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Big God

Theme of Book in 10 wordsBig God:  Theology proper – the doctrine of God

Relevant Quotation:  “It is quite possible for me to be a Christian but still effectively to think and operate in some ways as though things really revolve around me” (p32)

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This is a very digestible read that covers quite meaty (and often  head-scratching) questions.   Misconceptions about the God of the bible – with one or two passages shoehorned to fit – are blown out of the water left right and centre, and God is see to be very big indeed. Although the 150 pages don’t have all the answers (I came away with several new ones) the God of the bible is presented as utterly consistent with himself in the face of faiths big questions.  Questions that interest the academy and the punter on the street.   Particularly suffering and sovereignty, foreknowledge and control.  It’s the God of the whole bible we are presented with, rather than (what so often happens) the god of one isolated passage, which doesn’t fit with the god of another isolated passage in the bible.  Saer has done really well to cover such big topics in such short chapters and he is often very amusing in the process – especially if you come from a scientific background!

For an broad sweep of issues with great depth we get a flavour of the profound reality that is God.