Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

I first became aware of Apologia when I was looking for a science program.  They've since branched out into areas other than science, including worldview.  I've used their worldview program for younger kids (What we Believe), and was excited to get the opportunity to review the book I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist ($16) and corresponding I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook ($33), which is a high school worldview course.


My original thought was that I'd have Luke & Ezekiel read this book and work through the workbook, even though they are a little younger than the recommended age.  However, when I previewed the book, I realized that while they could read and comprehend much of the contents, that they would get more out of the course if I waited another couple of years until they're well into high school.  Instead, I began reading the book myself.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist does a fabulous job of taking the reader through the whys of their faith.  It begins with an argument for absolute truth, continues on with the arguments for God, explains why/how miracles are possible, covers the historical accuracy of the New Testament, details why Jesus is who he says he is, and finishes with why the Bible can be trusted as the Word of God (view the Table of Contents here).  The chapters are dense--they present logical arguments and scientific evidence to back up the claims presented, but readable--stories are interspersed that break up the heavy content and relate it to life situations (read a sample chapter here). 

The I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook is a terrific companion to the book.  Each section is broken down into four sections:
  • "Hook":  reminds you what the chapter was about.
  • "Book":  tests/reinforces what was read through comprehension questions.
  • "Look":  takes the student deeper by have him research the topic on their own.
  • "Took":  a summary of what was learned and application to daily life.
In addition, there are free downloadable chapter tests and downloadable answer keys for both the workbook and the tests with the purchase of the workbook.  You can view the Table of Contents for the workbook here, and a sample chapter here.

I'm looking forward to using this with my boys as they hit high school age.  I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist will challenge them to think through all they've been taught over the years.  I'd recommend this study to anyone, high school age through adult, who wants to challenge themselves to really think through why they believe what they believe. 

For more reviews of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, go here.

Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are mine. 

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