Does It Require More “Faith” To Be An Atheist Or A Believer?
Dr. Norman Geisler (Ph.D., Loyola University) and Dr. Frank Turek (Ph.D., Southern Evangelical Seminary) make their thesis very clear: they believe that a theistic worldview is — evidentially — more plausible than an atheistic worldview. In their view, it would take more “faith” to be an atheist than a believer in (the Christian) God.
In this comprehensive work, they first address the existence, knowability, and exclusivity of truth, before providing evidence for the plausibility of the existence of God (Cosmological Argument, Teleological Argument, Moral Argument, etc.) and, therefore, the possibility of miracles ( for if there is a god, then miracles are possible).
This is followed by evidence of the historical reliability of the New Testament, and evidence for the plausibility of belief in Christ and the Resurrection.
I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist also includes appendices on common objections (e.g., the Problem of Evil and Suffering and “Isn’t that Just Your Interpretation?”) and more.
This is a phenomenal introduction to apologetics that can serve as a reference book, and a springboard into more specified areas of study.1 Moreover, it accords well with Dr. Paul Copan ‘Three-Tiered Framework’ for evangelism in which one argues progressively for “Truth –> God –> Jesus.”2
Table of Contents
Foreword by David Limbaugh
Preface: How Much Faith Do You Need to Believe This Book?
Introduction: Finding the Box Top to the Puzzle of Life
1 Can We Handle the Truth?
2 Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All?
3 In the Beginning There Was a Great SURGE [The Cosmological Argument]3
4 Divine Design [The Teleogical (Fine-Tuning) Argument]
5 The First Life: Natural Law or Divine Awe?
6 New Life Forms: From the Goo to You via the Zoo?
7 Mother Teresa vs. Hitler [Chapter on Objective Morality and The Moral Argument].4
8 Miracles: Signs of God or Gullibility?
9 Do We Have Early Testimony About Jesus?
10 Do We Have Eyewitness Testimony About Jesus?
11 The Top Ten Reasons We Know the New Testament Writers Told the Truth
12 Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?
13 Who Is Jesus: God? Or Just a Great Moral Teacher?
14 What Did Jesus Teach About the Bible?
15 Conclusion: The Judge, the Servant King, and the Box Top
Appendix 1: If God, Why Evil?
Appendix 2: Isn’t That Just Your Interpretation?
Appendix 3: Why the Jesus Seminar Doesn’t Speak for Jesus
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- “Consider a Three-Tiered Framework for Sharing Your Faith: Truth-God-Jesus. I’ve found this model to be a simple and effective framework for pre-evangelism with unbelievers…” Copan, Paul. True for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith (p. 16). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
- [Given the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the continual expansion of the Universe, the Radiation Afterglow from the Big Bang, the finely-tuned Great Galaxy Seeds, and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, and despite the scientific community’s initial misgivings, the Big Bang Theory is now the consensus view. The universe had a beginning, and everything that has a beginning has a cause (The Cosmological Argument).]
- Without God, there is no objective standard to judge certain actions “right” and others “wrong.” Given that most would hold that certain things are objectively (regardless of a person’s subjective opinion) right or wrong, it seems reasonable to believe that there is God in whom objective morality is grounded.
- Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2004), 5.