We use Apologia‘s science products in our home and love how they present science with a Christian worldview that makes science exciting as we learn about the Creator and His creation. We have also had the opportunity to review other items from Apologia (Good Morning with God, Read for the Heart and Educating the Wholehearted Child). Over the past several weeks, my oldest daughter has been reading I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek.
If you or your older children want to gain a better understanding of why and how to share your faith, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist would be an excellent addition to your reading list. This books prepares you for the arguments you will encounter as you share your faith and how to share the reasons for your faith and beliefs. We can go through various types of training that give us “scripted” scenarios to follow. However, life rarely goes as we plan it and that runs true for encounters with those with other beliefs such as atheists.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith is not overwhelming to read or to digest. This one book provides an excellent foundation of apologetics for adults and older students. The book begins with an introduction that gives a starting point covering topics such as: sharing the five most consequential questions in life, major religious worldviews and faith of an atheist.
Geisler and Turek then lay out a logical, twelve point progression for the book. It is a great resource to help the reader focus on the flow of the arguments and see how one chapter builds on the next. It also serves as a great tool when discussing the readings with my daughter. And can also be a useful tool when putting what you learn in this book to practical use.
Apologia has made a companion resource that allows you to turn I Don’t Have Enough Faith into a full course of study. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Curriculum is designed for high school – adult aged students. Chapter by chapter is takes the student through the book and helps them to dig deeper for understanding and practical application.
Each chapter is divided into four basic parts:
Hook – This is a reminder to the student/reader of what was discussed in the chapter. Questions are given to help get the student focused.
Book – This is the digging deeper portion of the curriculum. Here you will really look at the specifics of the chapter and make sure you are comprehending the information.
Look – I love this portion! We shouldn’t rely on someone spoon feeding us. The Look section helps you to test your knowledge with research assignments and various activities. We really need to learn to test what we read and hear against Scripture!
Took – This is a summary of the material and where you see how to apply it to you personally.
For the parent/teacher, Apologia has provided an answer guide that you can access on their website with a password located in the curriculum book. You can also download tests if you feel they are needed for a well rounded course or to make sure the student is retaining the information well.
I am not always impressed with Bible or “faith” curriculums; my daughter has shared my disinterest. However, we have both been pleased with I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist and the companion curriculum. This is challenging and thought provoking. I think it is so crucial that our children have the ability and desire to share their faith. They need to understand the arguments that are going to be tossed at them. This resource can be a valuable tool.
The book/curriculum is geared for high school – adult. My daughter, in the midst of some other heavy Biblical study reading, has been moving at a bit slower pace. She is on the younger side of the recommended age and after some discussion we decided to move a bit slower to make sure we didn’t get overwhelmed and miss helpful information. She found the book engaging and has enjoyed the portions she has read so far.
You can view a Table of Contents and read a Sample Chapter of both products:
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**Disclaimer: As a a member of TOS Review Crew, I received a complimentary copy of both of the above products for the purpose of review. No compensation was made. The thoughts/opinions expressed in this post are my own.