I plan on writing a blog on the topic soon… (I did: Spiritual Formation and Crap), but if you can’t wait for me to answer the question, I urge you: Do Not Pass Go; Do Not Collect $200; but run out (or go online) right now and buy “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller.
By the way, he answers the above question in Chapter 2.
You can order the book on Amazon. Click here: The Reason for God
Or check out www.reasonforgod.com to learn more about the book.
My kind husband pre-ordered me a copy, which arrived two days ago. I read it every chance I get.
I haven’t yet made it to the end of a chapter without tears in my eyes as I read Keller’s accounts of how God works and has worked through Jesus and others.
I was reading it at my daughter’s Suzuki violin group practice. How embarrasing to wipe away a tear as I read this quote of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s:
Pain is a holy angel…. Through him men have become greater than through all the joys of the world…. The pain of longing which often can be felt physically, must be there, and we shall not and need not talk it away. But it needs to be overcome every time, and thus there is an even holier angel than the one of pain, that is the one of joy in God.
FYI, Bonhoeffer stood up against Hitler and was eventually arrested, imprisoned, and hanged.
If you are a believer, you will rejoice in the logical and especially the empirical evidences for your faith as you read this book.
If you are a seeker, I can’t imagine finishing this book without at least re-considering real Christianity.
Let me know what you think. And get another copy for a friend.
FYI, I just checked and “The Reason for God” is #18 on the New York Times Bestseller list. That’s amazing!! This week it is #11 in hardcover nonfiction. Wow. Update: the book stayed 8 weeks on the NYT’s bestseller list.