As I've said in the past, I'm a bit of a modified van Tilian. I've long noted that many apologists write about apologetics theoretically, but few seem to do it in a way others can use. Fewer still produced anything that you can simply give an unbeliever. (I tried to make a stab in that direction with this essay.)
I've also observed that van Tilians / presuppositionists in particular can be absolutely devastating in dismantling their opponents' position, but do not seem as strong in establishing their own so as to leave the opponent "without excuse" for not adopting it. (I doubt I've ever seen a finer demolition job than Douglas Wilson's multi-part dialogue with Christopher Hitchens, which starts here.)
Having said all that, here are my questions to you:
- What would you recommend as a text on apologetics, and why?
- Can you recommend a text on apologetics specifically for use by teenagers? (Explain your choice.)
- What book would you put directly in the hands of an unbeliever to make the case for Christ, and why?