Long summer holidays; sun, sand, sea, surf, snorkelling, scuba, sailing and plenty of time to catch up on reading. As some of you know I have taken a keen interest in the Evolution/Creation debate, the astrophysics related to the origin of the universe, the laws of reason and logic and the exclusive truth of Christianity. Over the years I’ve probably read 30 to 50 books on these topics. Yeah, I know, for some of you this is as exciting as yesterday’s cold porridge! I have often thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if someone could write a book that combines all the important points of these four topics into one easy-to-read book for the average non-science person.”
I never thought I would see the day. I. have. hit. the. motherlode.
“I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek is, in my opinion, the single book to replace 15 books in my library. It is brilliant. Giesler and Turek start with the premise, “Is truth knowable” and using the laws of logic, in particular the ‘Law of non-Contradiction’ they progressively look at Astrophysics, the origin of the universe and the increasing complexity associated with this event and the subsequent unfolding universe, and from the macro, they focus on the micro – the complexity of a single cell and constantly ask the question, “Does it take more faith to be a believer in a Creator or to be an Atheist?”
The key feature of the book that has me waxing lyrical is that it so gently takes the reader from one conclusion to the next without the reader realising that Geisler and Turek has simplified quite complex concepts into a manner that anyone can grasp. That is the sign of a really good teacher. The logic and scientific facts develop from gentle taps to a giant sledgehammer that lead the reader to the inescapable conclusion that atheism is thoroughly bankrupt as a belief system. There is never a sense that the Bible says so. The compounding truth and logic of the science and reason points squarely to Christianity, not Islam, Buddhism or any other ‘…ism,’ as the only viable conclusion.
You could honestly give this book to any atheist or non-Christian and challenge them to present a logical argument that contradicts the conclusions of the book.
The book has been out for a while. Shame I didn’t discover it sooner. There is a work book that goes with the book that is designed to train the reader to become more expert in defending truth. It would be great if all Church home groups, in fact all Christian schools and even secular schools, made reading the book and working through the workbook mandatory.
Seriously, it is that good.