Have you ever wondered where you can go for a great apologetics podcast? After evaluating countless podcasts Quest brings you the top five to pick from so that you don't have to do all the experimentation. All of these podcasts can be selected through a basic search on iTunes. While others have a list of numerous podcasts these are the finest five podcasts that have an apologetics bent. The average person only has a limited amount of time to listen to podcasts but if you have to narrow it down to one or two this is the place to start. We here at Quest suggest that you try one or two of these that may appeal to you and challenge you personally and spiritually. We trust that some of these might equip you to utilize apologetics in your everyday life with others. Each of these podcasts provide great benefits and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Clearly Quest may not agree with all theological positions being presented but we do find that most of the apologetic issues are handled very well and provide tremendous benefit to the listener.
Justin Brierley from the UK has a weekly radio show on Saturday (2:30 – 4:00PM GMT) where he typically has two special guests wrestle with one primary issue per week. Typically, Brierley pits the two guests with opposing perspectives against one another however the dialog is very civil and constructive. The podcast is a taping of the radio broadcast of their weekly show from the UK sponsored by Premier Christian Radio. Each podcast is about 80-85 minutes. Brierley does an outstanding job as a host attempting to give a fair and reasonable opportunity for all parties and views to be made. Meanwhile, he does a great job of asking specific questions that get to the heart of the matter of orthodox Christianity. About 20 minutes of each broadcast is devoted to the “letters” that typically touch on various feedback perspectives of past broadcasts and programs.
2. Reasons To Believe
Greg Koukl from Southern California has a weekly three hour radio program every Sunday (2-5 PST) on KBRT 740 AM. Koukl typically has one topic that he starts off with that he addresses and then has an open line call-in segment. Unlike many radio programs, Koukl takes extraordinary time with each caller unpacking their specific issue. They can be unbelievers as well as believers each are treated with respect and dignity. The show has a wonderful variety where Koukl can oftentimes model his “Tactics” method of apologetics with callers to his radio show. Each program is about 2 hours and 50 minutes.
3. Cold Case Christianity (Formerly - Please Convince Me)
J. Warner Wallace is a recently retired cold case detective who addresses a wide range of apologetic and worldview issues from a detectives point of view. Wallace is a 23 yr veteran police officer and detective in California who came to faith later in life. After exploring the evidences for Christ and the resurrection through the lens of a detective did he move to genuine faith from his position as a “vocal atheist.” This is an excellent podcast that educates the listener on the finer details of exploring the evidences for a wide range of apologetic issues. He also explores the evidences for various worldview systems. Cold Case Christianity provides a wide range of apologetic topics that deal primarily with evidential apologetics. Each program is between 60 and 70 minutes.
4. Reasonable Faith
It can be said with a high degree of confidence that William Lane Craig is perhaps one of the foremost respected apologists of our time. Craig is the president of Stand to Reason ministries but he is also a professor of Philosophy at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. He is also recognized as one of the most prominent people who participates in formal debates with the likes of Christopher Hitchens and others from the neo-Atheist movement. Craig has a tremendous mind and is most noted as a philosophical apologist. With this kind of deeper intellectual podcast Craig limits each podcast to 15 – 30 minutes. If you are more inclined to be stimulated from a philosophical perspective this is the best podcast for you!
5. Straight Thinking
Kenneth R. Samples uses a slight twist to the typical apologetic podcast in his podcast called Straight Thinking. Samples is a member of Stand to Reason staff and also a professor at Biola Universities Graduate School of Apologetics. In the Straight Thinking podcast, Samples takes on a wide range of issues such as world view issues, cultural issues, classical apologetic issues, Biblical difficulties and provides insights on various historical apologists like Blaise Pascal & C.S. Lewis. Samples is a great teacher and is often interviewed through the process. His style is inviting and is almost as if you are sitting at the dining room table for a great discussion over a desert! Each weekly podcast is between 20 and 60 minutes.