Barbara Ehrenreich’s ‘Wild God’ and making room for wonder

Jes Kast

Jes Kast
May 13, 2014

Barbara Ehrenreich’s Living with a Wild God may be written by an atheist, but it can teach Christians something about wonder.

May 22, 2014

It's a wonderful book and well worth reading.

I hear her in the vein of Thomas Nagel. In the end she doesn't WANT there to be a God. God is terribly intrusive and rude sometimes. He doesn't always ask permission. He doesn't necessarily do what we want. He gets his way in the end.

"But amoral gods, polytheistic gods , animal gods— these were all fine with me, if only because they seemed to make no promises and demand no belief."

Ehrenreich, Barbara (2014-04-08). Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything (p. 213). Grand Central Publishing. Kindle Edition.

It makes me ponder Romans 1. It reminds me of CS Lewis and his take on us as rebels who must finally lay down our arms.

Our knowledge, power and ability to demand and secure outcomes that really wants this god to butt out. "We can take care of our own, thank you very much", unless of course we are forced into the space where we realize we're shoddy rulers of the universe.

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