I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

  • by Norman Geisler
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist argues that Christianity requires the least faith of all worldviews because it is the most reasonable. The authors lay out the evidence for truth, God, and the Bible in logical order and in a readable, non-technical, engaging style. A valuable aid to those interested in examining the reasonableness of the Christian faith, Geisler and Turek provide a firm challenge to the prior beliefs of doubters and skeptics.


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Filled with falsehoods and misrepresentations

While the author does make some valid points, they are heavily outweighed by his lack of understanding of many of the concepts he tries to use in his argument. For example:

*He claims that the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics is just an attempt by atheists to discount the anthropic principle. While doing so, he manages to not even mention that it has anything to do with quantum mechanics.
*He repeatedly claims that Watson & Crick discovered DNA.
*He implies that proponents of abiogenesis believe that something akin to an amoeba randomly came together as the first life form; some kind of RNA or another relatively simple, self-replicating molecule is usually used as the starting point.
*He essentially completely discounts quantum mechanics by implying that Heisenberg's uncertainty principle does not reflect any true probabilistic nature, but rather a simple inability to measure the properties of small particles.
*He discounts punctuated equilibrium with as little explanation as he provides for his acceptance of overwhelming irreducible complexity in nature.
*He claims that macroevolution is not falsifiable.
*He demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of basic probability theory in his discussion of the odds of red, white and blue confetti dropped from a plane forming the shape of an American flag on the ground.
*He does not understand the reason for the a priori assumption of non-supernatural causes in the scientific method.
*He repeatedly discusses flaws in the idea that chance and natural selection can lead to macroevolution. He never mentions that it's actually natural selection acting upon random mutations, and chance only comes into the matter because the mutations are random.

In short, if you would like to attain an objective view of the matters he discusses, don't take his descriptions of the evidence at face value.
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- AC

Faith of an Atheist?

I believe there are 4 types of people in the world; those who believe in a creator, those who do not, those who are open to the possibility and a large apathetic group who don't care enough to invest time in answering the question. This book will solidify the beliefs of the first group, especially those who have committed their life Jesus. The second group will probably not finish listening because of the discomfort at having their world view called into question. Those in the third group will be fascinated to find that faith in God, and particularly in Jesus, is not actually a leap of faith or a simply a matter of personal preference. The apathetic group does not require discussion in these brief comments. They will probably not listen to the book or read this review. I am solidly in the group who make sense of the world around me through the lens of both creation and the cross. In short, I want there to be an all powerful, loving God who cares that I exist and can offer the hope of something better. From that perspective, this book is among my top 5 of all time. I've read the paper version several times & very much enjoyed the audible version as well. I think the narrator did a good job of reading but occasionally she reads information which, in the written version, is presented as tables. These can be hard to follow. The logic employed by Geisler and Turek is well reasoned and sound. Their employment of logic, rational thought and the knowledge compiled by many disciplines within the greater scientific and academic communities over many years to be without error. Having said that, this book is intended to be read by someone with a competent high school level of knowledge and thought capability. It is not an exhaustive treatise on every topic and issue which would require a vast document significantly diminishing the number of readers. I highly recommend investing the time and book credit in finding out why I don't have enough faith to be an atheist either.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2010
  • Publisher: christianaudio.com