Timothy Keller – The Reason for God (Chapter 2)

Chapter 2 of Keller’s book is titled, “How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?” The skeptic argues even if God exists, the existence of evil calls into question either that God is omnipotent and/or that God is good.

1. Evil and Suffering Isn’t Evidence Against God
2. Evil and Suffering May Be (If Anything) Evidence for God

Keller then begins to deal with the evil and suffering in a manner that is made my heart leap with joy. Wow. Keller presents the suffering of God in the person of Jesus on the cross. The “cosmic abandonment” and the “cosmic rejection” helps us understand that the cross was more than intense physical suffering. It was physical suffering, but it was so much more.

The whole question of evil and suffering comes down to “why?” Keller gives great answers to that with his discussion of “Redemption and Suffering” and “Resurrection and Suffering.”

This chapter has been well worth the price of the book. This chapter also reinforces Keller’s love for C. S. Lewis. Surely, that is a point in Keller’s favor.