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I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  1,877 ratings  ·  190 reviews
I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist argues that Christianity requires the least faith of all worldviews because it is the most reasonable. The authors lay out the evidence for truth, God, and the Bible in logical order and in a readable, non-technical, engaging style. A valuable aid to those interested in examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith, Geisler ...more
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Jacob J.
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It may be unfair, even mean-spirited of me to review and rate this book, being an atheist who is supremely vexed by all things anti-science (or misrepresentative of science). I suppose it would be remiss of me not to mention what the authors would call my ‘anti-supernatural bias’ prior to reading this book, but as they themselves seem to enjoy pointing out, being biased doesn’t mean one is wrong. Perhaps I should leave this book’s worth-assessment to those who think Apologetics and
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Alyssa
Jun 07, 2008 Alyssa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who argues religion, but do not ONLY read this book!!

It was really hard to get through the first few chapters because they were so patronizing, but I muddled through the book so that when it comes up in discussions about religion, I'll know what people are talking about. It did get more interesting as it went on, but there were many logical fallacies, as other reviewers have also said. For instance, the Road Runner Tactic is key in knocking down Atheist arguments, such as when someone says "nothing is absolute" you can say "is the statement that n
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L.S.
This book is great! I recommend it to Christians or people who have serious doubts about the Christian faith. Atheist will probably say that the arguments are straw-man or the facts are not reliable.
I really enjoyed the first two chapters about logic and the knowledge of truth. A great part is where Norm is telling the story of how he, in only a few sentences, destroys the logical positivism course of one of his professors from Detroit University. Then the book deals with some arguments favorin
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Suz
Jun 18, 2008 Suz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!!
Shelves: christian
This is pretty much the best book ever. I think that it's probably the no. 1 or 2 apologetics book that I've read so far. It's so logical!
Patrik
Whether you believe that there is a God or if you believe that there isn't a God there are a lot of things out there that we believe based on faith. From the beginning of the universe, to the beginning of life, to the historical reliability of historical documents such as Homer's Illiad to Alexander the Great to the Bible. Using scientific methods of induction and logic and making extensive use of proven scientific theory, this book suggests that it takes MORE faith to not believe in the events ...more
Paige
Given to me by a friend...but I could barely get through the first 10 pages. Premise: it takes alot of "faith" to be an atheist, and takes less faith to be a Christian...ipso facto, just give in and be a Christian before you go straight to Hell! Also, began rambling about how the Old Testament is the most meticulously maintained historical record ever! Okay, I have better things to do with my time. I'm not an atheist anyway, just not a fundamentalist Christian! I'll take my chances. Jesus, save ...more
Michael
Mar 21, 2007 Michael rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fundamentalists
This book was given to me by my daughter who has become a Fundamentalists and she is trying her utmost to bring into the fold. As a courtesy to her, I slogged my way through it and found it to be a waste of time. The book is shot full with fallacies, dubious psychological extrapolations, bad philosophy and muddled thinking.
We did have some good discussions though :)))
Richard
Final Review:
Very hard to get through Chapter 6. I couldn't believe I still had half the book to wade through. But as bad as their argument is, I got through it.
This is an anti-education, anti-science book.
Their basic argument is "we don't understand, therefore there's a god."


First thoughts:

Just starting, so far, no good. Very fallacious.

How much faith does one have to have not to accept an unsupported claim? Let's take god out and stick in faery dust. If You were to tell me you have a pocket
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Elisabeth
I found this book very useful recently when I was writing a paper in my philosophy class on the Cosmological Argument for the Existence of God. I know my high school asked me to keep all the books I read for my Bible class and it was sometimes annoying, but do save them because you never know when they may come in handy. I did really well on the paper.
Matt Long
An excellent introduction to Christian apologetics. This covers the foundations of what Christians believe, why they believe it, and the evidence God has provided us to know that the Bible is His word.
Ed
Jun 22, 2008 Ed rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pinheads
While this book professed to show how non-belief requires the faith so derided by atheists, it soon derailed and failed to make a case at all.
Erin
Nov 17, 2007 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This book is great because by using science, logic, and history it explains why God exists and why Jesus was more than just a person. Over all it states the case for why believing in a higher being requires LESS faith than believing in nothing. I would recommend this book to Christians, people of other religions, those questioning a higher power, and Atheists.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Sep 26, 2014 Kelly H. (Maybedog) marked it as not-interested  ·  review of another edition
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!

A book for agnostics! Wait...this isn't a joke? Huh? Yeah, I don't have enough faith to be an atheist, but I sure as hell don't have enough to be a Christian. How can you not have enough faith to be something that doesn't require a lot of faith but do have enough to be the thing that only depends on faith? Huh? You don't have enough faith to not have faith? What? Either say you have faith (awesome, go for it, kudos--wish I
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Kellee
Definitely my favorite apologetics book!
Dave Jones
I was channel-surfing one night when I came across Frank Turek's (co-author) I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Great show! Great speaker.

