Tuesday, August 14, 2012

REVIEW: “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” book and workbook from Apologia

I am reviewing a wonderful book called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and the matching workbook from Apologia.

From the Website:

I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist

Cost: $16.00

Sample Chapter
Table of Contents

ISBN: 978-1-58134-561-2

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 Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist Workbook

Cost: $33.00
I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist Workbook
Sample Chapter
Table of Contents

ISBN: 978-1-935495-84-0

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.
 
Our Experience:

I tried out these products myself.  It is a program of study intended for high school to adult.  Really, the book is great for anyone who wants to strengthen their ability to defend their faith to unbelievers or those who believe in something other than Christ.  The workbook is for high school children to use in conjunction with the book in order to complete a credit for bible/religion studies.

When using the book and workbook in combination with each other, the entire program is intended to cover 9 months of study.  It suggests spending 2-3 weeks per chapter to fully digest the information. 

I felt the workbook was more or less busy work, so it really is a school-type product for a high school student.  As an adult, nothing about it made me delve deeper into my thought process to gain deeper understanding of the material.  However, it’s a great way to take notes for future reference.  It more or less sums up what you’ve read and helps you organize the material in your head. 

The book itself, though, is wonderful!  I’m several chapters into it now, and I love the methodical way it helps you to:
1.  see into the mind of an unbeliever (or "other" believer) to further understand where they are coming from and what their thought process may be that brought them to their place of perspective

2.  methodically break down that thought process and use it to dispel itself

3.  show the unbeliever that it’s less of a leap to accept faith in Christ than to accept that we should have no faith at all
In each chapter of the book, it takes you through another argument someone may use to support their claim.  Then it explains the theory behind the claim and uses it to show why that claim is without basis.  It lays out the foundations of the three major religious worldviews and then breaks them down.  Then at the end of the book, it shows how much evidence there is to support faith in Christianity.  I am looking forward to finishing the book and sharing it with others! 

I have a young relative who began to question his faith in college and hasn’t quite found his way back yet.  I am planning to send this set to his mom to read herself and then give to him, as he’s been asking her to help him work through his thoughts on faith. 

I also plan to share this book with our preacher.  I think oftentimes when we have strong faith in Christ, it can be difficult for us to mentally wrap our minds around the thoughts of those who lack that faith because we simply can’t relate to life without faith.  I think this book offers a unique peek into the minds of those who either misunderstand or lack understanding altogether.  By better understanding their reasoning, we can better break it down and show why a belief in God and a desire to obey Him is the key to eternal life.

I think the book is definitely a good value, because after all, what price tag can you put on the chance to draw someone closer to God?  Planting seeds to grow someone into His kingdom is priceless indeed.

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I received these products free of charge for review purposes.  However, all opinions are mine and reflect my family’s honest use of the products.