Akin (Catholic Answers, 2003)

Jesus, Peter and the Keys: A Scriptural Handbook on the Papacy by Scott Butler et al (Queenship, 1996)
The Papacy by Catholic Answers (1999, workbook)
The Vatican Council 1869-1870 by Dom Cuthbert Butler (The Newman Press, 1962, orig 1930)
The Russian Church and the Papacy by Vladimir Soloviev, edited by Fr. Ray Ryland (Catholic Answers, 2001)
Ending the Byzantine Greek Schism by James Likoudis (1992)
Pius XII: Greatness Dishonored by Michael O'Carroll (Laetare Press, 1980)

Studies on the Early Papacy by Dom John Chapman (Kennikat Press, 1971, orig 1928)
The Primitive Church and the See of Peter by Luke Rivington (1894 full photocopy)
Documents Illustrating Papal Authority AD 96-454 by Edward Giles (Hyperion, 1979)

Spiritual Journeys (27 Converts) edited by Robert Baram (Pauline Books, 1988)
Apologia Pro Vita Sua by John Henry Cardinal Newman (W.W. Norton, 1968)
Newman Today edited by Stanley Jaki (Ignatius, 1989)
Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism by Scott and Kimberly Hahn (1993)
Welcome Home! (11 Reverts) edited by St. Joseph Comm and Victor Claveau (Ignatius, 2000)
My Life on the Rock by Jeff Cavins (e3Press, 2000)

On Being Catholic by Thomas Howard (Ignatius, 1997)
The Everlasting Man by G. K. Chesterton (Ignatius, 1993, orig 1925)
Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton (Ignatius, 2002, orig 1923, 1933)
C.S. Lewis and the Catholic Church by Joseph Pearce (Ignatius, 2003)

The Truth About Mary edited by Robert Payesko (Queenship, 1996, 3 volumes)
Mary of Nazareth by Kenneth Howell (Queenship, 1998)
An Introduction to Mary: The Heart of Marian Doctrine and Devotion by Mark Miravalle (Queenship, 1996)
Mary: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, Advocate by Mark Miravalle (Queenship, 1993)
The Dogma and the Triumph by Mark Miravalle (Queenship, 1998)
Maiden and Mother edited by M.M. Miles (Ignatius, 2001)
The World's First Love by Fulton J. Sheen (Ignatius, 1996, orig 1952)

The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis De Montfort (TAN, 1976)
The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul (Image Books, 1957)
It is I Who Have Chosen You: An Autobiography by Judie Brown (American Life League, 1997)
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis (Image Books, 1989)
Crossing the Threshold of Hope by Pope John Paul II (1995)
John Paul II Speaks to Youth At World Youth Day (Ignatius, 1993)

The Facts About Luther by Patrick F. O'Hare (TAN, 1987)
Flawed Expectations: The Reception of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Michael Wrenn and Kenneth Whitehead (Ignatius, 1996)
Battle for the American Church (Revisted) by George A. Kelly (Ignatius, 1995)
Salt of the Earth by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger with Peter Seewald (Ignatius, 1997)

A Father Who Keeps His Promises by Scott Hahn (Servant, 1998)
Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch (2000)
Antioch and Rome: New Testament Cradles of Catholic Christianity by Raymond E. Brown and John P. Meier (Paulist Press, 1983)

Catholics and the New Age by Mitch Pacwa (Servant, 1992)
A Book of Angels: Stories from the Bible by Marigold Hunt (Ignatius, 1995)
The Bible and the Quran by Jacques Jomier (Ignatius, 2002, orig 1959)
A Christian Looks at Mormonism by William J. Mitchell (1977)
Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe by Isaiah Bennett (Catholic Answers, 1999)
Shockwave 2000: The Harold Camping 1994 Debacle by Robert Sungenis et al (New Leaf Press, 1994)


Philosophy, Science, and Skeptics

Philosophy 101 by Socrates by Peter Kreeft (Ignatius, 2002)
Arise from Darkness: What To Do When Life Doesn't Make Sense by Benedict Groeschel (Ignatius, 1995)

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (HarperSanFrancisco / Zondervan editions)
Miracles by C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis

Why I am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion by Bertrand Russell (Touchstone, 1957)
The Atheist's Debater's Handbook by B.C. Johnson (Prometheus, 1983)
Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith (Prometheus, 1989)
The Jesus Puzzle: Did Christianity Begin with a Mythical Christ? by Earl Doherty (Age of Reason, 1999, 2005)
The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave edited by Robert Price and Jeffery Jay Lowder (Prometheus, 2005)

Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist by Dan Barker (FFRF Inc, 1992, 2006)
Why I Rejected Christianity: A Former Apologist Explains by John W. Loftus (Trafford Publishing, 2006)
Leaving the Fold: Testimonies of Former Fundamentalists edited by Edward T. Babinski (Prometheus, 2003)

The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins (W.W. Norton, 1996)
The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan (Ballantine Books, 1996)
Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism by Richard Carrier (AuthorHouse, 2005)
Naturalism Defeated? Essays on Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism edited by James Beilby with Alvin Plantinga and many contributors (Cornell Univ Press, 2002)

Scientists Confront Creationism edited by Laurie R. Godfrey (W.W. Norton, 1983)
What Evolution Is by Ernst Mayr (Basic/Perseus Books, 2001)
The Age of the Earth by G. Brent Dalrymple (Stanford University Press, 1991)
The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey by Spencer Wells (Random House Paperback, 2003)
Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory by Edward J. Larson (Modern Library Paperback, 2006)

Spiral Galaxy NGC 4603 photographed by the Hubble telescopeDoes God Exist? The Debate Between Theists and Atheists by J.P. Moreland and Kai Nielsen with Peter Kreeft (Prometheus, 1993)
Does God Exist? The Craig-Flew Debate by William Lane Craig and Antony Flew edited by Stan W. Wallace (Ashgate Publishing, 2003)
God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist by William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Oxford Univ Press, 2004)
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig (Crossway Books, 1994, updated 2008)

Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? edited by Paul Kurtz with many contributors (Prometheus, 2003)
Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life by Stephen Jay Gould (Ballantine Books, 1999)
God and the New Physics by Paul Davies (Touchstone, 1983)
The Mind of God: The Scientific Basis for a Rational World by Paul Davies (Touchstone, 1993)
God and Evolution: A Faith-Based Understanding by David L. Wilcox (Judson Press, 2004)
Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution by John Haught (Paulist Press, 2001)
Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction edited by Gary B. Ferngren with many contributors (John Hopkins Univ, 2002)

A Mind's Matter: An Intellectual Autobiography by Fr. Stanley Jaki (Eerdmans, 2002)
The Limits of a Limitless Science and Other Essays by Fr. Stanley Jaki (ISI Books, 2000)
Bible and Science by Fr. Stanley Jaki (Christendom Press, 1996)

The Creator and the Cosmos by Hugh Ross (NavPress, 1993, 2001 3rd edition)
The Genesis Question by Hugh Ross (NavPress, 2001 2nd edition)
Adam, Apes, and Anthropology by Glenn R. Morton (DMD Publications, 1997)
Foundation, Fall, and Flood by Glenn R. Morton (DMD Publications, 1999 3rd edition)

In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists Choose to Believe in Creation edited by John F. Ashton (Master Books, 2000)
Bones of Contention: A Creationist Assessment of Human Fossils by Marvin L. Lubenow (Baker Books, 1992, 2004 2nd edition)

"In the Beginning...." A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall by Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI (Eerdmans, 1986, English translation by Boniface Ramsey, 1990)
Origin of the Human Species by Dennis Bonnette (Sapientia Press, 2003, 2nd edition)
Did Darwin Get It Right? by George Sim Johnston (Our Sunday Visitor, 1998)

Intelligent Design: The Bridge Between Science and Theology by William A. Dembski (Intervarsity, 1999)
Science and Evidence for Design in the Universe by Dembski, Meyer, Behe (Ignatius, 2000)
Darwinism Defeated? The Johnson-Lamoureux Debate on Biological Origins by Phillip E. Johnson and Denis Lamoureux (Regent College, 1999)

Perspectives on an Evolving Creation edited by Keith B. Miller (Eerdmans, 2003)
Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology by Darrel R. Falk (Intervarsity, 2004)
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins (Free Press, 2006)

Uncommon Dissent: Intellectuals Who Find Darwinism Unconvincing edited by William A. Dembski with many contributors (ISI Books, 2004)
Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA edited by William Dembski and Michael Ruse (Cambridge Univ Press, 2004)
Intelligent Thought: Science versus the Intelligent Design Movement edited by John Brockman with many contributors (Vintage Books, 2006)

