Post Author: Bill Pratt
Anyone who has read my blog for the last several years knows that I am a big fan of the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek. I have quoted from the book many times and pointed my readers to it again and again.
One thing that I haven’t done, though, is given an outline of what the book is actually trying to accomplish. What Geisler and Turek attempt to do in the book is lay out a methodical, step by step process for arguing that Christianity is true. Here is the 12-step argument:
- Truth about reality is knowable.
- The opposite of true is false.
- It is true that the theistic God exists.
- Beginning of the Universe (cosmological argument)
- Design of the universe (teleological argument/anthropic principle)
- Design of life (teleological argument)
- Moral law (moral argument)
- If God exists, then miracles are possible.
- Miracles can be used to confirm a message from God.
- The New Testament is historically reliable.
- Early testimony
- Eyewitness testimony
- Uninvented testimony
- Eyewitnesses who were not deceived
- The New Testament says Jesus claimed to be God.
- Jesus’ claim to be God was miraculously confirmed by:
- His fulfillment of many prophecies about Himself
- His sinless and miraculous life
- His prediction and accomplishment of His resurrection
- Therefore, Jesus is God.
- Whatever Jesus (who is God) teaches is true.
- Jesus taught that the Bible is the Word of God.
- Therefore, it is true that the Bible is the Word of God (and anything opposed to it is false).
Notice that these 12 steps marshal evidence from philosophy, science, and history, and they all work together to build a logical argument which leads to the conclusion that the Bible is the Word of God. I am always bewildered when skeptics claim that Christian beliefs are based on nothing but wish fulfillment when books like this fill Christian bookshelves.
I have used this basic 12-point framework for many years and it has served me well. Most everything you learn about apologetics fits into this 12-point argument. In fact, at Southern Evangelical Seminary, where I received my Master’s degree, you had to take a class on these 12 points and your final exam was to write down the 12 points and briefly defend and explain each point.
If you have never purchased and read this book, do it today. You won’t be sorry.