I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
post written by Emma Filbrun
Title: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
Author: Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek
Major Themes: Atheism, Creationism, Christianity, Apologetics, History, Science, Bible Study, Christian Non-fiction
Synopsis: How can you know what is truth, and what to believe?
Every month, christianaudio.com offers an audiobook for free, and if it is one that I think my husband might be interested in, I download the book for him to listen to while he works. A few years ago, one of the offerings was I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, and when he listened to it about a year ago, he was so impressed that he asked me to buy a print copy. When it came, I started to read it—but then a friend asked to borrow it. We finally got it back recently, and I made a point to get through it, so another friend can borrow it! This is a good book, well worth reading and passing around.
The authors begin by asking the question if we can handle the truth. What is truth, anyway? Is truth knowable? They move on to describing four different arguments in favor of the existence of a theistic God. This section was extremely interesting; part of it had to do with the necessity for a beginning of time, a beginning of matter, and that there has to be an intelligence behind the universe. There were so many details in this section that I’m sure I didn’t absorb half of what was presented.
They then discuss if miracles are real. Assuming they are, what is the purpose of them? How can we know if the miracles described in the Bible really happened? This chapter was one of my favorites. I could hardly believe all the details the authors listed from the book of Acts alone that have been verified by history, archaeology, or ancient writings. They next moved into discussing why the New Testament is historically reliable. We can trust the accounts in it—why? This was also fascinating and faith-building.
If the New Testament is reliable, and it says that Jesus claimed to be God, can we believe that? Several chapters discuss this problem, and talk about how we can know that His claims are truth. Finally, since Jesus is God, then what He teaches is true—that means that anything opposed to His teachings, and the Bible, is false. Now, what will we do with this knowledge? The book ends with the challenge to believe Him.
As I said, I found I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist encouraging, faith-building, and challenging. There is so much information inside this thick book, it can be rather daunting to start reading, but I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be prepared to answer people’s objections to believing in Jesus. It might be best to read it a few times, though!
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Keywords: Atheism, Creationism, Christianity, Apologetics, History, Science, Bible Study, Christian Non-fiction