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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; First Printing edition (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (515 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About 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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Customer Reviews

One has to think when one reads the book, but I am enjoying it.
Lighthouse Lady
After reading the book, one will become convinced that it truly does take more faith to be an atheist than it does to be a Christian.
Easy to read but has great information presented in a way that is very logical.
Sara Gilles

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1,085 of 1,201 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on June 19, 2005
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I am an agnostic who is looking for something to believe in. I have searched for years now, and generally am met with lukewarm explanations and radical fundamentalism from both camps. I am not self-righteous or pig-headed enough to categorically dismiss atheist or religious arguments simply because their tone bothered me, but it does get tiresome to be on the receiving end of what is usually more bitterness and dogmatic posturing than any kind of intelligent thought or reason.

Again, I'm talking about atheists as well as religious zealots.

Which is why I enjoyed this book so much.

This is a concise, well-crafted, thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of work. There is real insight to be gleaned from the pages, and although the sum total isn't what any open-minded person would call 100% convincing, it definitely gets much closer than anything else I've discovered.

There is much talk about this book setting up straw men to be knocked down, and although the book does do that on a few occasions, it is by no means what the ultimate premise is based on. In fact, although there were some sketchy arguments and hastily covered bases, and although there were explanations missing and topics omitted, I still felt, on the whole, that it was one of the more successful books I've read from either camp.

The tone (while every once in a while devolving into brief moments of snideness and cockiness) is generally quite intelligent and emotionally removed. There is little here that is bullying or smug, and for that I was grateful. It leant the text, with its vast array of debates and discussions, a snappy and no-nonsense delivery that helped elucidate the more hazily understood, philosophical explanations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 24, 2013
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I purchased this book assuming that its intended audience was not the professional philosopher or apologist but the average believer in the pew who wanted an easy-to-read overview of the arguments for Christian theism. I was right in this assumption. This is clearly not a book designed to appeal to the person who has spent a lifetime studying the various formulations of the ontological argument or the eschatological objection to greater-good theodicies. But not all books, particularly those that are designed to be comprehensible to a general audience, need focus on the esoterica that one might find in an article in a philosophical journal. All of which is to say that there is a place for a book like Geisler and Turek's, "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist."

However, having said this, I also wish to point out that it is crucial, even when making a popular presentation, as are Geisler and Turek, to be fair to one's opponents by presenting their arguments fairly and in the best light possible. Sad to say, Geisler and Turek have not done this, at least not consistently. As a result, many "atheistic" positions are caricatured or misrepresented. At other times, unpersuasive and shallow arguments against atheism are given. Occasionally the motives of atheists in holding a position are impugned. All of these devices are unfair, and could be avoided in a book designed to make a case for Christian theism that is accessible to a general audience.

What bothers me most in this genre of book (for Geisler and Turek are not alone in this sort of "straw man apologetics") is that Christians who read these books will assume that a persuasive case for Christianity and against atheism can be made with these sorts of arguments.
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60 of 83 people found the following review helpful By KA Parry on December 25, 2005
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On the back cover of this book, there is a quote from Josh McDowell that says something along the lines that if an atheist is still an atheist after reading this book, then he/she is living in denial. I'm afraid that I'm still an atheist, and as far as I know I don't think I'm living in denial. I'm simply not convinced by some of the arguments that Geisler & Turek have put forward here.

I enjoy reading and keeping up to date with apologetics, and I especially liked this book because the presentation was slick, the content easy to read, and the topics were placed in logical order to form a cumulative argument for Christianity.

But it all fell apart for me when I read the two chapters on evolution. I found these two chapters wrought with mistakes and misunderstandings of what evolution actually is. Not only do Geisler & Turek make the same mistake as Lee Strobel, in his book, Case for a Creator, by falsely linking atheism with evolution, but they also make false statements about evolution and abiogenesis (e.g., that man evolved from apes, and that the first life suddenly arose as a fully developed cell).

I admit I'm not an expert on evolution, but I do know something about the topic (I studied Zoology up until my second year of university, and I majored in Botany). I could easily pick out the mistakes in Geisler & Turek's chapters on evolution because I've had some previous exposure in this field. Now this is what worried me: if Geisler & Turek made fundamental mistakes in their chapters on evolution - a topic that I've formally studied in the past - what other mistakes did they make with other topics in the book, topics that I know very little about? I was left wondering, for the rest of the book, if all of Geisler & Turek's claims and premises in other chapters could be trusted.

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