Skip to main content

Schoolhouse Review Crew ~ I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (Apologia Press)

I am blessed to review products for TOS. And when I receive a product from Apologia I consider myself doubly blessed! Now, when the book I receive is a TOS review item, from Apologia Press, co-authored by a Wheaton College graduate (Norman L. Geisler, class of 1960) then I am just about screaming with delight! Believe it or not, all of this took place before I began reading the book I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist






This book, combined with it's companion workbook ~ I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Curriculum ~ makes a solid high school worldview course. Fifteen chapters, 3 appendices, additional notes and indexes of quality information are included in this 447-page wealth of a resource. And the companion workbook is high-quality, spiral bound, 279-pages; it has a "How To Use This Book" section, an introduction, 14 chapters, a conclusion, 3 appendices, and a handy glossary.  Students will be presented with study questions, supplemental material, activities for discussion, spiritual growth, and will grow in their writing skills. The workbook clearly lays out which chapter of the softcover book to read when.  These resources, when used together, pack a powerful punch.



A quote from the book says, "The purpose of this study is to help you understand and remember the critical points about Christianity and other worldviews."  Can you think of many things that we take the time to teach our children that carry more weight than that? It's enormously important, not just for the here and now but for time and all eternity.

Here are a couple of examples of the things covered in the introduction of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (yes, this is just in the introduction! and yes, it gets better as you progress through the book!).
     ~ The 5 most consequential questions in life are:
               1.) Origin - Where did we come from?
               2.) Identity - Who are we?
               3.) Meaning - Why are we here?
               4.) Morality - How should we live?
               5.) Destiny - Where are we going?
      The answers to these questions depend on the existence of God.

     ~ The Three Major Religious Worldviews -
               Theism - God made all (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)
               Pantheism - God is all (Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, New Age)
               Atheism - No God at all (Religious Humanism)

     ~ On page 28, the authors lay out the "logical, twelve-point progression" followed in this book. They clearly explain what is covered in each chapter. For example, Chapters 1 & 2 cover: Truth about reality is knowable. The opposite of true is false. Chapters 3 thru 7 cover: It is true that the theistic God exists. This is evidence by the: Beginning of the universe, Design of the universe, Design of life, Moral Law. (The book progresses in like manner, making it easy to see what your student is learning day by day.)



The Bible is the predominant textbook in our family's homeschool - just as it is the predominant book in our daily lives. It's not a relic to be treated gently, nor a book to carry to and from church services on Sunday mornings. It contains all that we need for life and godliness, and it is the most valuable possession in our home. So, in our homeschool, Bible study is always the first subject listed in each child's planner and the last thing we discuss each night before bed.

Many things will fight for your high school student's time. Your job is to choose wisely what subjects and activities will fill that time. You've only got these four short years of high school once, and the time really does fly by. Are you putting the Bible in it's rightful place? I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist can help solidify your teens beliefs during these crucial years. I sincerely hope you give consideration to using it in your homeschool.

The only downside of this curriculum is that it's actually out of stock until September. But in reality, I think that says a lot about the quality of this book! I hope you take a look at the website, www.Apologia.com, and check out all they have to offer. And I really hope you check back in September to order your own copy of I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.



The book itself sells for $16, and the companion workbook sells for $33.

To read what other TOS reviews have to say, click HERE.

 Disclaimer ~ I received this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions shared here are solely my own.

Keep Christ at the center of your homeschool, and trust Him for the future of each of your children!

Day 219 done :)

Jan L. Burt

www.AllThingsHomeschool.weebly.com

www.SavanasClayCreations.com





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A Homeschool Mom's Devotional (# 1)

Colossians 4:17 tells the reader to "be sure to carry out the work the Lord gave you".

How can this be applied to the enormously busy lifestyle of a homeschool mom?

First of all, we must always remember that the Word of God has the answer for our every need and we can trust fully in God to use His Word to lead us, guide us, correct us, and bless us.

Keeping that in mind, let's consider what this verse is saying. We are told to carry out, or complete, the work the Lord has given us. We are wives, mothers, homeschoolers. Those three BIG job descriptions come immediately to mind when I think of homeschooling mothers. Applying God's Word to our life means carrying out our work as wives, as mothers, and as homeschoolers.

When I am exhausted from another long day (or long week, long month, long year, etc.) I still must honor the Lord by blessing my husband. Maybe that means having a hot meal on the table when he arrives home from work. Perhaps your husband would prefer a…

A Schoolhouse Crew Review ~ Homeschool Spanish Academy

Homeschool Spanish Academy described in a single word ~ WOW!!!

Okay, now that I've pretty much summed up how our family feels about Homeschool Spanish Academy, let me give you some reasons for the "WOW" factor.

Right from the start, the process was a breeze. Working with tech support was fantastic; they made all the set up/prep/techie stuff easy.  Once it was determined that our laptop was good to hook, my daughter logged into her Skype account and answered a call from her teacher, Elda. And let me tell you, Elda is terrific. In fact, everyone we have had the pleasure of working with has been terrific. I could boast all day about the caliber of the people at Homeschool Spanish Academy...but again I can sum it up with the word WOW!!!

Live video chat lessons are done via Skype - if you don't have a Skype account you can set one up for free. The teacher from Homeschool Spanish Academy will "call" your child; once your child "answers" the call the tea…

Homework for the Homeschool Mom

As the homeschool mama, I am the one doing the assigning and not usually the one receiving the assigning. I am sure you feel the exact same way. But today I am giving you, the mother who is (most likely) primarily in charge of her children's education, a homework assignment. And I really hope you will take the time to complete it!

The first part of your homework assignment is simple:

          Grab your Bible, turn to Matthew 25:14-30, and read it.

Re-read, highlight, underline or take notes on any portion(s) of this passage that stand out to you. Be an active reader. Read this while thinking about your own life. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you about this passage.

Then, read it one more time.

Finally, the "hard" part of the assignment....

Sit quietly before the Lord, pen and paper in hand, and write what He speaks to your heart about this passage. Ask Him to show you where you are rightly using what He has given you for His glory and His purposes. And, on the more di…