As a pastor I have well meaning Christians approach me frequently asking for help in arguing their friends to Christ. Now they won't put it that way but basically that's what they're trying to do. A typical question may look like this: "So-n-so believes evolution disproves the Bible, do you have a good book you can recommend to disprove evolution?"
Now there is nothing wrong with that question, and researching the true "origins of species" is a noble pursuit. But I'm not sure that's the path of great effectiveness. I don't personally believe that the creation account of Genesis 1 ever converted anybody. I don't believe that God requires perfect faith in all things scriptural to start a journey with Him. The Gospel is what's needed to bring someone to faith. And while there are many pastors/theologians that would hinge six day creationism to the Gospel, I believe that is completely unhelpful. Let me explain why.
This should be obvious but quite often its not. People need to encounter Jesus first. Not creationism, not social conservatism, not social justice activism, not predestination, not any other pet project of the Christian Church. People need to meet Jesus. It is Jesus who calls and Jesus who saves. It is Jesus' words we live by, and it is the work of Christ we hope in. Everything about the church should include three topics; Jesus, Jesus, and don't forget Jesus. If people meet Jesus they are more likely to follow him than if you try to explain how the Grand Canyon was created by the Flood.
How do I know this to be true? Because that's how I came to follow Christ. I was impressed by who Jesus was, and get this, when I became a Christian I was fairly liberal politically and I was studying evolution (and wholeheartedly believed in it). I didn't become a Christian because I believed God created the world, I came to believe that God created the world because I believed in Jesus. Dr. Dino and Ken Ham did not convert me, nor do I hold any respect for them currently (that's another topic). I am who I am because I met and encountered Jesus. Most of the changes in my life flowed from that experience.
I didn't try to eliminate all my doubts first, then place my faith in Jesus. I came to Jesus with all my doubts and then I tried to walk with him. You see in the story of Thomas, Jesus wasn't harsh and judgmental towards Thomas' legitimate doubts. But as a good friend Jesus came to strengthen Thomas' faith. Jesus understood perfectly well why Thomas doubted. Then after Thomas comes to faith he says:
Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe."I think the scriptures are clear, God is bigger than our doubts. He can handle them, and He has no problem working with you in spite of them.
So next time if your friends doubts the resurrection, instead of just jumping into Josh McDowell's 3 reasons why Christ rose from the dead...perhaps you can also find away to introduce your friends to who Christ is. Let them come with their doubts, I think Jesus knows best what to do with them anyways.