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Friday, August 17, 2012

Schoolhouse Review Crew: Apologia I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

Apologia has been well known in the homeschool industry for it's science curriculum and more recently for it's What We Believe Worldview series.  They also publish numerous books and helpful resources to encourage parents on their homeschooling journey.  Recently I was given an opportunity to review Apologia's first apologetics curriculum, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, for high school students.   

In their book I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist ($16.00), Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue that not only is Christianity more believable than other belief systems, it is more rational than unbelief itself.  Using conviction and clear thinking, the authors take readers through some of the traditional arguments for a creator God, then move on to looking at the source of morality, the reliability of New Testament accounts concerning Jesus,  with the last section of the book dealing with the claims of Christ.  This book is an interesting read for skeptics of Christianity and a great resource for Christians who want to build a stronger defense of their faith.

View Table of Contents here.

See a sample chapter here.

I Don't Have Enough Faith to be An Atheist Workbook ($33) is based on the best selling book.  The purpose of the study is to help you understand and remember the critical points of Christianity and other worldviews from the book I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist so you can always be ready to give an answer for the hope that you have and also to understand the evidence for Christianity so you know why you believe and do not fall into any anti-biblical teachings that we are surrounded with.  During this course, "your student will tackle the question of absolute truth, demolish the follies of postmodernism, debunk moral relativism, and march logically and surely toward the inescapable truths of the Christian faith." 

Table of Contents

Sample Chapter

The curriculum presents supplemental material, study questions, and activities to encourage personal reflection and discussion and build writing skills.  Each chapter should tale around 2-3 weeks to complete taking the whole course around 9 months to complete.  Each lesson starts with a heading titled" Before Starting This Chapter" which lists the pages you will need to read out of the book before using the workbook.  "Key Topics" gives an overview of what you will learn and a" Key Terms" section gives important vocabulary words introduced in the chapter with a space for you to fill in the definition.  There is a "Road Map" that shows which of the 12 points that Christianity is true that will be covered in that chapter.  There are also profiles of important people or topics mentioned in the book throughout the lessons.

The main content of each chapter in the workbook is broken up into 4 sections:

Hook- Reminds you of what the textbook chapter talked about and includes a few questions to warm up your brain

Book-Takes you deeper into issues covered in each chapter and tests your knowledge and comprehension with questions from the textbook

Look-This section helps build on your knowledge with research assignments and other activities enabling you not just to "take their word for it" but instead to go and find the answers for yourself

Took- Summarizes  the material and helps you apply them to your life and witness for Jesus Christ

Students can find answers to most study questions easily within the text and occasionally page numbers are given in the workbook to help out.  An answer key for every question can be found by downloading the answer key on the Apologia Website free with purchase of the curriculum.  The website also contains downloadable chapter tests and answers.

I have really enjoyed using Apologia's worldview curriculum, the What We Believe Series for 6-14 year olds.  My oldest is 15 now and even though she has been completing that study along with us, I was so excited to see this new Apologetics curriculum for older teens.  I want my children (and myself too)  to be able to stand firm in their beliefs and to always be ready to, " give an answer for the hope that they have."

I decided to go ahead and go through the study myself before giving it to my teenage daughter and I am so glad that I did!  Although it was written for teens, adults can definitely benefit from this study as well.  So many people believe that all of Christianity is based on faith.  While some of it is, there is a lot of historical and scientific evidence to show that there is a creator God and Christianity is true.  I think the book I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist does an excellent job of describing the different worldviews, facing the objections to a creator God and Christianity, and presenting the logic, science, and history to prove it.  I know many people (myself included in the past) who have struggled or still struggle with reconciling ideas that Science teaches and the Bible.  I loved the way the book presented the facts and information that most schools and scientists leave out in an incredibly logical, scientific way.

Using the workbook along with the book takes it from something that is a very interesting (possibly life changing book) into something that you take and make a part of your life.  The workbook helps you gain deeper insight into the topics that are covered in the book.  The digging deeper questions and activities allows for the student not to just take the authors word for it but to go and seek out  the Truth by doing their own research and investigations.   The layout of the workbook makes it very easy for teens to work through on their own.  I also particularly liked the people profiles that are written throughout the book giving greater understanding to the topics being studied.  It really is a life changing study! 

I would say that in my opinion it is more for older teens and adults.  There is a lot of depth and information that may be a bit over the head of 13,14, or even some 15 year olds.

To see what other crew mates had to say click here.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist book and workbook for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.

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