I’m starting a new feature on my blog this week: the book of the week. If Oprah has a book club, why can’t I? Each week, I will post a book I am reading or have read recently and give you the top 5 thoughts from the book. You might even want to check it out.
This week’s book of the week is I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist written by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. I absolutely loved this book! The illustrations, the organization, the line of thinking – it was one of those books that makes you stand up and be even more secure in what you believe. Even though we must believe by faith, this book reminds that our faith isn’t unreasonable. In fact, the driving thought of this book is it takes more faith to be an atheist than it does to have faith in God.
Top 5 Thoughts:
- “It is one of only two possibilities: either the universe, or something outside the universe, is eternal.” That simple, yet profound statement credibly backs proof for the Cosmological Argument (92).
- The statement clarifying the Moral Law was profound: “The Moral Law is not always the standard by which we treat others, but it is nearly always the standard by which we expect others to treat us” (175).
- The authors pointed out a pivotal point concerning miracles. Some Christians struggle with biblical accounts of a man being swallowed by a fish, walking on water, or making a lame man walk, but compared to the miracle of Creation, those actions are not as mind blowing as the original miracle (203).
- If the disciples truly were lying about Christ raising from the dead, the authors point out that they should have had a better incentive for doing so since that claim led them to being stoned, imprisoned, or martyred (293).
- The authors’ breakdown of the only possible candidate for the office of Messiah was exacting and thorough. Jesus is the only one able to match all of the Old Testament qualifications (335-6).
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.