1. William Lane Craig
Dr. Craig is probably the most famous modern-day apologist in the world. He currently runs the Reasonable Faith podcast and website. He holds several degrees in divinity and theology and currently holds a research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. Out of all the christian scholars in my own study, his information was the most useful, resourceful and dense. He has debated the most atheist out of all other christian scholars and has performed extremely well in the majority of them. Richard Dawkins has repeatedly turned down his request for a public debate.
2. Lee Strobel
Strobel is a well-respected christian author and former atheist. He received a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, before becoming an investigative journalist for The Chicago Tribune. He began investigating evidence for the Bible after his wife’s conversion. He is famous for his investigative style apologetic book Case for Christ, Case for Faith, Case for the Real Jesus and Case for the Creator, where he interviews some of the worlds most famous and knowledgeable Christians in the field, many who are on this list.
3. J.P. Moreland
Professor Moreland is a well established Professor of Christian philosophy who works and teaches at Talbot School of Theology of Biola University. are little more practical and fundamental than William Lane Craig. His teachings are more fundamentalist in nature with more of a focus on biblical inerrancy, and militant apologetics. He lectures all across the country at multiple speaking engagements, but he is most recognized for his apologetic books with Scaling the Secular Wall: A Defense of Christianity being his most prestigious. And his brazen style of defending the faith which can learned about here, here, and here.
4. C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis, If Craig is the most famous theologian of modern times. Lewis is definitely the most famous of the last century. He was a distinguished English professor at several high-profile universities and a former atheist. He is most famous for his children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia. However, he is recognized in the christian community by his works, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, The ScrewTape Letters and probably his most Famous Mere Christianity. These books and Lewis’ writing mostly inspired by the suffering he has seen by two World Wars and the global depression and as way to explain suffering and evil. And he also famous for popularizing the Jesus Christ Trilemma.
5. Daniel Wallace
Dr. Wallace is a professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary and a scholar of New Testament Textual Criticism. He has studied at two of the most recognized theological institutions of the United States, Dallas Theological Seminary and Biola University. He is probably the foremost knowledgeable leading critic to agnostic scholar Dr. Bart Ehrman. Wallace has also founded the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts which is a foundation that seeks to digitize all known biblical manuscripts.
6. Bruce Metzger
Dr. Metzger was an American biblical scholar and textual critic who was a longtime professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. Famed scholars Apologist Dr. William Lane Craig, Apologist Ben Witherington, and Agnostic Dr. Bart Ehrman have all studied under him. Widely considered one of the top and most influential scholars of the 20th Century. A leading expert in ancient Greek, he has sat on several Bible translation committees, with the most recognizable one being for the N.R.S.V. translating both the old and new testament and the apocrypha. Metzger has written many books in on the history of the bible, textual criticism, and bible translations. Although he is a christian scholar, he is more of a Bible scholar than a christian apologist. And when he died both Ben Witherington and Daniel Wallace wrote a eulogy in his honor.
7. Ravi Zacharias
Zacharias is an internationally famous christian philosopher, apologist, and author. He is a fantastic orator who speaks with grand elegance and passion. He is the host speaker of the radio programs Let My People Think & Just Thinking. In addition he host his own school of apologetic with classes as a visiting professor at various organizations, where he teaches Introduction to apologetics, and philosophical apologetics. Zacharias believes that while every major religion makes exclusive claims about truth, the Christian faith is unique in its ability to answer questions of suffering, life, purpose, and morality. Pulling together epidemiological sources such existential experiences, academia and of course the spiritual.
8. Gary Habermas
Dr. Habermas is a distinguished apologist, scholar, lecture, historian, and debater at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He is a Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy and the chairman of the department of philosophy and theology at the university. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in the area of History and Philosophy of Religion and an M.A. from the University of Detroit in Philosophical Theology.He has spoken and written on issues of doubt, near-death-experiences, and the hiddeness of God. But out of all those things he is most celebrated for his expertise in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. He is considered a leading expert in that field.
9. NT Wright
Nicholas Thomas Wright is an Anglican Bishop who has held numerous positions at various churches and university, including the Church of England. He is currently Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews in Scotland. Earning his Doctor of Divinity from the University of Oxford. He has authored numerous books & articles and delivered many lectures. His educational scholarly expertise are in the historical resurrection of Jesus and New Testament Studies, which the latter he is more famed for.
10. John Lennox
The only scientist on this list, Dr. Lennox is a professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, and a scholar of the philosophy of science. He even took classes as a young man, with C.S. Lewis being his professor. He lectures extensively across the world on science and religion. He holds degrees in mathematics, bioethics, and philosophy from top English universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Cardiff . He is the leading counterpart to scientist professor Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking. Having debated Richard Dawkins several times successfully.
This is my list of the top 10 christian apologist when I was doing my own personal study on christian apologetics. Who would you say are the top 10 christian apologist?