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. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, ...

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I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Foreword by David Limbaugh)

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

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"I already know ten people to whom I will give this book. It's truly a Godsend."
David Limbaugh, Author, Absolute Power and Persecution, from the Foreword

"I wish [this book] had been available when I was an atheist-it would have saved a lot of time in my spiritual journey toward God!"
Lee Strobel, Author, The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

"If you're still a skeptic after reading I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, then I suspect you're living in denial!"
Josh McDowell, author and speaker

"Atheism requires gobs of blind faith while the path of logic and reason leads straight to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Geisler and Turek convincingly show why."
Phillip E. Johnson, Author, Darwin on Trial and Reason in the Balance

"I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist will equip, exhort, and encourage you'to give the reason for the hope that you have . . . with gentleness and respect.'"
Hank Hanegraaff, President, The Christian Research Institute, Host, Bible Answer Man

"This book should disturb anyone claiming to be an atheist . . . perhaps enough to persuade them to begin a search for the God who has been there all along."
Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist, Host, After Hours, Fox News Channel

"Geisler and Turek present the crucial information needed to avoid being swept away by the onslaughts of secular ideologies that cast science, philosophy, and biblical studies as enemies of the Christian faith."
William A. Dembski, Senior Fellow, Center for Science and Culture, Discovery Institute; author, Being as Communion


"I already know ten people to whom I will give this book. It's truly a Godsend."
David Limbaugh, Author, Absolute Power and Persecution, from the Foreword

"I wish [this book] had been available when I was an atheist-it would have saved a lot of time in my spiritual journey toward God!"
Lee Strobel, Author, The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

"If you're still a skeptic after reading I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, then I suspect you're living in denial!"
Josh McDowell, author and speaker

"Atheism requires gobs of blind faith while the path of logic and reason leads straight to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Geisler and Turek convincingly show why."
Phillip E. Johnson, Author, Darwin on Trial and Reason in the Balance

"I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist will equip, exhort, and encourage you'to give the reason for the hope that you have . . . with gentleness and respect.'"
Hank Hanegraaff, President, The Christian Research Institute, Host, Bible Answer Man

"This book should disturb anyone claiming to be an atheist . . . perhaps enough to persuade them to begin a search for the God who has been there all along."
Cal Thomas, Syndicated Columnist, Host, After Hours, Fox News Channel

"Geisler and Turek present the crucial information needed to avoid being swept away by the onslaughts of secular ideologies that cast science, philosophy, and biblical studies as enemies of the Christian faith."
William A. Dembski, Author, The Design Revolution

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581345612
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 58,793
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman L. Geisler is author or coauthor of some sixty books, including The Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics and his four-volume Systematic Theology. He has taught at the university and graduate level for nearly forty years and has spoken or debated in all fifty states and in twenty-five countries. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University and now serves as president of Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Frank Turek holds two Master’s degrees and is pursuing a doctorate in apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he serves as vice president. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, and Politically Incorrect. His first book, Legislating Morality: Is It Wise? Is It Legal? Is It Possible? (coauthored with Norman Geisler) won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion award as the best book in its category.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface: How Much Faith Do You Need to Believe This Book? 13
Acknowledgments 15
Introduction: Finding the Box Top to the Puzzle of Life 17
1 Can We Handle the Truth? 35
2 Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All? 51
3 In the Beginning There Was a Great SURGE 73
4 Divine Design 95
5 The First Life: Natural Law or Divine Awe? 113
6 New Life Forms: From the Goo to You via the Zoo? 137
7 Mother Teresa vs. Hitler 169
8 Miracles: Signs of God or Gullibility? 197
9 Do We Have Early Testimony About Jesus? 221
10 Do We Have Eyewitness Testimony About Jesus? 251
11 The Top Ten Reasons We Know the New Testament Writers Told the Truth 275
12 Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? 299
13 Who Is Jesus: God? Or Just a Great Moral Teacher? 327
14 What Did Jesus Teach About the Bible? 355
15 Conclusion: The Judge, the Servant King, and the Box Top 377
Appendix 1 If God, Why Evil? 389
Appendix 2 Isn't That Just Your Interpretation? 402
Appendix 3 Why the Jesus Seminar Doesn't Speak for Jesus 409
Notes 412
General Index 436
Scripture Index 442
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  • Posted October 12, 2010

    Philosophy & Forensics

    I have read the objections to this book. As with most debates, they have valid points, but they miss the point. Christian apologetic thought is about getting you to the point of realizing truth beyond all reasonable doubt. Faith will fill the gap. The thesis of this book is in the title. You can quibble about the details and pick apart minor parts of the puzzle, but in the end, the overwhelming evidence is........OK, read the the book.

