If you or someone you know is wading through life in a state of – what I like to call – postmodern skepticism, then you should read Wade Bradshaw’s Searching for a Better God  (Authentic Publishing, 2007). 

The work itself is fairly short on length, but long on depth.  

Bradshaw highlights the issue that we are all searching for what he calls “a better hope.” His perspective is largely sociological in nature, and given his veterinary background, his reasoning and logic are pure are hard to quarrel with.  

Bradshaw obviously has experience in dealing with the “hard questions.”  He answers them skillfully and thoroughly.  

He draws an interesting distinction between what he calls the “Old Story” – i.e., that God’s very existence is what is at question – and the “New Story”  – i.e., that God’s virtue is what is at question.  The difference seems subtle at first, but as Bradshaw elaborates, it becomes obvious to any reader that he is describing accurately the predominant viewpoint in today’s postmodern emergent culture.  

Oftentimes I find myself hopeless in the quest to articulate answers to these tough questions like: “Is God Angry? Is God Distant? Is God a Bully?”  Bradshaw provides clear, thorough answers to these questions from multiple perspectives and suggests that there exists a path, through wisdom, which will guide us to place of further understanding. 

Overall, the work is weighty in nature, but not too much to digest.  I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who deals regularly with postmoderns, or anyone who considers himself a postmodern.  

Here’s a quote from the book that sums up, in my opinion, Bradshaw’s thesis: “Two stories, three paths, but really only one human condition: living in a dying, cooling world and in need of a better hope” (40).

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