The Reason For God

 

The Reason For God

Paul's Goodreads Review

This was more readable and accessible than I thought it would be. I expected it to be much more academic, but really enjoyed being shown the reasons for God,and still engaging on a deep, philosophical, logical level.
 

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Suppose we concede that if I had been born of Muslim parents in Morocco rather than Christian parents in Michigan, my beliefs would have been quite different. [But] the same goes for the pluralist … If the pluralist had been born in [Morocco] he probably wouldn’t be a pluralist. Does it follow that … his pluralist beliefs are p... View Quote


Christians, then, should expect to find non-believers who are much nicer, kinder, wiser and better than they are. Why? Christian believers are not accepted by God because of their moral performance, wisdom or virtue, but because of Christ’s work on their behalf.

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If we again ask the question: ‘Why does God allow evil and suffering to continue?’ and we look at the cross of Jesus, we still do not know what the answer is. However, we now know what the answer isn’t. It can’t be that he doesn’t love us. It can’t be that he is indifferent or detached from our condition. God takes mi... View Quote


I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious w... View Quote


The Act of Emancipation was passed in 1833, and the costs were so high to the British people that one historian called the British abolition of slavery ‘voluntary econocide’

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The greatest champions of justice in our era knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity

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Think how we feel when we see someone we love ravaged by unwise actions or relationships. Do we respond with benign tolerance as we might toward strangers? Far from it… Anger isn’t the opposite of love. Hate is, and the final form of hate is indifference… God’s wrath is not a cranky explosion, but his settled opposition t... View Quote


We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem the world where it is wrong and heal where it is broken. His miracles are not j... View Quote


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