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Guest Post by Andy Naselli

Audio and video for Don Carson’s The God Who Is There became available three days ago. These talks correspond to two of Carson’s books that Baker released last month:

  • The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story.
  • The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story: Leader's Guide.

The Leader’s Guide may be the most overlooked resource in this new set of books, MP3s, and forthcoming DVDs.

One of my roles as Carson’s research assistant is to copy-edit his writings at various stages prior to publication. Before I read the Leader’s Guide for the first time, I thought, “This will probably be OK, but I wonder if Don can write in a way that really serves small groups. He’s a first-class professor, lecturer, preacher, teacher, etc., but can he write a good rubber-meets-the-road leader’s guide?” Dumb question. I should’ve known better. The Leader’s Guide blew me away. It’s penetrating and genuinely helpful in so many ways.

One helpful feature of the Leader’s Guide is Carson’s annotated recommendations of resources for every chapter. So over the next five days, I plan to publish a series of posts that lists those resources for each chapter. I’ll start here with some resources he recommends in the introduction.

General introductions to Christ and biblical Christianity

  1. Stott, John R. W. Basic Christianity. 50th Anniversary ed. Downers Grove: IVP, 2008. [audiobook]
  2. Jensen, Peter. The Future of Jesus. 2d ed. Kingsford: Mattias Media, 2008.
  3. Keller, Timothy. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Dutton, 2008. [audiobook]

Resources that can help me better understand the culture we live in and enable me to be a better discussion leader

  1. Smith, Christian (with Melinda Lundquist Denton). Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005. [“They coin the acronym MTD: moralistic therapeutic deism.”]
  2. Twenge, Jean M. Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before. New York: Free Press, 2006.
  3. Kadison, Richard, and Theresa Foy DiGeronimo. College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.
  4. Honeysett, Marcus. Meltdown: Making Sense of a Culture in Crisis. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2004.
  5. Baker, Hunter. The End of Secularism. Wheaton: Crossway, 2009.
  6. Carson, D. A. The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Pluralism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
  7. Copan, Paul. "True for You but Not for Me": Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2009.
  8. Carr, Nicholas. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" The Atlantic, August 2008.

Resources on the New Atheism

  1. Hemmingway, M. Z. "Skepticism, Agnosticism, and Atheism: A Brief History of Unbelief." Modern Reformation 17:2 (March/April 2008): 18-23.
  2. McGrath, Alister E. The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World. New York: Doubleday, 2004.
  3. Zacharias, Ravi. The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.
  4. Mohler Jr., R. Albert. Atheism Remix: A Christian Confronts the New Atheists. Wheaton: Crossway, 2008.
  5. Habermas, Gary. "The Plight of the New Atheism: A Critique." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51 (2008): 813-27.
  6. Craig, William Lane. Five Arguments for God. Edited by D. A. Carson. Christ on Campus Initiative. Deerfield, IL: Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, 2010.
  7. Berlinski, David. The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions. 2nd ed. New York: Basic, 2009.
  8. Hart, David Bentley. Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
  9. Ganssle, Gregory E. A Reasonable God: Engaging the New Face of Atheism. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009.
  10. Copan, Paul, and William Lane Craig, eds. Contending with Christianity's Critics: Answering New Atheists and Other Objectors. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2009.
  11. Craig, William Lane, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. God? A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist. Point/Counterpoint Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
  12. Doane, Darren. Collision: Christopher Hitchens vs. Douglas Wilson. LEVEL 4, 2009.
  13. Hitchens, Christopher, and Douglas Wilson. Is Christianity Good for the World? Moscow, ID: Canon, 2008.
  14. Andrews, Edgar. Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything. Carlisle, PA: EP Books, 2009.
  15. Wilson, A. N. "Why I Believe Again." New Statesman, April 2, 2009.
  16. Flew, Antony (with Roy Abraham Varghese). There Is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. New York: HarperOne, 2007.

Books similar to this one

  1. Bartholomew, Craig G., and Michael W. Goheen. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
  2. Cross, John R. The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus: A Clear and Simple Explanation of the World's Best Seller. 3rd ed. Durham, ON: GoodSeed International, 2000.
  3. Alexander, T. Desmond. From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An Introduction to Biblical Theology. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008.
  4. Chester, Tim. From Creation to New Creation: Understanding the Bible Story. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2003.
  5. Roberts, Vaughan. Turning Points. Milton Keynes: Authentic, 2006.
  6. Dever, Mark. What Does God Want of Us Anyway? A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible. IX Marks. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.
  7. Smith, Colin S. Unlocking the Bible Story. 4 vols. Chicago: Moody, 2002.
  8. Lloyd-Jones, Sally. The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. Grand Rapids: Zonderkidz, 2007. [Cf. my review.]

Update: Here are the remaining posts in this series:

http://tgc-documents.s3.amazonaws.com/cci/Craig.pdf

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  1. Lynn Rutledge says:

    Thank you for posting this list; it’s very helpful. I look forward to the resource lists from the other chapters.

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Andy Naselli (PhD in Theology, Bob Jones University; PhD in New Testament exegesis and theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is assistant professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary, research manager for D. A. Carson, and administrator of Themelios. His family belongs to Bethlehem Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter.