Apologia. A name synonymous with excellence. I have have had the privilege of reviewing several products by Apologia and I would like to tell you about another. 
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, written by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek, is a book designed to guide the reader "through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God" and ultimately to "show that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself". (Apologia)

I was introduced to this book as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. Members were given I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist workbook for review. Together, these two books make a wonderful curriculum for your High School student as well as being a great study for adults. 
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist offers the reader the knowledge to, logically & rationally, defend his/her faith. Using a step by step process, Geisler & Turek break down the arguments against Christianity and prove, without any reservations, that there is a God and that Jesus Christ is the Son and our Savior. 

Throughout the book, Geisler & Turek use the basics of logic to discuss the very topics many atheists use against Christianity and explain them in a way that makes sense so the reader is not required to have a theology degree to understand.
David Limbaugh, writes in the Forward, "This book also appealed to me because before tackling the issue of the truth of Christianity, it addresses the issue of truth itself, conclusively proving the  existence of absolute truth. It demolishes the follies of moral relativism and postmodernism, then proceeds systematically to march toward the inescapable truths of the Christian religion." This is so true! The introduction discusses the main religious worldviews that are common today: Theism, Pantheism, Atheism, & Agnosticis, defines them, and then compares and contrasts them (in a logical, rational, clean format). And this is just the introduction. The book is so much more! 
The book then walks the reader through "12 points that prove Christianity is true", looking at a single point at a time and evaluating it.

The workbook takes it one step further and encourages the student to delve deeper. The workbook is "organized to help you understand & remember the information presented in the book and make it real for your life." (IDHEF workbook "How to Use")

The workbook even expands on the books introduction. Reviewing Key Topics, Key Terms, and asking "thinking" questions. It reviews facts about the chapter and even has info on Carl Sagan & C.S. Lewis. Then it encourages the student to go deeper. 
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In each of the chapters of the workbook, there are four sections for the student to do: 1) the Hook, to remind you what you read and "warm up your brain" with a few questions 2) the Book, this takes you deeper into the issues and has more questions 3) Look, which encourages you to read more, don't just believe the author for the sake of believing & 4) Took, this summarizes the material and helps you apply it to your life and to become a stronger witness for Jesus Christ.

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist workbook, combined with the book, is Apologia's "first Apologetics curriculum" for High Schoolers. "This study will prepare teens and young adults to defend their Christian faith with boldness and effectiveness" (Apologia).  You can read the introduction and first chapter here and see why this is such a wonderful curriculum.

What we thought. I have always enjoyed Apologia's resources and this is no exception. We love I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist! It is well written and easy to understand. The workbook offered us the ability to formulate a complete understanding of what we read and how it applies to life. I like that Geisler & Turek took the logical approach instead of the down-your-throat tactics that are often used in this topic. They uncovered fallacy's and broke them apart to explain why. They didn't say "you have to believe this because we said so" but rather "we want you to understand so that you will also believe." 

I have to say, though, on my daughter's first look, she wasn't sure about it. As she read the forward and intro, she just kept saying it sounded like it read "“we might be wrong but this is what we believe”. There's a statement about being 95% right, and she didn't like that. She was concerned that if someone was reading it and didn't know The Truth, that they would stop after reading it and not learn more. But after further reading, she understood what was being said and was excited about continuing. Being in debate, she understood the importance of not starting out your argument with pointing fingers and telling someone why their point of view is wrong and yours is right. This book was written in a way that allows all readers to want to read it and not just those with the same viewpoints.

I can easily see how this curriculum could be used for an Apologetics class or in a study group. I will be using at least a portion of it in our Speech & Debate Club : ^ )

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist is available through Apologia for $16.00 and the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist workbook for $33.00. 
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Disclaimer: I received this product free as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew  with the sole purpose of providing an honest review after using it. For more information on this, please see my disclaimer.
 


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