    As I read the book, I came to realize how I determine truth in life is no different than how we need to view Christianity. I work in the criminal justice system and we determine truth the old fashion way. I've seen rapist, domestic violence perpetrators, drunk drivers convicted beyond all reasonable doubt when we applied the use of classical philosophy, forensics and the scientific evidence (mostly circumstantial). In fact, our closing statements in court follow this logic, "In light of X, and X, and X, and X, what would a reasonable person conclude?" Are there holes in our arguments? Yes. Are there gaps that require faith? Yes. Will we ever reach 100% proof for Christ? No. Jesus Christ praised those that have true faith and trust without seeing first hand.

    I view these types of books as tools for training Christians-young and old in developing their faith--adding depth sort of speak. If we can save a few atheists through debates-great, but in the end, Christians have to unequivocally have faith and trust in the Holy Spirit to do His work.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    The most reasonable 'box top' to life's puzzle

    This book does an excellent job of presenting the evidence for the Christian faith and showing that it is not a blind faith, but a reasonable faith built upon the evidence we see in astronomy, physics, and biology as well as historical evidence for the reliability of the Bible. Any honest seeker of truth will find that this book provides the 'box top' that makes the most sense of life's fundamental questions about who we are, why we exist, and where we are going.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Ok...Where do I begin

    "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" was little more than a book of Christian apologetics. To begin with, the book started off with a faulty philosophical basis. It was filled with logical fallacies. One of which was the Law of Non-Contradiction, which the authors accused many others of violating. The authors also lump together Atheists and Darwinists as if they were one in the same,which was not necessarily true. The authors also misrepresented evolutionary processes and grossly omited evidence not their liking. I was also left unconvinced by their design arguments and their emphasis on the anthropic principle. Moreover, their arguments verifying the historical "truth" of the bible was clearly an attempt to validate the assumption that Christianity is the one and only truth as opposed to any other religion or system of thought. I could go on with other examples. In essence, this book will certainly appeal to those who want to validate their beliefs. It's arguments were not well founded as whole, though I must say some did get me to think. However, because of the nature of the writing and the clear agenda of the authors, I cannot call this book scholarly. I would more highly recommend books by John Shelby Spong and by Scotty McLennan which focus on the good Christians can do in society and the inner dimensions of the Christian faith--all without coming off as pontificial and haughty.

    6 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Preaches to the Choir

    Basically, if you already agree with the premise of the book, you will go away thinking you got proof.

    But the definition of atheism is just an answer to the proposition that there is a god. Nothing more. Is there the christian god? I don't believe it. Is there Krishna? I don't believe it. Is there Zeus? I don't believe it. If you don't believe in Zeus, congratulations, you're an atheist for Zeus. Does that mean it takes faith?

    What is faith? The willingness to believe something in the absence of evidence or in direct conflict with evidence--which takes considerable mental and emotional work (considering the neurotic, OCD habitual level of prayer and church going--whew!)

    No. Basically, this book just allows you to further knot the rope tying you to Christianity really. It's not really informative otherwise, considering the title is a complete fallacy you'd have to be wiling to buy into (in other words, faith despite evidence to the contrary).

    Anywho... If that speaks to you, then this is the book for you.

    5 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

    Great Read

    Love the way this book is laid out and the wording is meant for all educations, not just those who are theologians or psychologists. Frank and Norm put life experiences into the book to get the reader more involved.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2005

    Great read for teachers of young minds

    This book is brilliantly written and proves what great men of science, such as Pascal, Newton, Einstien, Faraday, and Plank knew as common sense - that Faith and logic do go hand-in-hand. It's sad to know that there are so many uneducated and biased teachers, who don't understand science nor history, in the classrooms. Oh well.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Disappointed

    I was hoping that this book would be logically written. Unfortunately, faith and logic do not go hand-in-hand. This is just unconvincing fundamentalism. Oh well.

