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.
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.
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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