Apologia Educational Ministries offers some of the most used, loved and practical resources that we use in our education day to day. We’ve always used their science curriculum for elementary, Jr. High and High School, but have added many more of their resources such as Jump In- a writing program, the What We Believe series (we’ve reviewed 3 of the 4 in the series), many homeschool-help resources, and we’ll be using Around the World in 180 days for geography this year, just to mention a few.
Oh, yes, and we will be using a brand new resource for Bible study with the older two. We received a really awesome curriculum package from Apologia for review containing the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, along with an amazing workbook.
The purpose of the curriculum workbook is to organize and initiate an understanding of the basics of Christianity vs. other worldviews discussed in the book so that students may remember and put into practice their beliefs in their daily interactions with others. As our kids are bombarded with the many increasing anti-biblical teachings in today’s world, it’s increasingly important for them to know and understand what they believe.
You can purchase a copy of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist over at the Apologia website for $16.00. You will also find a sample chapter and table of contents.
The I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist Curriculum workbook can be purchased over at the Apologia website for $33.00. You can also see a sample chapter and table of contents of the workbook.
This curriculum workbook provides supplemental material, study questions, and activities to aid in a thorough study of each chapter of the book I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek. The suggested time frame in the curriculum guide says to allow two to three weeks for each chapter, making it a little less than nine months to complete the study. There are basically 16 sections in the guide with three additional sections of questions that cover the three Appendices at the end of the book. As homeschoolers are champions at setting schedules, this curriculum would fit very nicely any number of ways into your school week to be finished in one semester or two, depending on the intensity of study. I feel the two week approach would give the student more time to reflect and commit to memory the important and relevant topics that are covered, which would be a perfect fit for a two semester study.
This study would work equally as well as a read aloud together, complete independent study, or anywhere in between. In my opinion it’s definitely High School level, but upper Jr. Highers listening in on a group study would more than benefit. (Each would need their own workbook.)
Here’s a basic overview of the layout of the workbook:
~Every chapter begins with Before Starting This Chapter which lists the pages to be read in the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist book
~The Key Topics section provides an overview of what you will be learning in the chapter
~The Key Terms section lists vocabulary words with space to write the definitions
~The Road Map section shows you which of the “twelve points that prove Christianity is true” will be covered in the chapter
~Each lesson contains profiles of important people or topics mentioned in the book that aid in understanding the material
~The main content of each chapter is presented into four sections:
*HOOK: reviews the chapter, sometimes with questions to “warm up your brain.”
*BOOK: takes you deeper into the issues “unpacking the topics and testing your knowledge and comprehension with questions from the textbook.”
*LOOK: is an opportunity for the student to check out the information for themselves. It “helps you build on your new found knowledge with research assignments and other suggested activities.” (This is the section to focus on for assigning grades and/or course credit.)
*TOOK: summarizes the topics and gives practical application of the concepts studied.
~An answer key to every question in the workbook can be downloaded from the Apologia website.
~ Chapter tests can also be downloaded from the website with a special password included in the workbook.
Meanwhile back at the Ranch:
Having been through a different elementary series offered by Apologia that covers worldview and our Christian beliefs, the I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist curriculum was really an answer to prayer in stepping it up a notch. Right away several of my high school daughter’s questions were answered in the introductory chapter.
One of the very first topics of interest we discussed came from this figure:
We began by looking at our beliefs from a very basic and simple standpoint.
Yep, been there, done that.
But as my girls mature and begin to own their very own opinions, I find it important to really listen to them ponder the questions:
Is there a God?
Is there a real purpose to life?
Will we live on after we die or simple cease to exist?
Does truth exist? Using logic and evidence, can I be sure the Bible is true?
So in the first chapter they did have some trouble giving much detail to some pretty open ended questions like “Where did we come from”, “Who are we?”, “Why are we here?”, “How should we live?”, and “Where are we going.” They’ve known the answers to these questions from a Biblical standpoint from the time they can remember. They’ve also learned the basics of defending their faith.
But the purpose of this curriculum seems to really challenge its students to thoroughly learn and remember the evidence and arguments for Christianity on a deeper level.
As both of the girls have studied some logic and Taylor is continuing her logic studies this year, they both really enjoyed going through the “Twelve Points that Show Christianity is True”. They do love reasoning. As we progress through the book using this twelve point outline, I think it will really keep them ready to move on to the next step.
I would like to comment on the scheduling of this curriculum. This is really not a chapter a week study. There are many pages of questions to be answered from the reading, writing assignments that are certainly prompts to digging deeper, and activities such as researching topics and interviewing friends and relatives and writing a two-page report. As homeschoolers we tweak things just as everyone does, and I’m not saying this study is not “tweak-able”, just thorough. I think from the way this has progressed so far that I will tentatively schedule one chapter per two weeks. Monday of the first week I’ll have them read the required pages in the book, read through the road map for the chapter, discuss the key topics, and define the key terms. On the first Wednesday we’ll cover the Hook section, the first Friday will be for the Book section, Monday of the second week will be for the Look section, the second Wednesday we will summarize with the Took section, and then keep Friday open for catchup since we’re never on schedule. Depending on the depth of the topics being covered, we might end up extending this out to three weeks. Truth be told we’ll probably end up using the “do what’s next” approach until we get through it. My goal for this study is to take our time and really have some great discussions. So far it’s brought some great ones.
This study would certainly work well for independent high school study with adult discussion, but I really think this would be most beneficial with an adult using the study alongside the student and discussing it together.
I highly recommend this curriculum package for High School to adult ages who really want to understand worldview and dig deeper into Christianity.
Check out my Crew Mates’ experiences with Apologia’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist curriculum over at the Crew Blog!
“Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1Peter 3:15)
*Disclaimer~ I received these products for review purposes as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. No other compensation was received and opinions are my own.