The chapters below were originally published as an 8-part article series for Higher Things Magazine. Rev. Mark A. Pierson, who has an affinity for apologetics, approached us with the unique idea of addressing a variety of topics in apologetics while also familiarizing readers with some of the big names in the field. We gladly accepted his offer and published his articles from 2014-2017.

Within each chapter, Rev. Pierson provides the background of a specific apologist, methodically demonstrates that apologist’s emphasis, and gives you ways to employ those unique perspectives into your own apologetics efforts. He does this with the understanding that no single scholar is above reproach, nor does any one person have all the answers.

Rev. Pierson also includes a number of reading recommendations that will be enormously helpful as you endeavor to defend the Christian faith in your own life and reach others with the Gospel. He concludes this series with a clear explanation of how apologetics is always to be in the service of evangelism, recognizing it is only through the work of the Holy Spirit that anyone is brought into faith.

We pray that this apologetics resource helps you “…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense (pros apologian) to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect”(1 Peter 3:15 ESV).

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Rev. Pierson is the assistant pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Long Beach, California. Besides being a regular author for Higher Things Magazine, he is a contributing author to the books, Making the Case for Christianity as well as The Resurrection Fact: Responding to Modern Critics. He is also the editor of the upcoming book, Take Courage: Essays in Honor of Harold L. Senkbeil.