I am looking for some quality apologetic books for a close friend of mine. She is currently studying Latin and French here in Germany and is encountering a lot of opposition to the Christian faith from her professors.
Especially the Latin professors have a lot of knowledge of the ancient world, its literature and of the myths of the Romans and Greeks and oftentimes just portray the gospel and the stories of the Bible as just another set of myths and stories.
Just recently, a professor of hers said that the miracle of Jesus walking on water was likely just a story that was created to show that Jesus is greater than Caeser who failed to cross the Aegean Sea.
Another doubt my friend expressed recently is that she sees a lot of similarities between the creation story of Genesis and Ovid’s creation myth in the metamorpheses. Many of her Latin professors seem to be Catholics who have a belief in God, but do not think that the miracles in the gospels are to be understood literally.
Does anybody know good apologetic books for students that are well-versed in Roman and Greek literature and myths? The book should be available in German since my friend is not an avid English reader.
While the Latin professors sow doubts about the divine origins of the gospel, her French professors question the ethical claims of the Bible.
Here, my friend is confronted with the big issues of our time:
family and new family models (e.g. gay marriage), women and Feminism, abortion, How secular should a society be? How far should science be allowed to go? etc. If you know some good books about the pressing issues of our time, it would help a lot.
My friend has had doubts about Christianity (mainly emotional doubts but also intellectual ones) for two years now. Many answers she got from Christians in the past (me included) did not satisfy her. I think she is on a journey to a deeper faith and needs deeper and more sophisticated answers at the moment.
I’m glad that this forum exists and I’m looking forward to your answers!