My Grandfather, Dan Helton (a.k.a. Pops), is both interesting and intelligent. He is also both devoutly agnostic and anti-Christian. Some time ago I gave him Tim Keller’s The Reason for God and he just got back to me with a full written review. I thought some other people might want to read it and I would like to get some feed back on how you would respond to this book review.
Critque of The Reason for God:
Obviously the Author is scholarly in the area of theology. Basically, the book is well written (oraganization good, sentence structure good, etc.)
Negative aspects from the viewpoint of a Great Sensei:
a. Obviously the Author (as do MANY people) makes his living from the Christian version of religion. There are plenty of plugs for his church in New York City. Reading the book carefully, I believe that there is a small chain of the Redeemer churches.
b. It is true that adversity on a small scale (major ailment of some type involving a wife, etc.) may as time passes prove to be overall beneficial. Major disaster (60,000 lives lost in China as a result of an earthquake for example) are not addressed. Probably a million lives of innocent people have been lost as a result of our invasion of Iraq. Unimaginable disruption of the lives of Iraqi’s people (fleeing to Syria, etc.).
c. How did the Christian God (And the hundreds of thousands of other gods that have “existed”) come into existence? To say that the Christian God, for example, has ALWAYS existed is absolutely absurd from the logic of the Great Sensei. Absolutely absurd!
d. Why did God favor the Israelites over all the other people in the known (to the people in the geographic area) world? What made them intrinsically superior (morally, etc.) to the other people. Because they worshipped the ONE true God? Had this one true God made an all out effort to reveal himslf to the other people? Was it really necessary for a Loving God to kill the children of Sodom and Gomorrah for example? What happened to their souls?
I could go on an on. I however have spent enough time on the Absolutely Absurd Christian religion. In addition, my eyes are so full of tears because I am thinking about God’s sacrifice of his ONLY son that it is difficult for me to write.
Yours out of Christ— but in harmony with humanity and all aspects of the universe (animate and inanimate) that do exist. Essentially, the Christian dogma (not necessarily in all respects) is absurd.
P.S. “Myths of the Bible” by Gary Greenberg, sourcebooks, Inc., Is one of the MANY books that I recommend!