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I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Norman L. Geisler (Norm Geisler)

Dr. Norman Geisler is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Wheaton College, a Th.D. from William Tyndale College, and a Ph.D. from Loyola University in Chicago.

He co-authored I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist along with Frank Turek (of Cross Examined).




Following is a list of some of his other books:
Popular Survey of the Old Testament

A Popular Survey of the New Testament

Decide for Yourself: How History Views the Bible

General Introduction to the Bible

When Skeptics Ask: A Handbook on Christian Evidences

When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties

When Cultists Ask: A Popular Handbook on Cultic Misinterpretations

Conviction Without Compromise: Standing Strong in the Core Beliefs of the Christian Faith

Christian Apologetics

Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics

The Apologetics of Jesus: A Caring Approach to Dealing with Doubters

Legislating Morality: Is It Wise? Is It Legal? Is It Possible?

Making Sense of Bible Difficulties: Clear and Concise Answers from Genesis to Revelation

Systematic Theology Prepack: Introduction Bible

Systematic Theology, Vol. 1: Introduction/Bible

Systematic Theology, Vol. 2, God/Creation

Systematic Theology, Vol. 3: Sin/Salvation

Systematic Theology, Vol. 4: Church/Last Things

Systematic Theology (all 4 vols. together)

Come, Let Us Reason: An Introduction to Logical Thinking

Miracles and the Modern Mind: A Defense of Biblical Miracles

Miracles and Modern Thought

Signs and Wonders: Healings, Miracles, and Unusual Events : Which Are Real? Which Are Supernormal? Which Are Counterfeit?

Origin Science

Knowing the Truth about Creation: How It Happened and What It Means for Us

Creation and the Courts: Eighty Years of Conflict in the Classroom and the Courtroom

Creating God in the Image of Man?

Conversational Evangelism: How to Listen and Speak So You Can Be Heard

Introduction to Philosophy

Christian Ethics: Options and Issues

Answering Islam: The Crescent in Light of the Cross

Living Loud: Defending Your Faith
Vida En Radical: Defiende Tu Fe

Unshakable Foundations: Contemporary Answers to Crucial Questions about the Christian Faith

Roman Catholics and Evangelicals: Agreements and Differences

Is Rome the True Church?: A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim

Love Your Neighbor: Thinking Wisely about Right and Wrong

The Reincarnation Sensation

Philosophy of Religion

Bringing Your Faith to Work: Answers for Break-Room Skeptics

Integrity at Work: Finding Your Ethical Compass in a Post-Enron World

Is Man the Measure?: An Evaluation of Contemporary Humanism

The Roots of Evil

Thomas Aquinas: An Evangelical Appraisal

Perspectives: Understanding and Evaluating Today's World Views

Worlds Apart: A Handbook on World Views

False Gods of Our Time: A Defense of the Christian Faith

Gambling: A Bad Bet : You Can't Win for Losing...in More Ways Than You Can Imagine

Options in Contemporary Christian Ethics

The Battle for the Resurrection


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11 comments:

  1. Terrible book. You would think that faith is a good thing, but no, not in this case. Also saying "I don't have enough faith to be an atheist" is like saying "those atheists are just as irrational as us Christians are".

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  2. It doesn't require faith to be an atheist and I'm so sick of the argument that it does. You don't need to have any belief on the origin of Earth, the galaxy whatever to be an atheist your answer could be 'I don't know but I'm pretty sure there wasn't a God'.

    Also what about the dozens (at least) stories in the Bible that require faith to believe? There's nothing equivalent in atheism.

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  3. (cont.)
    So how exactly does it require more faith to be an atheist when the atheist doesn't have to believe in walking on water, resurrection, talking snakes etc. etc. on faith?

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  4. Atheism is a predominant, growing world view which implicates on origins and must provide an explanation as to why (assuming science provides the how) we are here. Any reasonable thinking person asks these questions. The answers from the free thinking camp require faith - because science can only explain how to small degree (as there is so much more that we do not know) because they are short on the reason why we are here. In other words, if the universe it totally meaningless, as CS Lewis states, we would never have discovered that it wasn't.

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  5. Atheism is a predominant, growing world view which implicates on origins

    I've read this phrase several times, and I'm still not sure what it means.

    First off, if atheism is "predominant", then atheists would outnumber theists. Second, "atheists" don't need to explain why we're here. Atheism is not an explanation for anything, nor does it claim to be, nor does it even imply otherwise.

    As for "atheism" requiring faith, that all depends on what you mean by "atheist". If you claim it's a positive assertion that no Gods exist, then you're correct - it requires faith. However, this faith is roughly akin to having faith that a traffic light will turn red after it turns yellow. It's faith in the ability to reason.

    Theists, on the other hand, are eager to equate this kind of faith with the "My God exists, and all those other Gods don't, and I know this is true because my God told me" kind.

    ie. it's dishonest to equate the two.

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  6. At the bottom of every single worldview, including atheism, are axioms which are not proven, not evidenced, but intuited or assumed.

    Thus, no matter which sect of atheism you adhere to; you are a metaphysician and employ "faith" to fill the gaps caused by the axioms.

    aDios,
    Mariano

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  7. Mariano:
    "At the bottom of every single worldview, including atheism, are axioms which are not proven, not evidenced, but intuited or assumed."

    This is absolutely true. The question then becomes, which fundamental un-evidenced assumption is more reasonable than the other?

    This question can be answered in the following way: can you assume that natural reality does not exist? No. In order to assume that reality does not exist, you must exist. And if you exist, then reality must exist.

    By contrast: can you assume that supernatural reality does not exist? Yes. This assumption may or may not be metaphysically or actually correct. But it is logically valid. Logic does not prevent you from making that assumption, but it does prevent you from making the assumption that natural reality does not exist.

    Therefore assuming that natural reality exists is more logically fundamental than assuming that supernatural reality exists. Theism requires more faith than atheism.

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  8. I just found out this blog, it's hilarious. Atheism is more alive than ever thanks to freedom of speech and higher education. It's growing even in America, that's why theists are becoming more beligerant. Furthermore, it's helpful to have reviewers of cientific data, it makes science grow faster. So thanks, keep trying, it'll makes us stronger.

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  9. @Father Time

    It doesn't require faith to be an atheist and I'm so sick of the argument that it does. You don't need to have any belief on the origin of Earth, the galaxy whatever to be an atheist your answer could be 'I don't know but I'm pretty sure there wasn't a God'.

    Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away. Saying 'I'm pretty sure there wasn't a God' is what, exactly?

    It doesn't require faith but you're pretty sure. What color is the sky in your world?

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  10. If one proposes everything came into extistence naturally then it does require a lot of faith.
    I think that pretty much describes the books true meaning but that bloody word (Atheism) detracts from the premise promoting meaningless boring circular semantic arguements

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  11. Great recommendation Mariano thanks a lot. I am almost half way through this book and can't put it down. It's a gives a great summery to the philosophical arguments regarding God. Also it's a really interesting insight to how much faith the atheistic world view requires.

    Thanks again.

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