Frank Turek Steals from Baseball (and knocks one out of the park!)

by Greg West

At last year’s Ratio Christi Symposium banquet I had the good fortune to be seated at the same table as Frank Turek. After some small talk about his being a former Navy pilot and thanking him for his service, I told him that I was looking forward to his new book coming out which I mistakenly called, “Borrowing for God”.

“No, stealing from God!”, he corrected me in no uncertain terms. As he began to tell me more about the book, our conversation was cut short with the introduction of the evening’s first speaker. I would just have to wait and read the book to find out out more.

Now, I don’t really have my own “official” top-ten list of apologetics books that I would recommend, but if I did, I’m pretty close to certain that Frank Turek’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (coauthored with Norman Geisler, Crossway Books 2004) would make the cut—and now having read Turek’s latest, Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case, I know that it would make the list as well as it’s like the former on steroids.

Using one letter for each chapter from the acronym, “CRIMES” (C- causality; R- reason; I- information & Intentionality; M- morality; E- evil; S- science), Frank takes the reader on a journey that deconstructs the atheist’s worldview—demonstrating step by step its logical incoherency and showing how the atheist cannot consistently make sense of reality without ‘stealing’ from God.

Not only is Stealing from God the best critical examination of atheism I’ve ever read, but with each topic addressed, Frank also illustrates how Christian theism, not just theism in general, is the best the best explanation for reality and is not just a ‘God of the Gaps’ theory like many of the ‘new atheists’ would have you believe.

It is my hope that believers, seekers, and hardcore skeptics alike will read Stealing from God and seriously consider the arguments presented. Many years ago I was an agnostics who didn’t want Christianity to be true, but I could never make the leap to atheism for many of the same reasons that Frank presents in this book. Had this book been available back then, I’m certain that it would have given me serious reasons to doubt my doubts about Christianity much sooner than I did!