    4 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Any thinking rational individual, that looks at the complexity o

    Any thinking rational individual, that looks at the complexity of the sun,moon and stars, the complexity of the human mind or the body, the complexity of anything biological, would have to admit to an intelligent design way beyond our finite ability to understand. The difference between the atheist and rational beings is that they approach anything logical with a predetermined bias, the same as everyone else. It actually takes more faith to believe in millions/billions of years of evolution, and to allow mankind to dictate what you will believe even though you are bombarded with lies and made fun of due to you not accepting the lies that are being fed to all of humanity by evolutionary scientist. To believe in some big explosion, which would be at unimaginable temps, and some 1 cell organism then survives for millions of years without oxygen in the voids of the galaxy, then to have the planets stop in the vacuum of space at just the precise area to create life., and here we are now after emerging from the ooze of some swamp, seems a little far fetched.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2006

    A Funny Read

    Having faith is one thing, but believing that Christianity is truthful is just pure idiocy. This book repeats the same mindless propaganda that the church has regurgitated since the days of being a cult (yes Christianity was considered a cult when the Romans were still in power). You can't consider yourself a faith of love when you systematically and brutally convert or kill believers of other faiths while at the same time spewing that the others faiths are wrong and evil, having no morals. The eradication of the Gnostics, the crusades, the Spanish inquisition, non-involvement in the holocaust, these are the teachings of Christianity

    2 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Well done!

    Pearls before some... to be sure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Y

    Like the message the book spreads. Too bad the author who wrote it is A COMPLETE IDIOT!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

    Highly reccomended - great introduction to apologetics

    While there are a large number of books on apologetics, there are only a handful that are geared toward the non-academic mind. This is one of them. Geisler and Turek have done a wonderful job of presenting the argument for Christianity that is accessible to a general audience without dumbing down the content. Taking the argument step by step and presenting facts that are thoroughly documented and footnoted, this book will have many deserved highlights and underlines once it reaches your hands. It is very useful as a resource to keep handy and very readable at the same time. Looking to understand the Christian Faith? Looking to introduce yourself to philosophy and apologetics? This is the book for you.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Despite a flashy title, nothing but the same old arguments.

    If you have read anything at all about religion and atheism, you'll find that this book contains nothing but the same old arguments re-written once again (fine-tuned universe, first-cause, cause of morality, etc). You'll also find that these arguments still follow all of the same fallacies.

    Of particular note is the hack job the authors perform on the theory of evolution. Not only are their arguments wrong, but they are not even arguing to the actual theory of evolution, rather the twisted and warped theory as they define it. One must wonder if Mr. Geisler or Mr. Turek are simply ignorant of eighth-grade biology or if they are being intentionally misleading.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Atheism does not require faith

    And I believe the authors failed in their quest to prove so.

    1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    Can not put this book down

    I bought my husband this book and he is one that does not spend alot of time reading. He has to make himself put this book down. He states it is very interesting and to the point. He is enjoying it very much and has friends waiting to read it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Had a difficult time putting it down

    I found this to be a very captivating, well written book that didn't require you to have a doctorate in Theology to understand like a couple of other books I've recently purchased and TRIED to read. This book really got me excited-- knowing that my beliefs ARE based on scientific evidence and not just 'blind' faith has done wonders for my excitement and ablility to share the Good News with others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2004

    Captivating

    This book had some great philosophical points concerning absolute morals and truth. There are some scientific proofs that are well explained in this book that most evolutionists like to ignore when pushing their theory. Great logic was used in explaining why the Bible must be true. The authors' style was entertaining and so captivating that I read it twice within a month.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    life Faith Changing!

    Everyone. MUST READ!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Great book!

    Dont listen to the ignornce of some, for they struggle with the Is there a god? Question. If we humble, seek with all our hearts, God promises to reveal Himself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Acts 17:11!!!!

    I got this book at a student conference where I heard mr turek talk nd I am so excited to use it in discussions! To those who find fallacies within.. please start telling us specifics because as acts 17 tells us.. we need to keep examining the evidence! This book certainly inspired me to do so!

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