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  • ASIN: B003KW65MC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (557 customer reviews)
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Easy to read but has great information presented in a way that is very logical.
Sara Gilles
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.
Mark
The book is rife with straw man fallacies and oversimplifications of the matter just to employ the author's poor logic.
Blake B.

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1,125 of 1,243 people found the following review helpful By Mark Eremite VINE VOICE on June 19, 2005
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THE BOOK:

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mister Griffith on July 4, 2014
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I'm half-way through, and Geisler has presented a compelling nine chapters for why it makes sense to believe in a creator, AND he hasn't even used any quotations from the Bible yet. His writing involves the use of common sense and logic, and presents ideas in an easy to understand way that is interesting to read. I wish that I had read this early on after I realizing that it made sense to believe in the God of the Bible, who sent his son Jesus to better show us His nature and love. If I had read this earlier, it would've helped me to better engage in so many of the questions and excuses that people have in regards to Christianity.

For me, this books is turning out to be a more modern and interesting version of Lee Strobel's books on faith and creation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. Sid Vogel on May 29, 2014
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I bought this book and put it in my "to read' stack as I was interested in the apologetic defense off the Faith in God and Christ after I saw Frank Turek give a presentation. The book by Turek and Geisler does not disappoint! It is logical, comprehensive, careful, and complete without being 10 volumes long. Every person who is interested in examining the evidence for a theistic universe, a moral law, and the reasonableness of the Christian faith should read this book. I would especially invite all atheists and agnostics, and Buddhists, and Muslims to read the book. Find any part you disagree with, and do your own research with an open mind! It is an excellent source book for apologetic discussions, and i will keep it in my library.
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257 of 360 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Hough on April 21, 2004
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"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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Overall, I think this is an outstanding book for any Christian who wants decent answers to questions they may have about their faith as well as answering the objections of those who question Jesus and his claims.

The main negative complaint I would have with this book is that there are times when it would have been helpful for the authors to document who put forward certain ideas so we could better check to see whether they actually said or believed what they said. To clarify (as I know I sometimes can be unclear on what I mean), while the authors do an excellent job of footnoting and documenting most of the quotes other folks may say, there are some ideas or theories where it would have been helpful to see who said what. For example, on page 107, they mention a theory called the Multiple Universe Theory, which says there are an infinite number of universes in existence, and we just happen to be in the right one where the conditions were just right for evolution to occur without an intelligent creator. The problem is that I have never heard of this theory and I have no idea who came up with it, and neither Geisler nor Turek say who it is that came up with it. This kind of lack of documentation is just the kind of flaw that the village atheist will point to and say, "See? You can't trust a thing these guys say!"

I realize that you cannot cover every single point that is brought up but it would not have taken much to try to discern where this idea came from. There are two or three other times when I see this happening and I hope that a future edition will either drop the idea or show who originated it.

But leaving this aside, this book has been an absolute godsend.
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