Apologetic Books for the Eradication of Trolls

Christians who are active on social media, whether it be YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook, will run across a fair number of trolls during online apologetic encounters. Smelling the blood of Christian men, the trolls will typically show up when a biblical opinion is under discussion. I see troll attacks practically every week. In fact, Twitter is a breeding ground for trolls. Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis can tweet out a picture of his grandson building a Lego car and atheist trolls swarm on the tweet within minutes berating him for teaching his stupid grandson the Bible. It’s a kid building a Lego car! Good grief people!

A while ago, I was on Facebook watching a troll leaving stupidly ignorant comments under an acquaintance’s post concerning some benign point of theology. Regrettably, in this instance, I hung my head in shame, because no one following in the comments offered any serious rebuttal. I don’t believe the person who initially posted the original item under discussion even tried offering a response. That started me pondering: Is that because people don’t want to or that they just lack the ability?

Now I recognize that Christians engaging in any meaningful discussion in the comment threads on social media with a strident, chest-beating “know-it-all” skeptic can be a rather ridiculous waste of time. Honestly, the better course of action is to just silently move on without any engagement. I get that. So many times I ignore the troll because I have not desire to discuss anything with him or her.

But Christians shouldn’t be helpless invalids who roll over because they can’t offer any informed push back.  Moreover, trolls don’t exist solely on social media. They can show up at your Bible studies, Sunday school classes, at your family reunions, and holiday get togethers. Whatever the situation, it may be helpful to have some resources that can help a person offer at least a little bit of a response in order to squash the troll and chase it away.

That got me thinking about what recommended resources would I offer. I scanned my personal library and compiled a list of a few books I believe cover the essential areas of biblical theology or historicity where trolls tend to attack. I thought I would share my resources with the greater BTWN readership.

One important note: My cut-off was books around 300 pages. Understandably, that 300 page limit will eliminate a number of books I personally like. In fact, I’m sure folks will be annoyed I left such-and-such awesome book off my list. My first thought was to keep the list set at 200-250 pages, so cutting it off at around 300 is really stretching the commitment of many people. I want to keep my selections simple and prevent overwhelming the uninitiated. I figured most serious minded believers are not afraid to tackle a book around 300 pages or so.

The categories I have in mind pertain to basics about the Godhead, the person and work of Christ, the doctrines of salvation, the authority of Scripture, historical matters, and basic apologetic methodology and theological worldview. From my observation, trolls tend to latch onto those areas of discussion.

With that brief background, here is my basic introductory list.

The World-Tilting GospelDan Phillips

The Divine ChallengeJohn Byl

Knowing God – J.I. Packer

The Forgotten Trinity – James White

The Five Points of Calvinism – David Steele & Curtis Thomas

Redemption Accomplished and Applied – John Murray

For Us And For Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church – Stephen Nichols

Hell on Trial – Robert Peterson

The Heresy of Orthodoxy – Andreas Kostenberger & Michael Kruger

The Bible Among the Myths – John N. Oswalt

Scripture Alone – James White

From God to Us: How We Got Our Bible – Norman Geisler & William Nix

From the Mind of God to the Mind of Man – James Williams & Randolph Shaylor

The Question of Canon – Michael Kruger

Biblical Authority: Infallibility & Inerrancy in the Christian Tradition – John Woodbridge

One Bible Only? – Roy E. Beacham & Kevin T. Bauder

The Battle Belongs to the Lord – Scott Oliphint

Every Thought Captive – Richard Pratt

Apologetics to the Glory of God – John Frame

Reasons We Believe – Nathan Busenitz

Inventing The Flat Earth: Columbus & Modern Historians – Jeffrey Russell

God’s Battalions: A Case for the Crusades – Rodney Stark

Creation and Change – Douglas Kelly

Not By ChanceLee Spetner

The Battle for the Beginning – John MacArthur

Refuting Evolution & Refuting Evolution 2 – Jonathan Sarfati

By Design – Jonathan Sarfati

Same-Sex Controversy – James White & Jeffrey Niell

The Grand Demonstration: Study of the So-Called Problem of Evil – Jay Adams

Decision, Decisions: How & How Not to Make Them – Dave Swavely

Exegetical Fallacies – D.A. Carson

1 Comment
  1. Ken 3 months ago

    That’s a good list. If I may add one, because I’m currently working through it in prep for a Sunday school class: “What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?” by Kevin DeYoung. The book is a worthy companion to White and Niell’s older (still valuable) work.

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