George, Christian. Godology: Because Knowing God Changes Everything. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009. 176 pp. $13.99. Purchase at Amazon.com for $11.19 .
Christian George is a PhD student at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and has written a previous book entitled Sex, Sushi, & Salvation: Thoughts on Intimacy, Community, and Eternity. In Godology, Christian brings his quirky writing style to a new level. Godology is much like a systematic theology for the practical thinker. With chapter titles like Mardi Gras and Icicles and Feng Shui Faith, Christian delves into subjects like God’s unity and God’s mystery (these two topics being the respective subtitles to the aforementioned chapter titles).
With a writing style that borders on emergent, Christian looks at real world experiences to bring to light deep, theological knowledge. His look at God’s creativity, vulnerability, jealousy, love, patience, etc. is refreshing. I have not found another biblically sound, theological discussion on God’s unity that begins with a quote from the television sitcom, The Office.
I can agree with Tom Nettles who says in a blurb on the back cover that “Godology is rock-solid theology penetrated with the urgency and joy of spiritual discipline.” However, I do take some issue with Christian George in his chapter on God’s mystery where he recommends labyrinth walking. I realize that walking labyrinth’s has become a recent craze again, but this is mostly related to the New Age mysticism movement today. I would be very cautious in recommending people begin walking labyrinths given the cultural context in which we find ourselves today.
Nonetheless, I found Godology to be a very enjoyable read and would recommend this book to anyone. More importantly, I can see Godology becoming a “go-to” book for young believers wanting to learn more about this great God who sent His Son to die in our place so that we may be reconciled to Him. I heartily recommend this book with the caveat that the reader be discerning when reading about labyrinth walking.
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