A lot of good people, people I think heroic and virtuous, do not believe in my God. They are my friends, my students, my colleagues. One of the latter said he thought you had to be crazy, literally nuts, to believe in a God - which doesn't make my chances at tenure look very promising.
He may be right. I teach philosophy at a state university exploring the works of writers like Russell, Hume, and Nietzsche. Such thinkers continue to give me all kinds of reasons to bail God-belief (in fact by now I can argue against God's existence better than anyone else I know), but I don't find such arguments satisfying.
Emotionally compelling? Absolutely.
I gave up God-belief during my graduate studies when I realized the religious views I had defended since high school were insufficient. But recently that changed.
When I get serious about what is real and what the best possible life looks like, I choose to believe - even after a church I worked for fell apart, even after my son was born with autism, despite the arguments and the long season in which I felt confident a God was not there. I now choose to believe not only in a God, but in a very specific God.
This is what that path has looked like.
©2012 Jeff Cook (P)2012 Jeff Cook
This is probably one of the best books in popular apologetics I've read in a long while. Cook is a philosopher and he definitely is philosophical in his reasoning and argumentation, but this is not a technical, academic book. And as such, it's refreshing. Instead of arguing in the inductive, logical style of (too) much apologetics, he passionately argues for the beauty and attractiveness of Christianity and, specifically, Jesus from within, inviting readers to consider Christianity, not so much as a coherent philosophical system, but as a profoundly compelling view of the universe, life and everything. Maybe it was because I listened to the audiobook, but I came away with the feeling that Cook is the Rob Bell of Christian philosophy. I'd love to go to this guy's church! This one is going to the top of my list of books to recommend to friends interested in Christianity.
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