I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist - eBook
Profoundly helpful; occasionally condescending
What Led Me to This Book:
The content of this book is immensely helpful. I am a Christian who has struggled greatly with my faith due to a poor understanding of God. Shortly after starting off well I came under the influence of some bad theology, and this in combination with the lack of a good foundation caused my view of God for a long time to become not much different than that of a tyrant. After suffering the bondage of this view for long enough, in pursuit of freedom I naturally began considering worldviews other than Christianity and God... none of which ended up making much sense to me.
How It Helped Me:
Despite my improper view of God, the foundational truth of Christianity still made more sense to me than anything else. This in combination with personal experience kept me through this long and trying period. Eventually, I came to realize that my problem was not that I doubted God's existence but that I had an improper understanding of Him. But by the time I realized this I had gained a lot of newfound questions due to my journey outside of the faith and these needed to be dealt with. So I definitely came into this book with a bias, that is I wanted to repair my faith, but I was not prepared for just how convinced of my faith this book would make me. The enormous collection of arguments and the way they are clearly and logically presented is excellent. I often found myself thinking "yeah but what about this?" only to have the very next paragraph deal with my objection.
I've read a lot and I have yet to find a better single resource that covers nearly everything like this book does, and it is not afraid to tackle some of the most difficult objections in a manner that is easy to understand. The format and style is clear and easy to navigate lacking just about anything except the facts.
Strongly Recommended For Anyone "Looking For A Way In":
I realize I'm biased but please don't let that prevent you from checking this book out. Somebody once said to me regarding claims about the validity of the testimony of the Bible, "People come to the Bible in 2 ways, either looking for a way in or looking for a way out." This is not intended to be a blanket statement, but in my own life I've found this to be relatively true. I've had genuine intellectual struggles, yes, but I've found them to increase as I've considered the possibility of conclusions contrary to the Bible and God's existence. Christianity for me does seem to make much more sense than the alternatives. For those who are "looking for a way in", who are seeking God or already believe but are genuinely struggling, I think this book will be immensely helpful.
For those who are "looking for a way out", who wish to make sense of this world without God and Christianity, I doubt this book will be all that helpful. If it's genuine answers that are sought, I believe this book provides an abundance of them, but as I found with myself during the times when I was trying to "find a way out", the arguments for the faith really didn't matter. Deep down the truth was kind of always there but many of my questions came as a result of over complicating the obvious to avoid it. And that's one of the strengths of this book, it takes what appears to be very complicated arguments against the faith and profoundly answers them in a simple yet thorough and logical manner bringing the reader back to the obvious.
My One Complaint:
My only complaint is that the rhetoric and tone in a few places can be somewhat condescending especially if you are already sensitive to this type of language or have had a bad experience within Christianity. I wish the authors were more considerate in this regard as it can be a bit of a turn off, especially for someone who is not opposed to the faith but is genuinely struggling with the questions at hand. It can come off in places as if it's "preaching to the choir", and for people who have experienced a loveless or condescending Christianity, this book in places may "appear" to resemble that tone, though I don't believe in any way that this was the author's intention.
Please don't let this turn you off. I don't think it's purposeful condescension as much as it is a result of the author's having spent much of their life debating people who are militantly against Christianity. The further I got into the book the less it bothered me as the content is excellent and the author's genuine intentions shine forth.
Overall, I think it would have benefitted from a gentler and less sarcastic tone in places, but regardless, I cannot recommend this book enough for the intellectually struggling believer or seeker. It quite literally covers everything from cover to cover in a succinct yet powerful manner. I am grateful to the author's for putting forth such an excellent and comprehensive piece of work.
June 1, 2013
Great apologetic foundation
Great book for anyone wanting a foundational understanding of the major issues in Christian Apologetics. Written to engage those well versed in the subject as well as the new Christian searching for answers to the most common questions about our faith: evidence for the existence of God; the reliability of the Bible; the evidence for the divinity of Jesus Christ and the reality of JesusÃ¢ÂÂ crucifixion and resurrection.
February 22, 2013
best book on Christian apologetics i have read
This bis a must read for all Christians and an outreach tool for those who aren't Christians.
October 5, 2012
This book rocks!
The book contains a carefully crafted combination of facts, syllogisms, and anecdotes wrapped in a winsome narrative! I loved the book from cover to cover and have loaned it out to many of my atheistic friends. Dr. Geisler and Mr. Turok help their readers to successfully navigate the minefields of so-called "wisdom" of the world and bring them along on the journey until they finally reach the undeniable conclusion that it takes more faith to be an atheist than to be a believer of the God of the Bible.
I have also bought an audiobook version of the text so I am able to enjoy it while I am driving.
"I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" should be required reading for every young person, as it clearly delineates the reasons for the faith and ferrets out the lies of evolution and its accompanying atheistic presuppositions.
August 4, 2012