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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TOS Review: I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist

     "Apologia" is a company that is familiar to many homeschoolers.  (This is our first time using one of their products.)  Their mission statment is, "...to provide products, resources, and services that help homeschool students and families learn, live, and defend the Christian Faith." 
     Apologia Educational Ministries has recently published a curriculum to accompany the best-selling book, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist. I am thrilled for my child to be reading the book/workbook because having a Christian Worldview (and understanding what that is all about) is of utmost importance to me and my husband.  My oldest son (age 14) is excited to get the opportunity to use it, since his interest in apologetics has been growing over the last few years.  I thought reading the book and working through the workbook would be a rewarding challenge for him.  (The cost of the book is $16)

     The book, I Don't have Enough Faith to be an Atheist is co-authored by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek.  The book itself is 447 pages...and not exactly "light" reading.  There a very few pictures/diagrams.  (The diagram above is from the introduction.) The curriculum is meant for highschoolers or adults.  My very determined and very interested 8th grader has been able to hang with the book so far.  He is on Ch. 5 in the book and nearly done with the first section of the curriculum. I've heard nothing but good things from him.  In fact, he often reads it at night before bed...a time when he can choose to read whatever he wants.  I know he has been understanding what he reads...just a few days after beginning the book, I heard him comment to someone speaking on the morning news: "Well, that was a self-defeating statement!"

     The I Don't have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Workbook was written by Frank Turek (who also co-authored the original book) and Chuck Winter.  This workbook is also rather large.  It is a spiral bound book about 275 pages long.  (I'm going to give my son at least a full year to complete it---especially since he is not even in high school yet.)  The workbook contains several pictures and diagrams.  It gives general comprehension type questions as well as thought-provoking ones.  Plenty of room is left to write the answers.  Fairly lengthy assignments are given near the end of each chapter.  Never once has my 14-year-old had to ask for help in answering any of the questions.  I appreciate this well thought out and organized curriculum.  My son particularly likes the biographies given in each chapter.  He shared with me that these people are mentioned in the book, and you learn more about them in the workbook.  (The cost of the workbook is $33.)
One of his heros!  I know he was thrilled this was in his workbook.

I'm so excited about what my son is learning!!

To learn what other TOS Crewmembers thought about Apologia's I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist Workbooks go here.

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.


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