There was a time in my life where I would say, “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”, was *the* apologetic resource for this generation. Much like many of the reviews, I, too, wish I had that book when I was an atheist. Today, that is not the case. The 2017 publishing of ‘The Problem of God’, by Mark Clark (Zondervan Publishing) is now my choice for best apologetic resource. The reason? Quite simply: it’s more pointed.

Mark Clark has an elegant and compelling way of presenting the evidence for various features of the world (science, the Bible, Jesus, sex, and more). He examines them through a natural lens and posits why the things we take for granted make more sense from a Christian worldview.  Clark’s unique ability is in his ability to bring the reader to the Christian conclusion without selling the perspective.

Bruxy Cavey writes:

[The Problem of God] provides an accessible paradigm for understanding and answering common objections to God, Scripture, and the historical person of Jesus without needing to be a philosopher, language expert, or historian.”

I think what I liked most about Clark’s work is that he uses secular sources and non-Christian philosophy as backdrops for Christianity. He utilizes classical literature like, ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ to showcase that our inner-workings function best when viewed holistically. ‘The Problem of God’ is thorough but not weighty. It is packed with scholarly journals, fictional literature and Bible quotes, but it never feels difficult to understand.

If I had one negative criticism about Mark Clark’s, ‘The Problem of God’, it would simply be: I wish I wrote it first. #MustRead

“To rule out even asking questions about divine activity is not neutral, but…an act of cultural hegemony”

Roger Browning is a husband, father of four, Army veteran and has been part of the Clear Lens team since 2016. Roger brings wit, experience and an audacious style to the apologetics genre. Currently, Roger is enrolled in the C. S. Lewis Institute Fellows program and enjoys encouraging others to take their faith seriously.


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