As I prepare a paper on the Christian apologetic value of religious freedom to present in March, I am re-reading L. Russ Bush’s Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics. The work is a collection of readings from twelve of the most noteworthy apologists of the faith, going as far back as the second century with Justin Martyr. One of the striking things about reading the writings of apologists from previous centuries is that despite the vast gulf between the culture of the 21st century and that of the ancient, medieval, and early modern periods, many of the same methods of argumentation can be used to address the objections raised against Christianity in our own day.
Dr. Bush was one of the most influential and brilliant evangelicals of the late twentieth century. He edited this work in the early 1980s while on sabbatical from Southwestern Seminary, doing postdoctoral work at Cambridge. Click here for the link to this timeless resource.