The European Philosophers From Descartes to Nietzsche edited by Monroe C. Beardsley (1960)
Classic Philosophical Questions edited by James A. Gould (1989)

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Historical Jesus and Bible Reliability

A General Introduction to the Bible by Norman Geisler and William Nix (Moody, 1986 revised)
The Canon of Scripture by F.F. Bruce (Intervarsity Press, 1988)
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? by F.F. Bruce (Intervarsity/Eerdmans, 1981 sixth edition)
The Quest for the Original Text of the New Testament by Philip Wesley Comfort (Baker, 1992)
An Introduction to the New Testament by Raymond E. Brown (Doubleday, 1997)

The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg (Intervarsity Press, 1987, updated 2007)
What are the Gospels? A Comparison with Graeco-Roman Biography by Richard Burridge (Cambridge / Eerdmans, 1992, 2004)
Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony by Richard Bauckham (Eerdmans, 2006)

A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (volume 1) by John P. Meier (Anchor Bible / Doubleday, 1991)
The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant by John Dominic Crossan (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991)
An Introduction to New Testament Christology by Raymond E. Brown (Paulist Press, 1994)
Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus edited by Michael Wilkins and J. P. Moreland (Zondervan, 1995)
The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels by Luke Timothy Johnson (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996)
The Historical Jesus: Ancient Evidence for the Life of Christ by Gary Habermas (College Press, 1996)
Jesus and the Victory of God by N. T. Wright (Fortress, 1996)
Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Darrell Bock (Baker, 2002)

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Debate between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan with William F. Buckley, Jr. edited by Paul Copan (Baker, 1998)
The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright (Fortress, 2003)
The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N.T. Wright in Dialogue (Fortress, 2006)

Jesus Outside the New Testament by Robert E. Van Voorst (Eerdmans, 2000)
The Gospel and the Greeks: Did the New Testament Borrow from Pagan Thought? by Ronald Nash (P & R, 1992, 2003)
Evidence for Christianity: Historical Evidences for the Christian Faith by Josh McDowell (Nelson Reference, 2006)
What Have They Done with Jesus? Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History by Ben Witherington III (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006)
Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels by Craig A. Evans (IVP Books, 2006)


Orthodox Apologetics and Theology

The Quest for Unity: Orthodox and Catholics in Dialogue by John Borelli and John Erickson (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1996)
The Eucharist by Alexander Schmemann (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1988)
For the Life of the World: Sacraments and Orthodoxy by Alexander Schmemann (St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1995, orig 1963)
Sola Scriptura: An Orthodox Analysis of the Cornerstone of Reformation Theology by John Whiteford (Conciliar Press, 1996)
Dancing Alone: The Quest for Orthodox Faith in the Age of False Religion by Frank Schaeffer (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1994)

Protestant Apologetics, Theology, History

Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking by Norman Geisler and Ronald Brooks (Baker, 1990)
Christian Apologetics by Norman Geisler (Baker, 1976)
Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal by Norman Geisler (Baker, 1991)
Answering Islam by Norman Geisler (Baker, 2002 revised)

Mary, Mother of All Christians by Max Thurian (1963, also complete photocopy form)
Mary, The Second Eve by John Henry Newman (various Anglican/Catholic writings)
Mary: A Catholic-Evangelical Debate by Dwight Longenecker and David Gustafson (Brazos Press, 2003)

Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly (1978 revised)
The Oxford Dictionary of Popes by J.N.D. Kelly (1986)
The Christian Tradition: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition by Jaroslav Pelikan (1971)

God in Three Persons by E. Calvin Beisner (Tyndale House Publishers, 1984)
The Forgotten Trinity by James R. White (Bethany House, 1998)
The Trinity: Evidence and Issues by Robert Morey (World Publishing, 1996)
Death and the Afterlife by Robert Morey (Bethany House, 1984)

Sola Scriptura and Salvation Sola Fide

Sola Scriptura! The Protestant Position on the Bible edited by Don Kistler (Soli Deo Gloria, 1995)
The Shape of Sola Scriptura by Keith Mathison (Canon Press, 2001)
Holy Scripture: The Ground and Pillar of Our Faith by David King and William Webster (2001, 3 volumes)
Scripture Alone by James R. White (Bethany House, 2004)

The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns (Moody, 1989)
Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words by W.E. Vine et al (Thomas Nelson, 1985)
Evangelical Affirmations edited by Kenneth Kantzer and Carl F.H. Henry (Academie Books, 1990)

