The danger with John Wilkinson’s book, No Argument For God, is that you might think that he is being somewhat frivolous. Right at the beginning of the book (pg11) he writes “Though research has uncovered some interesting facts about the reliability of the Bible and the historical record of Christianity, these debates rarely do anything more than solidify the positions of either side. To be honest, I don’t think we even need to engage in a debate. What if there were no argument for God?”
Now, this may have already raised some peoples hackles – surely good apologetics requires sound and solid arguments. Yes, we need to know and understand things, but apologetics that relies purely on sound and solid arguments, trying to make the faith look reasonable and acceptable has missed the point.
This is why Wilkinson’s book is far from frivolous. Indeed it very profound, and yet written in a very easy and readable way.
Wilkinson asks the question, “What would happen if your atheist friend told you that faith is irrational, and you agreed with him, that faith is irrational and beyond reason.” Faith is not a tidy , intellectual and rational thing. We are talking about an infinite God who has made himself known; spoken to people; became a human being; raised people from the dead; healed them; died for them; raised himself from the dead; has gone back to heaven and has promised to return. His teaching says love your enemy; give to those who ask; be willing to die for Him.
This is not tidy, intellectual and rational in our culture today. Apologetics needs to accept that faith is not something you can easily argue for and for Wilkinson, the call of this book is that we should not be afraid to accept the irrational / beyond reason aspect of Christianity. Purely engaging in a polemical discourse with someone is missing a vital aspect of what Christianity is. As Wilkinson says to his atheist friend, “lets walk down a path beyond reason, logic and sense to see if by abandoning our arguments for God we can find him.”
This book will probably not please those who have the strong reasonable and logical answers as to why God exists and we should put our trust in him. But I would encourage such people to read this book in order to see that faith is not based in logic or reason alone – but in a real and tangible PERSON; that when someone has grasped the person of Christ – the reality of Jesus – the intellectual arguments become so secondary.
This is why this book is so good. It challenges us to approach apologetics in a whole knew way – not to say that faith is not true, or does not have true facts or intellectual foundations, but that ultimately, faith transcends these things. When that happens, as Wilkinson writes: The issue is not whether Christianity is a reasonable faith but whether we are willing to believe it when it isn’t.