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.
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.
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.
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.