Life in the Son: A Study of the Doctrine of Perseverance by Robert Shank (Bethany House, 1989)
Chosen But Free: A Balanced View of Divine Election by Norman Geisler (2001, 2nd edition)
Right With God: Justification in the Bible and the World edited by D.A. Carson (Baker, 1992)
Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification by R.C. Sproul (Baker, 1995)
The God Who Justifies by James R. White (Bethany House, 2001)
Why I am Not a Calvinist by Jerry L. Walls and Joseph R. Dongell (InterVarsity Press, 2004)

Dispensationalism and End Times

An Examination of Dispensationalism by William E. Cox (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1963)
A Primer on Dispensationalism by John Gerstner (1982)
Whatever Happened to Heaven? by Dave Hunt (Harvest House, 1988)
Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist by Dave Hunt (Harvest House, 1990)
The Reduction of Christianity: A Biblical Response to Dave Hunt by Gary DeMar and Peter Leithart (American Vision, 1988)
The Debate Over Christian Reconstruction by Gary DeMar et al (Dominion Press, 1988)
Hal Lindsey and the Restoration of the Jews by Steve Schlissel and David Brown (Still Waters Revival, 1990)
End Times Fiction: A Biblical Consideration of the Left Behind Theology by Gary DeMar (Thomas Nelson, 2001)
Will Catholics Be Left Behind? A Catholic Critique of the Rapture and Today's Prophecy Preachers by Carl E. Olson (Ignatius, 2003)
The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code by Carl E. Olson and Sandra Miesel (Ignatius, 2004)

Cults and Sects

Understanding the Cults by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart (Campus Crusade, 1982)
Answers to the Cultist at Your Door by Robert and Gretchen Passantino (Harvest House, 1981)
The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin (Bethany House, 1985 revised)
Larson's Book of Cults by Bob Larson (Tyndale House, 1982)
The Cult Explosion by Dave Hunt (Harvest House, 1980)
I Was Raised a Jehovah's Witness by Joe Hewitt (Kregel, 1997 revised)
Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse By Verse by David Reed (Baker, 1986)
Why You Should Believe in the Trinity by Robert Bowman (Baker, 1990)
Is the Mormon My Brother? by James R. White (Bethany House, 1997)
The Reincarnation Sensation by Norman Geisler (Tyndale House, 1986)
Larson's Book of Spiritual Warfare by Bob Larson (Thomas Nelson, 1999)
When the Devil Dares Your Kids by Bob and Gretchen Passantino (Servant, 1991)

Which Bible? by David Otis Fuller (1975)
The King James Only Controversy by James R. White (Bethany House, 1995)
New Age Bible Versions by Gail Riplinger (1993)
New Age Bible Versions Refuted by James R. White (1994, booklet)

Anti-Catholic or Evangelical Critiques of Catholicism

Roman Catholicism: A Contemporary Evangelical Perspective by Paul Schrotenboer (Baker, 1987)
The Fatal Flaw by James R. White (Crowne Publications, 1990)
Answers to Catholic Claims by James R. White (Crowne Publications, 1990)
The Facts on Roman Catholicism by John Ankerberg and John Weldon (Harvest House, 1993)
Protestants and Catholics: Do They Now Agree? by John Ankerberg and John Weldon (Harvest House, 1995)
A View of Rome by John Armstrong (Moody, 1995)
Roman Catholicism: Evangelical Protestants Analyze What Divides and Unites Us edited by John Armstrong (Moody, 1994)

The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the Apparitions of Mary by Elliot Miller and Kenneth Samples (Baker, 1992)
Mary, Another Redeemer? by James R. White (Bethany House, 1998)
Who is My Mother? by Eric Svendsen (Calvary Press, 2001)

Salvation, the Bible, and Roman Catholicism by William Webster (Banner of Truth, 1995)
The Matthew 16 Controversy: Peter and the Rock by William Webster (1996)

Far From Rome, Near to God edited by Richard Bennett (1994)
Romanism: The Relentless Roman Catholic Assault on the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Robert Zins (White Horse Publications, 1994)
A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days by Dave Hunt (Harvest House, 1994)
Reasoning from the Scriptures with Catholics by Ron Rhodes (Harvest House, 2000)

The Two Babylons or the Papal Worship by Alexander Hislop (Loizeaux Brothers, 1959, orig 1916)
Roman Catholicism by Loraine Boettner (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1962, two editions)

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