April 17, 2010

Not God's Type

Not God’s Type: 
A Rational Academic Finds a Radical Faith
By Dr. Holly Ordway
Synopsis:   How does Holly Ordway, an atheist  professor of English literature change?    She compares atheism to theism, questions what is faith,  and decides  there is a god.   She researches into the life and resurrection of Christ, including reading the Gospels as history,  asking more questions,  ultimately accepting His grace.
Publisher: Moody Publishers, May 1, 2010
Read through the courtesy of Moody Publishes and Netgalley.

My perspective:
I cannot conceive of a person being an atheist.  How can this be?   Look at the stars – God made them.   I remember at the age of 8, telling my best friend’s mother excitedly about Jesus.   When I had the opportunity to read Ordway’s book,  I grabbed  the chance to see her path to conversion.  

As an atheist, Ordway  rationalizes herself out of her emotional reaction to 9/11.   She re-reads poetry and realizes there is something deep in the poems of John Keats “Beauty is truth, truth beauty” and especially John Donne’s  “ Break, blow, burn, and make me new.”  What did these men know?   Ordway feels a new hunger.  She realizes her fencing coach, Josh,  has strong Christian beliefs without being a pushy-type of guy.  He is her intellectual equal, thus they have many conversations about  morality and God.

Some of the philosophical arguments were difficult for me to understand, however Ordway’s  metaphors, which are actually Josh’s metaphors,  are a delight to read.  There’s a paper coffee cup in a casino in Nevada.    She wanders in the countryside of the kingdom, and stands on the edge of a moral precipice.    He speaks of aviation and buying the plane ticket.

Throughout the book, there are Interlude chapters which tell of Ordway’s activities in her church --  and her pilgrimages to cathedrals in England.  I googled  these chapels to look at photos of them.

Two questions that I had while reading Not God’s Type:    I was curious about her own childhood family, and how she was raised.    The Acknowledgment section at the end does  not even mention Josh and Heidi, her tour guides  to the Kingdom!  How could this be?

This is definitely a book I want to pick up and re-read, and even go to  other books she mentions.  In the meantime, her blog is something to relish:   Hieropraxis.


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