An apologetic gem! Messrs. Geisler & Turek walk the reader using an objective, logical basis for the veracity of the Bible, the historicity of biblical events, life's origin, and even the beginning of everything (i.e. the beginning and subsequent development of the Universe.)

While this volume will encourage the believer, it is really written wit
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Shaun
This book takes a basic approach to defending Christianity as a l/ogical choice. The first portion is geared from a scientific perspective and how the world could not come into existence on its own, which includes discussion of the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Due to there being a creator (the book does not endorse creation science, but more so intelligent design) there must be a God (Jew, Christian, or Muslim). The authors then discuss the possibility of miracles, which must be true based on how ...more
Chionesu
This was an excellent presentation of several compelling, positive arguments for theism -- and more specifically Christianity -- spanning multiple disciplines of thought and science. The overwhelming volume of the arguments made are delivered by employing cogent philosophical arguments outside of Christian theology. It does lean towards the more academic side of reading but not to a degree that can't be reached with modest intellectual effort, curiosity, and honesty. "I Don't Have Enough Faith t ...more
Andy
Apr 08, 2012 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE
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Jennifer
Aug 28, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who doubts God or wants to strengthen their faith
Recommended to Jennifer by: radio program
This book is a must read by anyone regardless of their beliefs. Yes, it is a Christian book but it discusses the proof of God's existience with easy to undersatnd scientific data.
Rose
Jan 06, 2008 Rose rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wondering if what they have always been taught is correct.
This book was very helpful while I was going through a crisis of faith. It helped put some things in perspective and set me on a path that has strengthened my faith.
Kristi
This book is great when it comes to evidence about the existence of God. I liked it because it provides logic based arguments instead of merely faith based statements..
J.D. Boesch
Amazing book. A must-read for any skeptic and anyone who needs ammunition for anti-christian discussions.
Joyce
The book is written in an easy to read manner, presenting overwhelming, beyond reasonable doubt evidence from cosmology, biology, and other sciences that there is a supernatural being that has created this world. In addition, it provides overwhelming evidence from these same sciences that the creation account presented in the book of Genesis is the best explanation for the creation of the universe and this earth. Atheism and the theory of evolution do not even come close in being able to provide ...more
J. Nespoli
I read this book on the recommondation of my father, who worries for my agnostic soul.

I read it, and actually took about 27 pages of notes for him (yes, Im that guy). This book is elementary in its arguments and begins the entire process on the false notion that atheists and agnostics believe "there is no such thing as truth", which, in itself, is a self-defeating statement. Atheists do not believe there is no such thing as truth. They just believe that they know the truth and everyone else is w
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Timo
The authors highlight from the start how logical they are in their assesment of the subject. However, their arguments are quite the opposite. For example, on page 43, they write about a conversation with Don:

"Well Don, ... There's the ordinary agnostic who says he doesn't know anything for sure and then there's the ornery agnostic who says he can't know anything for sure"

Then the conversation goes on to prove that thus the agnostic claim is self-defeating. But of course, they have twisted the de
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Bryant Rudisill
A truly excellent argument for the existence of God. Gives Christians empirical evidence for what they believe and keeps us from falling into blind faith. The book is incredibly dense. After laying a foundation for the objectivity of truth, the authors go on to consider the existence of God through the cosmological, teleological, and moral arguments. Dealing with the Anthropic Principle, the Big Bang, and the acronym SURGE. Concluding these arguments they go on to explain how miracles are possib ...more
Matt
Overall this is a good introduction to Christian apologetics and theology. I have read it both as a student and as a teacher of a class based on the text.

The book begins with an overview of worldviews and an explanation of the project of the book. The project of the book is to begin at near total skepticism and end at Christian theism through exploration of worldviews, a look at arguments for theism, and assessment of the historical evidence for Christian claims as well as a few stops along the
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Ryan
This book takes a basic approach to defending Christianity as a logical choice. The first portion is geared from a scientific perspective and how the world could not come into existence on its own, which includes discussion of the 2nd law of thermodynamics. Due to there being a creator (the book does not endorse creation science, but more so intelligent design) there must be a God (Jew, Christian, or Muslim). The authors then discuss the possibility of miracles, which must be true based on how t ...more
William Coleman
Excellent, easy-to-read apologetic for our day. It logically walks through evidence showing why belief in God, and ultimately Jesus Christ, is not only rational but probable.
Isaiah
I recommend that every christian reads this book.
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Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) has taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and is distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and Christian Ethics. He and his wife live in Charlotte, ...more
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