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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, Christian Research Institute; host, Bible Answer Man broadcast
"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 (PhD, Loyola University) serves as the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary and is the author or coauthor of some sixty books, including his four-volume Systematic Theology. He has taught at the university and graduate level for nearly forty years and has spoken or debated worldwide.
Frank Turek (PhD, Southern Evangelical Seminary) serves as the vice president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.
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A good and meaty read for those "searching" and for those seeking an insight into apologetics as an evangelistic tool.
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. It is easy to read, makes sense and will do nothing but strengthen your faith in the Lord and His son if you are a Christian. Christianity is a faith that can be reasonable, contrary to what the skeptics will say. While intellectual reasoning will not be enough to change the heart, it is also good to know the intellectual foundations for why Jesus is who he says he is and how they can stand under scrutiny. Geisler and Turek have done a great job of this, starting from the point of complete skepticism and travelling along a path from there. They avoiding false premises for the most part and give good reasons for believing that there is a Creator and that the Bible is His message for us.
If you are atheist or naturalist reading this book, I hope you will at least give it a chance by opening your mind to what it has to say. If you still decide to hold onto your naturalistic worldview after reading this, I hope you at least will see that Christianity is not stupid, that there are good reasons why we believe. Of course, that doesn't mean that Christians themselves will always act out their worldview, and I hope you will understand that.