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I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

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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.
Paperback, 447 pages
Published March 12th 2004 by Crossway Books (first published 2004)
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ironicinori In my experience, that hesitation is only surface level. If you ask someone what they think about life, if there are aliens, does God exist, is this a…moreIn my experience, that hesitation is only surface level. If you ask someone what they think about life, if there are aliens, does God exist, is this all there is... they are more than happy to discuss it. Most of the time it's kind of a "gee I don't think about that enough, thanks for the converstion!" reaction.

My circumstances may be vastly different than yours though. I'm a single dude trying to bring up deep existential topics on dates, rather than talking about her favorite drink or sports team or the weather.

Still, just give it a try, and if the person truly doesn't care and would rather swipe through instagram pics, then they aren't really worth a deep conversation anyway!(less)

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Jakob J.
Nov 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
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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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, apologetics
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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 21, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 :)))
Joey T
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fam-owns-it
This book was amazing and helped me a ton. Great for anyone who may be dealing with any atheistic friends or someone who is just curious about the scientific reasons atheism and evolution are not true.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favorite apologetics book!
Jun 22, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jacob O'connor
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love that Geisler and Turek put their argument up front. It gives the book a solid structure, and it gets the conversation going. We can get right to the point.

I liked less the tone. They write with an I'm-smarter-than-you vibe that will likely turn off those who most need the information.

Finally, while I understand the snarky reversal intended by the book's title, it may do more harm than good. It plays into mistaken notions of "blind" faith. It misunderstands what faith is and how it's use
Oct 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Sep 26, 2014 marked it as not-interested

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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious, own
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.
Apr 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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..
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book probably represents the best case Christian apologetics can make in the twenty-first century. But that's not saying much. Geisler and Turek divide their book into several broad arguments for theism before moving on to the more specific argument that Christianity is the only true religion. These broad arguments include the "cosmological argument," which deals with the beginning of the universe, the "teleological argument," which deals with the design of the universe and of life on earth ...more
Winston Jen
May 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Turek and Geisler clearly have axes to grind against their college professors. Sadly, for all their bluster and apologetics "gotcha" arguments, after trimming away at their premises, all we are really left with are appeals to intuition and ignorance. While inductive reasoning (the byproduct of intuition's usefulness throughout most of human history), close analysis reveals the flaws in these arguments. Similarly, while life may appear to be perfectly designed for their niches, examinations of bi ...more
Matt Long
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A masterful work. While I can see the flaws, I have to give this five stars purely for the amount of work that went into it.

Mini rant about a side point:
While they do draw a distinction between micro and macroevolution, the authors carefully evade the contradictions between the creation account and macroevolution. I still want to find a book that talks about creationism and compares macroevolution against the creation story of the Bible. Geisler and Turek don’t tackle that problem in this book.

Dave Jones
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible
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 with a
Oct 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ANYONE
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Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
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
Austin Pack
I would choose fewer stars if I could. Maybe faith is required to purport the truth of any non-Christian way of viewing the world, but complete and utter intellectual dishonesty is required to present this material. I'm not that intelligent, and I can blow shotgun holes through the arguments presented.

They attempt to prove the validity of a theistic approach, as well as the inerrant Word of God(Bible). Which is what they prove. However, if I attempt to disprove the inerrant Bible, I can do so
Jan 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Good book reviewers should have the stamina to give unbiased reviews of books with opposing ideologies, but this 'Apologetics 101' text is disappointing enough that I feel no guilt in giving it a low rating.
The simple truth is that "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" tries to bite off much more than it can chew by attempting to travel literally from the basic laws of logic down to a particular brand of Trinitarian Evangelical Christianity, leaving globbing puddles of naivety in its wake
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Noel Burke
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book. I cannot recommend it more to anyone curious about Christianity, skeptical of it, doubtful of the existence of God, etc. The book takes a scientific and logical approach to examining the evidence of Christianity. Actually, it considers the question of there being a God and how the universe was created first. It then tackles the topics like the validity of Scripture. It leaves the skeptic with no room to move because the evidence is so overwhelmingly in favor of Chris ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
I found the dual purpose interesting. The author manages to write a book that teaches Christians how to defend their faith and presents the sustainability of Christian logic to skeptics simultaneously. For me, it worked really well, but then I was more interested in the apologetics side of his presentation. There are already so many really good reviews out there so I’m just going to recommend it to everyone.
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Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) taught at top evangelical colleges and seminaries for over fifty years and was a distinguished professor of apologetics and theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He was the author of nearly eighty books, including the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and Christian Ethics. He and his wife lived in Charlotte ...more

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