22 August 2012

* I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Athiest*: a Review

The title on this book was enough to grab my attention: I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek.  As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received not only the book but also the curriculum workbook by Apologia to go along with it.

This books dives deep into why the claims of Christianity are actually much more reasonable than other belief systems and how it truly takes more faith to not believe in God than to believe in God.  

This is not a light read--you actually have to think about what you're reading (that's a good thing!).  The authors of this book are not presenting their evidence in an emotional or manipulative way.  They are well-studied and intelligent, even scientific at times, in their presentation.  And yet they are passionate about what they believe and want to equip fellow Christians with the ability to also know why the believe what they believe and how to defend their faith to non-believers.  

You can check out the Table of Contents here: 


The workbook , of the same name, designed to accompany this book is Apologia's very first apologetics curriculum for teens and young adults.  Each chapter (designed to be studied for 2-3 weeks) has 4 main sections: 
  • Hook, which is a review of the chapter you just read
  • Book, which digs deeper into the topic with questions on your knowledge and comprehension of what you are reading
  • Look, which gives assignments that help you learn for yourself and not just take the authors' word for things 
  • Took, which give a summary and ways to personally apply what you are learning
The curriculum is done with excellence, in typical Apologia style, asking tough questions and is filled with fascinating bios of people in history who have helped to shape religious worldviews.

The three major religious worldviews are discussed at length in the book: Theism, Pantheism, and Atheism.  The authors show how these three cannot be reconciled to each other, but have major contradictions and cannot all be right.  Using logic arguments, such as Cosmological, Teleological, and Moral, to prove or disprove something, Geisler and Turek show how true tolerance is not possible.  We must make a decision when presented with the evidence.  

After discussing the beginning of the universe, the design of life, moral law, and much more, the last section of this books digs deep into the claims of Jesus Christ: who was he, was what he taught true, and what does that tell us about the Bible.  

I am very impressed with this book and the corresponding curriculum.  I have been a follower of Christ my whole life and yet often could not answer some of the tough questions non-believers have.  I am so loving how this book is equipping me with knowledge to be able to intelligently and articulately defend my faith.  I look forward to the time when my own children are old enough to read and work through it as well.  We have used Apologia for several years now for science and this year will use some of their Bible curriculum as well.  We continue to love their products and to be amazed at their quality and depth.

These books are available at Apologia.  The book is $16.00 and the curriculum is $33.00.  They are both worth your time to look at them, whether for your teen, your college student or yourself.  

Be sure to stop by the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog to read what other homeschool parents have to say about these books.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and the corresponding curriculum through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.  

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