In his new book, Finding God In The Shack, theologian Randal Rauser takes readers on a fascinating journey through the pages of the story that has ignited the church's interest in the Trinity, a doctrine that has long been locked away in seminary classrooms.
As Rauser explores the intricacies of the plot, he addresses many of the book's complex and controversial issues. In the process, he explains why God the Father is revealed as an African-American woman, defends the book's theology of the Trinity against charges of heresy, and considers its provocative denial of a Trinitarian hierarchy.
At its heart The Shack is a response to evil, and Rauser offers an honest and illuminating discussion of the book's explanation for why God allows evil, how the atoning work of Christ offers new hope to a suffering world, and ultimately how this hope extends to all of creation.
Whether they have been inspired, challenged, or even threatened by Young's novel, Finding God In The Shack is an essential tool for readers who want to better understand the Scriptural truths contained in the book's message and to apply those truths to their own lives. Each chapter concludes with a set of provocative discussion questions, making Finding God In The Shack an ideal vehicle for small group discussion.
"It is true that The Shack asks some hard questions and occasionally takes positions with which we might well disagree. But surely the answer is not found in shielding people from the conversation, but rather in leading them through it," Rauser says.
"After all, it is through wrestling with new ideas that one learns to deal with the nuance and complexity that characterise an intellectually mature faith. The Shack will not answer all our questions, nor does it aspire to. But we can be thankful that it has started a great conversation."
Here's what some people are saying about Finding God In The Shack:
‘Before you have read a dozen pages you will know why we need to keep company with theologians. They help us keep our conversations on God intelligent, informed and irenic.’ Eugene H Peterson
‘Randal Rauser has provided a stunning exploration of The Shack that extends its beauty and impact, whilst simultaneously enabling discussion and reflection around some of the most awe-inspiring and essential beliefs of the Christian Faith contained within it.’ Jason Clark, founding pastor of Sutton Vineyard, London
‘A searching and helpfully revealing theological analysis, and one which is also a generous commendation of Young’s contribution on Trinity and where ‘tragedy confronts eternity.’ Max Turner, Professor of New Testament Studies, London School of Theology