Searching For a Better God
Author: Wade Bradshaw
In Searching For a Better
God, Wade Bradshaw presents two “stories” which modern Christians will
face in evangelism. There is “the old story;” the primary focus of apologetics
texts which states that God does not exist. Also, “the new story:” if God
exists he is not good, and humans are morally superior to him. The second
is the focus of Bradshaw’s book.
He argues his case as a
dialectic examining three key questions: Is God Angry? Is God Distant?,
and Is God a Bully? giving surprising answers. (YES! God is angry. YES!
God is distant. NO! God is not a bully, but he does punish people.) His
answers of course do not stop there, and he argues that within the proper
context, God’s anger, distance, and vengeance are actually proof that he
is good. Though the book is titled Searching for a Better God, it
is essentially searching for a better understanding of God.
The book is instantly readable,
coming across as a pastiche of Donald Miller’s Blue Like Jazz and
C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity_. There are personal stories, but
overall it is theological and is an apologetic by naturea new kind
of apologetic for the new story. Bradshaw fills the book with ponderous
thoughts, such as the following:
The goodness we are to attain
is not something vague or ambiguous, an image of something without a name.
We are going to be holy in the same way Christ is holyand yet we shall
remain ourselves, because our problem is not that we are not God, but that
we aren’t yet fully human, fully conformed to the image of God (123.)
Overall, an excellent, thought
provoking read. Searching For a Better God_ is ideally suited for
those people who, when presented with evidence of God’s existence, respond
by asking “so what?”