All worldviews, including atheism, require faith. Believing anything requires some degree of faith, even if many adherents don't want to think so. I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist argues that Christianity requires the least faith of all because id is the most reasonable. In a logical, readable, non-technical, engaging style, Norman Geisler and Frank Turek lay out the evidence that the truth about reality is knowable, that God exists, and that the Bible is reliable. In this valuable aid for those interested in examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith, doubters of all sorts will find their abjections answered and Christians will find their confidence in the reasonableness of the faith strengthened.Publishers Description
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.
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Release Date Jul 17, 2006
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|Not Enough Faith to be an Atheist Dec 22, 2008|
|This is an excellent book for non-Christians and Christians alike. Anyone wanting to explore some heavy evidence and understand the truth should read this book.|
|This is a great book, but people misunderstand it Dec 18, 2008|
|First, I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and that it was a very thought-provoking and persuasive work. I recommend that everyone alive should read it. But if you have the wrong idea about what the book is trying to accomplish, you will probably get upset about it and write an indignant review on this site.|
The main point of this review is to address certain objections to it put forth by many of its critics. The objections to which I refer chiefly consist of saying that this book does not "prove" anything and specifically, that it assumes intelligent design without "proving" it.
THAT IS EXACTLY THE POINT. The point of this book is NOT TO "PROVE" ANYTHING beyond a shadow of a doubt as some people claim or expect. The authors only purport to show that given the data of experience, Christianity is MORE LIKELY TO BE TRUE than alternative explanations such as materialism.
The authors hold that nothing empirical can be proven beyond all doubt (as I think is the hallmark of any reasonable person), but that the truth of explanations are made more or less likely by the amount and quality of evidence for a given position. They continue on to say that we should believe the explanation that is MOST LIKELY given the data. Demanding "absolute" proof for everything you believe would prevent a person who is logically consistent from doing ANYTHING.
Also, believing in the most likely explanation for a phenomenon rather than requiring "absolute" proof IS PERFECTLY CONSISTENT with the methodology of empirical science, as it is always seeking to perfect its understanding of the world by seeking new data and better explanations for the phenomena with which it is concerned. If things in science were taken to be proven beyond an absolute doubt, then science would cease to exist because no new explanations could be allowed or sought after.
A good example of this is the great delay in medical advancement by unquestioning, dogmatic adherence to the Aristotelian biological theory of the four humors. People were not allowed to question these premises for centuries, and thus medical progress in the West was stifled until the Renaissance.
Using presuppositional logic as the authors do is perfectly fine, because the authors' goal is to show that Christianity fits the facts of existence better than alternatives, not to prove it or any of its components beyond any possible doubt. Presuppositional logic is especially useful in this instance, because if flaws can be found in a system's presuppositions, then the system has no chance of being true. However, if a system's presuppositions do not of themselves lead to any contradictions or absurdities, then it must accepted as possible and in need of further investigation.
In sum, requiring that the authors demonstrate their claims beyond any doubt is not only intellectually dishonest, it is impossible. They are merely showing that GIVEN THE DATA OF EXISTENCE, Christianity is the best explanation for everything.
|Norm Geisler rocks! Sep 19, 2008|
|Brilliant! Starts from the ground up by looking at questions like "can we know truth" and "is there truth" before moving on to the question of God's existence. After establishing that, the authors turn to the question of Jesus and who he was. They end with a discussion of why the bible should be believed and considered infallible. So this is actually an apologetic for Christianity, not just theism. The only problem is that the authors stop short and don't deduce WHICH Christian Church is the Church founded by Jesus. Of course, Norm and I disagree with which church that is, but I still love Norm!|
|Excellent read Aug 25, 2008|
|This is required reading for my daughter's 10th grade bible class but I couldn't help taking a peak. Its well written and draws the reader in. It is written in language more appropriate for adults. It is certainly a challenge for my 16 year old who is used to reading more text messages than real language. |
|NAZI style propoganda Aug 16, 2008|
|With such an interesting title I could'nt pass this one up. When I saw Mr. Turek speak online in one of his videos I thought he might have some creditals. Indeed on the back on this book it says he has some degrees. It was'nt until I went to his website that I found out he has no degrees in science. He has a degree in Christian apologetics and a masters in public administration. In other words he is nothing more than a motivational speaker. The book is anything but critical science. The author(s) bombard the reader with straw-man anologies, cherry-picking, circular logic, and "nazi type propoganda. I'm surprised Turek/Geisler did'nt offer a "final solution" to deal with the atheist problem. More to follow....|
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