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Schoolhouse Review: I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

For this review I received a softcover book, I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist and the workbook. The Softcover book is $16.00 and the workbook cost $33.00. This is geared toward teens and young adults but I must say I was challenged and stretched by this study.

The book starts by explaining the three major religious worldviews, theism, pantheism, and atheism.
This book is over 400 pages long and there's so much information in this 15 chapter book. Thankfully it's presented in a logical way that is not overwhelming for the reader.

Like I said, this book has lots of pages, so I'm only touching on a very small scale of the book.

Morals, where do morals come from? Why does a person who doesn't believe in God want and feel the need to help other people? How do they know it's the right thing to do? Why do many people feel they ought to do good and elude evil? In chapter 7 the authors explain that there's a Moral Law that has been written in our hearts and to quote pg. 170 "In other words, there is a "prescription" to do good that has been given to all of humanity" and the book goes onto say that some call this 'moral prescription' and every prescription has a prescriber. Someone must have given these moral obligations.

How Do We Know The Moral Law Exist?
  1. The Moral Law is undeniable.
  2. We know it by our actions.
  3. It is the basis for human rights.
  4. It is the unchanging standard of justice.
  5. It defines a real difference between moral positions (e.g. Mother Teresa vs. Hitler).
  6. Since we know what's absolutely wrong, there must be an absolute standard of rightness.
  7. The Moral Law is the ground for political and social dissent.
  8. If there were no Moral Law, then we wouldn't make excuses for violating it.
Chapter 7, Mother Teresa vs. Hitler, the reasons above are explained in detail and at the end of the chapter you will better understand why I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be Atheists.

The whole book is so interesting and gives one many things to think about and chew on. You'll discover why one needs more faith to be an atheist than to believe that there is a creator, God. Think of our world, how could it come from a big bang? What do you think when you read about an explosion in the paper? I know I think about all the destruction it has caused. Since when does an explosion put things together? I have never seen anything good come from something that blew up.

What about the complexity of the universe? In chapter 4 there is a quote from James Tour, Nanoscientist, "Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God." and that is so true. The more the children and I read about the complexity of our universe the more it seems impossible that by chance the earth is positioned just right. The earth is not to close to the sun nor to far but just right, how can we not have a designer? Again, in Chapter 4, Divine Design the authors go into great detail and explain about Oxygen Level, Moon-Earth Gravitational Interaction and Carbon Dioxide Level. It's all very interesting and I can go on and on, but I probably should let you read the book. I think you'll like it!

I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Workbook has almost 300 pages and in my opinion is well worth the $33.00. In the workbook each chapter has Key Topics, Key Terms, HOOK~Questions that Grab Your Mind, there is a short story of key people in history (Charles Darwin, Issac Newton etc.) and, Thinking About What You Learned, has the student answers questions to sum up what they have learned. There is also assignments to get the child digging for answers.
 How did we use it? At first I was going to use this with my 14 year old son Joshua. I thought we could do this together. I found that although he was interested it was over his head. I then let him know that I would use the course on my own and he was fine with it. He did say that he liked it and was interested but didn't understand it all. I probably should have just stuck it out with him and went slower with it.

How did I use it? I would look through the workbook, see what kind of questions where being asked, because this helped me focus while reading. Then I read the corresponding chapter because I wanted Josh to use this program eventually, I used notebook paper to write my answers. If it was Josh using it I'd let him write in the consumable workbook.

I also wanted to get a feel for the other chapters for this review and did read ahead. It is recommended that you take two or three weeks per chapter, so it's a very meaty, thought provoking program.

What did I think of the the book and workbook? I am so grateful to be one of the reviewers for this study. I would highly recommend this and plan to have my children use it before they graduate. It's definitely a reread,with the amount of information that is in the book. This is why I believe the workbook is essential, it gets one thinking, writing thoughts and really fleshing out the book.

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

3 comments

  1. I am enjoying the book - and workbook. Great review!

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  2. Another great review, Linda! From your description, it sounds like it would make an excellent worldview course for a half a credit in highschool.

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