Friday, March 07, 2008

God The Playwright

Here are some more excerpts from Tim Kellers The Reason for God:

Keller refers to C.S. Lewis metaphor in regard to knowing the truth about God when he writes that he believes in God “as I believe the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” 

"Imagine trying to look directly at the sun in order to learn about it. You can't do it. It will burn out your retinas, ruining your capacity to take it in. A far better way to learn about the existence, power, and quality of the sun is to look at the world it shows you, to recognize how it sustains everything you see and enables you to see it. 

Here, then, we have a way forward. We should not try to “look into the sun”, as it were, demanding irrefutable proofs for God. Instead we should “look at what the sun shows us.” Which account of the world has the most “explanatory power” to make sense of what we see in the world and in ourselves? We have a sense that the world is not the way it ought to be. We have a sense that we are very flawed and yet very great. We have a longing for love and beauty that nothing in this world can fulfill. We have a deep need to know meaning and purpose. Which worldview best accounts for these things?" (Pg. 122)

And yet another C.S. Lewis reference...

“When a Russian cosmonaut returned from space and reported that he had not found God, C.S. Lewis responded that this was like Hamlet going into the attic of his castle looking for Shakespeare.” 

Keller expounds on this analogy and wraps it up with the thought that “If there is a God, we characters in his play have to hope that he put some information about himself in the play. but Christians believe he did more than give us information. He wrote himself into the play as the main character in history, when Jesus was born in a manger and rose from the dead. He is the one with whom we have to do." (Pg 123)

I don't think it's a bad thing that my favorite parts of this book are when Keller expands on C.S. Lewis quotes (which is at least once in just about every section). Also know, if I posted everything that I liked about this book I would be failing my Spanish classes. I'm just trying to give you a taste of it to wet your appetite. He tackles some really complex post-modern philosophical ideas that everyone has been too afraid to touch, but I would have to be quoting multiple pages to get that stuff across. 

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