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Norman L. Geisler , Frank Turek , David Limbaugh
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Book Description

March 12, 2004

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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Editorial Reviews


"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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; First Printing edition (March 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345612
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1,103 of 1,219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review In Two Parts 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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On the first page of the forward of this book (written by David Limbaugh), it says:

"I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" is the single best book I've seen to prepare believers to give reasons for their faith and for skeptics open to the truth".

Those last 6 words, I think are important. Many atheists have already made up their minds, and no amount of convincing short of Jesus Christ himself standing before them will convince them otherwise. I often wonder why those that fall into this camp spend so much time reading books about a God they are so dead set against believing in. If you are one of those that fall into this camp, then this book is not for you.

If on the other you are perhaps a non-believer, non-Christian, unsure, or a Christian that is seeking to understand with an open mind, then I highly recommend this book.

I am a Christian and enjoy reading books on Christian Apologetics (from the Greek "apologia" - speaking in defense) which is the topic of this book. This book, while not being a deep-dish into the subject of Christian Apologetics, I think does an excellent job of hitting all of the key elements of the subject while at the same time presents the subject in an "easy to digest", logical format. Turek & Geisler take a very methodical, stepwise approach to the subjects ranging from religious worldviews, Cosmology, Intelligent Design, evolution, the beginnings of the universe, object moral values.

I found Turek & Geisler's case to be both compelling and convincing. (again, given consideration to my opening statements). This is not a book heavy on Christian doctrine; this is not a book about religion, and most importantly, this is not some heavy-handed attempt to indoctrinate, kicking and screaming, the unwilling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Is Marching On! April 21, 2004
"I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist" convincingly shows why atheism and other non-Christian views require a lot more faith than Christianity. Geisler and Turek build their case from the question of truth all the way to truth of the Bible. Along the way, in a readable and often entertaining way, they debunk relativism, agnosticism, atheism, Darwinism and New Testament liberalism. Their explanations of how the big bang, the design found in both the Universe and living organisms (like humans!), and morality point to God are worth the price of the book.

I especially like the clarity they bring to the creation-evolution debate. Their point about how science is built on philosophy helps clear away much of the dust kicked into that often raucous debate. "It's not about the Bible vs. science or religion vs. science" they write, "but about good science vs. bad science." Geisler and Turek show that it's actually the Darwinists who are practicing the bad science. Darwinists rule out intelligent causes before they even look at the evidence. In doing so, they ignore observation-- the very foundation of science-- much as the opponents of Galileo once did. That's bad science built on bad philosophy.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist has four great chapters that systematically show why the New Testament documents are telling the truth. The authors show why we can be assured that the documents were written within a few decades of the evens which they report and contain historically-confirmed eyewitness details. They also cite non-Christian writers, archaeology, and list over 30 characters found in the New Testament that have been confirmed by secular sources.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but the contents are great and convincing
I didn't care for the title.. but the contents are great and convincing.
If you have doubts, read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for Christians
Every Christian must own this book if you intend to tell others WHY you believe. Fabulous book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helps equip Christians to defend their faith
Great book
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2.0 out of 5 stars This does seem to present some of the best arguments I have ever heard...
I've been going through this book a second time now, and I find it more and more unbelievable as I process the arguments being made. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book on origins
Most informative book I have read. It gives explanations for each
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Very informative book and delivery came quickly to my door!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Full of great evidence and fun stories, a good read. Still working through it haha.
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Well done and fairly comprehensive evidentialist apologetic for the layperson. I enjoyed reading it and it has helped me in approaching conversations with unbelieving family... Read more
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Book is inaccurate, incorrect & offensive.
I had hoped to find an actual intellectual target in this book to test my logical limits of atheism, but I found the authors to be intellectually dishonest whenever it suited them. I realize there are two authors, but I will refer to them both as "the author".

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No faith required - atheists
"A-InvisiblePinkUnicornist": Since you cannot prove the non-existence of the InvisiblePinkUnicorn, you can only believe that He does not exist. That means you need faith to be an a-InvisiblePinkUnicornist.

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"I don't know." Is the RIGHT answer.
"I don't know" is the right answer, but that simply makes you an agnostic and says nothing about whether you are an atheist or theist. If you believe in god, you're a theist... if you are unsure if you believe in god, you're an atheist. Theism/atheism and gnosticism/agnosticism are not... Read More
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