Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case By: Frank Turek
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Table of Contents
Causality: No One Created Something Out of Nothing?
Reason: Bad Religion or Bad Reason?
Information & Intentionality: In Him All Things Hold Together
Morality: Stealing Rights from God
Evil: Does Evil Disprove Atheism?
Science: Science Doesn't Say Anything, Scientists Do
The Four-Point Case for Mere Christianity
Conclusion: God Will Not Force You into Heaven Against Your Will
This book is a good size read at 228 pages. Plenty of meat but not so much material that you get bored with the subject. This book is an excellent follow-up to I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist which was co-written by Dr. Turek.
While many apologetics books mention the fact that Atheists "borrow" theistic ideas this book makes solid treatment of the subject. Dr. Turek points out that Atheists have several presumptions that no one challenges because we all assume they are true. What is pointed out in the book is that the Atheists have no basis for those beliefs. They are commonly held because of our theistic heritage but the Atheist cannot show a philosophical, scientific, etc. reason why these beliefs should be true if there is no God.
Essentially this book challenges the very foundations that Atheism is built on and then leaves them in the position to either find and present some actual evidence or resort to using "just so" stories. The book makes challenges in six major categories: (CRIMES) Causality, Reason, Information & Intentionality, Morality, Evil, & Science.
This was a very easy book to read. While there were academic and technical ideas, there wasn't a lot of difficult and confusing technical jargon and language. The reading held a more conversational tone than your typical apologetics book and that will make it more accessible to lay audiences.
If you are interested in understanding the foundation of Atheistic argumentation this is an excellent place to start. You might want to have a copy of this handy in your library.