About the Book
The questions about God that used to center around his existence are now aimed at his morality; the God who permits diseases and natural disasters that kill innocent people; the God that allows brutal dictators to rule with an iron fist. At best this God is aloof and uncaring; at worst he is primitive and cruel. Many of the contemporary generation have concluded, through what is called common sense theology, that we are actually morally superior to God and he is less than inadequate. Even some in the church have begun to suspect this same thing that God just isn’t that great. But as people of faith, we have an understanding that helps us bridge the reality of what we see with those realities we do not see. So how are we to communicate that to a skeptical generation? In Searching for a Better God, Wade Bradshaw shows us that the caricatures many have drawn of God are not accurate and God, as described in the Bible, is misunderstood. Ideas about God that at first consideration seem unethical are precisely how we need God to be. He gives us ways to talk to those who doubt Gods character. By thoroughly explaining and examining this contemporary, common sense theology, Bradshaw brings us back to confident hope in God, the perfect and moral God of the Bible.
About the Author
Wade Bradshaw is currently a pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville, Virginia. He has a diverse background working as a veterinarian in Nepal for three years, at the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary for four years, in the English branch of LAbri Fellowship for eleven years, and as the pastor of the International Presbyterian Church in Liss, Hampshire, England for a year. He is married to Chryse and has four children.
This is an exciting book for those of us who have heard the “old” story our whole lives yet struggle with the very serious questions the “new” story raises. I’m not sure that I came away feeling as if Bradshaw bridged the gap between the two stories. I am however extremely grateful that he started the dialogue. All too often pastors, teachers even other believers castigate those of us who live with these questions. I found it refreshing that at least one pastor, teacher and fellow believer allowed for those of us who question…and even better yet, attempted to bridge the difference between the faith of our past and the questions of our present. For a more in-depth review of the book, check out Mike Morrell’s post over at zoecarnate.