As part of The Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. I also received Apologia’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Curriculum Workbook to review.
I used and reviewed two Apologia books earlier this year. Who is My Neighbor? and Who Am I?. Those are written for ages 6-14. I was glad for the chance to do another review for Apologia. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist is not by Apologia but is written by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. Apologia has created a curriculum workbook to accompany the book. This book is written for adults, and the curriculum workbook is written for high school students.
To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith.
I read this book myself for the review. When I first started reading it, I wondered to myself how I was going to finish the book in the time I had before the review was due. The first section of the book is devoted to the science of the Bible, proving that creation did indeed occur. I found it to be slow reading, just because of the amount of scientific knowledge presented. Once I got to the next few chapters on the history of the Bible I enjoyed the book much more. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist is a very in depth book. In fact, I think it should be read over a longer period of time than the few weeks I took. I believe that’s why it’s a perfect that it has a companion workbook. This book is better read and studied a little at a time. There is just so much information to read, study and remember. I’m not going to get into any theology presented in the book, you’ll have to read it for yourself. However, I do believe that I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist does provide plenty of scientific and historical evidence that everything presented in the Bible is true. If you’re interested in the science and history of the Bible, you’ll love I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.
I think the book also does a great job of explaining the different world religions. Here is one graphic from the book that I found helpful. It shows the difference between theism, pantheism, and atheism.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist sells on the Apologia website for $16. You can view the Table of Contents and a Sample Chapter.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Curriculum Workbook
Introducing Apologia’s first apologetics curriculum for high school students! Based on Norman Geisler and Frank Turek’s best-selling book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, this study will prepare teens and young adults to defend their Christian faith with boldness and effectiveness. During this course, your student will tackle the question of absolute truth, demolish the follies of postmodernism, debunk moral relativism, and march logically and surely toward the inescapable truths of the Christian faith. This is a companion study, so your student will need a copy of the original book, which is available through Apologia.
I did not write in the workbook as I wanted it to be ready for my high school students. However I have spent some time reading through the lessons. It is a very thorough workbook that will have your student or yourself digging deep into what they believe and why. This workbook is written for high age students. I think it is best suited for 17 and 18 year olds. Maybe 16 depending on their depth of understanding of science and spiritual matters. I’m now trying to decide when would be a good time to assign this book and work book to my high school students. I want them to be old enough and mature enough to get the most out of it. The chapters in the workbook each correspond to a chapter in the book. Included are brief biographies of people who helped shape Christian and non-Christian worldviews, vocabulary activities, questions to further encourage students to think about the content and more.
I’m going to recommend I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist to my husband and others. I also have a couple of people on my gift list that would love this book. I think the work book would be great for adults, too, as it really helps you understand and apply the information in the book.
The I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook sells for $33. on the Apologia website. You can view the Table of Contents and a Sample Chapter.
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