I am currently reading a great book I would recommend. You have undoubtedly heard of several books written by atheists such as Hitchins, Dawkins and Brown who refute the existence of God. Keller's book, on the other hand gives legitimate and insightful arguments for the existence of God. I am only two chapters into the book and my faith has been bolstered.
He addresses the increasing volume of rhetoric so popular today refuting God's existence and addresses their arguments head on by facing the common myths of their arguments. For instance, Part 1 entitled "The leap of Doubt" of his book deals with the following pervasive sentiments so prevalent in our culture today...
- There can't be just one true religion.
- How could a good God allow suffering?
- Christianity is a straightjacket.
- The Church is responsible for so much injustice.
- How can a loving God send people to hell?
- Science has disproved Christianity.
- You can't take the Bible literally.
In Part 2 entitled "The reasons for Faith" he defends the following issues...
- The clues of God.
- The knowledge of God.
- The problem of sin.
- Religion and the Gospel.
- The true story of the Cross.
- The reality of the Resurrection.
- The dance of God.
To whet you appetite (and hopefully lead you to get and read this book) he refers to C.S. Lewis and his argument that intrinsic to man is an internal consciousness of right and wrong.
Lewis recognized that modern objections to God are based on a sense of fair play and justice. People, we believe, ought not to suffer, be excluded, die, of hunger or oppression. But the evolutionary mechanism of natural selection (a tenet held by most atheists) depends on death, destruction, and violence of the strong against the weak.--these things are all perfectly natural. On what basis, then, does the atheist judge the natural world to be horribly wrong, unfair, and unjust? The nonbeliever in God doesn't have a good basis for being outraged at injustice, which as Lewis points out, was the reason for objecting to God in the first place. If you are sure that this natural world is unjust and filled with evil (as all atheists believe) you are assuming the reality of some extra-natural (or supernatural) standard by which to make your judgment."
Keller acknowledges the very real presence of suffering used by atheists to argue that a loving God could not be loving at all if he allows such evil and suffering to exist. But he goes on to say, "Though Christianity does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, it provides deep resources for actually facing suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair." What other religion offers such hope?
Get the book men and read it. It will bolster your faith and give you compelling arguments for the claims of secular society (and atheists) that the existence of suffering disputes the existence of God. This is just one of many arguments he refutes.
At the conclusion of the chapter on evil and suffering Keller once again turns to C.S. Lewis and quotes him. Lewis refers to a prevailing sentiment and then rebuts it.
They say of some temporal suffering, "No future bliss can make up for it," not knowing that heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into glory.
Keller concludes by saying,"This is the ultimate defeat of evil and suffering. It will not only be ended but so radically vanquished that what has happened will only serve to make our future life and joy infinitely greater."