Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case

by Alan Anderson

I had the genuine pleasure of meeting Frank Turek at his three day Cross Examined Instructor Academy (CIA) class at Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2013. In the months that led up to CIA, I carefully read I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist by Frank Turek and Norman Giesler, which I absolutely loved. Frank (along with Norm obviously) has a way of distilling complicated topics to a lay level for easier comprehension and readability. His delivery is witty and entertaining and allows for his audience to grasp the message in a practical way that promotes a competent understanding of the material. Needless to say, I consider Frank to be a mentor from afar in my apologetic studies. He has guided me via his books and his Cross Examined organization.

While his other books, Legislating Morality, Correct, Not Politically Correct, and I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, are tremendously valuable for every Christian apologist, I found Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case to be the most potent and direct refutation of the atheistic worldview he’s written thus far. If anyone has listened to Turek or read any of his books, you’ll find that he has a creative way of looking at things.

He gives a great illustration in the book (page xxix of introduction) about how we do not necessarily need to be an expert in every field of study in order to acknowledge when there is a problem with a particular worldview. He creatively makes an effective comparison between a Christian apologist and a house inspector,

When we built an addition to our house, I was amazed how many specialists were needed. After the foundation guy, a series of specialty contractors came in. I can’t remember the exact order, but we had the framing guy, the roof guy, the brick guy, the siding guy, the window guy, the electrical guy, the plumbing guy, the insulation guy, the heating/AC guy, the drywall guy, the trim guy, the floor guy, the tile guy, the light guy, the fireplace guy, the paint guy, and an inspector.

The inspector didn’t need to understand the detailed workmanship of each of those specialists in order to spot a fatal flaw in the foundation. In fact, if there were a fatal flaw in the foundation, it wouldn’t matter how good the workmanship was above it – the entire structure would soon collapse

Frank is a tremendous inspector and this book outlines his inspection of the atheistic worldview. There are categories of reality that Frank inspected which led him to the conclusion that atheism falls embarrassingly short of accurately accounting for reality. He used the acronym, C.R.I.M.E.S., to present his inspection of atheism. I’ve provided the breakdown of the acronym below along with Frank’s chapter description for each letter…

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Book Review – “Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case” by Frank Turek