Much of my reading (outside of scripture) these last several months has been in the area of the Christian world-view and apologetics: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller, Darwinism under the Microscope: How Recent Scientific Evidence Points to Divine Design by James P Gills, Tom Woodard, R. T. Kendall; The Truth Project, by Del Tackett, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith, by Peter Hitchens (brother of world-renown atheist and journalist for Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens); and my current reading of Ravi Zacharias’ latest book, Has Christianity Failed You.
One of the pounding themes running through each of their books is an apologetic theme of the denial of truth, i.e. atheism. It is a comic struggle between absolute truth and lies (man, flesh, and the devil). Keller, for instance, mentions the mindset of several well-known atheists by saying that they “want a logical or empirical argument for God that is airtight and therefore convinces almost everyone. They won’t believe in God until they get it“, p.118, (emphasis mine).
I can provide you with more of what these insightful authors say, but I won’t take up the time here. Sufficient to say that the reasons of why people reject the truth claims of Christ and the Gospel in their cosmic struggle are many: fear, doubt, scientific credibility, rejection, hatred towards God, peer pressure, cultural barriers, skepticism, etc. Some, unfortunately, do not “get it”! But it’s not just the atheist that doesn’t get it. Many Christians, for whatever reason, don’t get it—probably, for all of the same reasons.
It’s good to read books like the ones I’ve cited above because it forces you to deal with how the world is thinking. Christians can no longer avoid the cries of the unbelieving world and go about building the Kingdom of God in isolation. These kinds of books not only challenge my Christian worldview but encourage me to put “feet on my faith”.
The significant idea posed by each of these authors as I read between their lines is the question of “belief”. Each of them, in their own way, is really asking their readers the question, “Do you believe what you believe? Do you really believe that what you believe is really real and true?” I once heard someone say that “in order to refute an idea one has to come up with a better idea”. I really believe Christianity is a better idea. If you are a Christian do you really believe that? If you’re not, do you really believe your ideas are better than those of Christianity? /OJ