What Good is God? Philip Yancey on Faith in Tragedy’s Wake
- Monday, September 13, 2010
Would you still hold to your faith in the face of tragedy? Risk death, injury, or imprisonment for the sake of your beliefs? Would you still continue to trust God when your world has been pulled apart at the seams? These are some of the questions Philip Yancey pursues in his book What Good is God? Crosswalk had the opportunity to sit down with Yancey, and learn more about how he believes it is the difficult points in our life that truly shape our faith.
Crosswalk.com: In the first few chapters, you talk about this book being born out of intense times and extreme situations that you had experienced, the kind that really get people questioning and searching for God and meaning. Are these types of qualifying events that get us thinking - these tragedies - on the rise, or is that just perception from enhanced media?
Philip Yancey: Hmm. I don't know how to answer the question about if they are on the rise. I have started kind of looking over my shoulder. I tell the story in one chapter of being in
And just this year, a month ago, we returned from
CW: Can we possibly define these tragic situations as "good" if legitimate searches for, as you phrase it on the cover, "a faith that matters" are what result?
PY: Oh yes. In the introduction, I use the phrase "tabletop test," and it is something out of
These extreme situations, I think, are the tabletop test of faith and of the question, "What good is God?" It is one thing to say, "Well, God is good because I live in a nice suburban home and my children are all Olympic athletes and making all As in school." But what good is God if you are in a prison being persecuted for your faith? What good is God if you are on the Virginia Tech campus, and this rampage breaks out? That is to me the tabletop test of faith.
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