Why Respond to an Atheist? My Response to Anderson's "No Kingdom Come": Part 1

nokingdomC.J. Anderson is a former Christian turned atheist. His book, No Kingdom Come, is offered in digital format through Amazon.com. I first encountered C.J. in a theology/apologetics forum I frequent on Goodreads.com. Anderson’s claims are twofold. First, because God has never provided him with personal knowledge of His existence (like Christ had once provided the Doubter, Thomas) it must follow that He doesn’t exist. Also, Anderson claims that because God has allowed him to suffer in his personal life, it is evident that He doesn’t exist. Anderson challenged us all to read his book for a better perspective on his arguments.

I read his book and wasn’t necessarily impressed by his logic or his arguments. There is nothing really new about his position. Essentially, Anderson has succumbed to the age-old problem of evil. If evil and suffering exists, how could the Christian concept of God exist? However, in Anderson’s case, it is personal. The problems that caused him to recant his faith are personal problems. He blamed God for some very real pain he has experience. As I read his book, I thought briefly of offering an extended response; however, when I read his mission statement, I knew a response must be offered:

“My mission is clear to me: Write a book to destroy the book that destroyed my life. Write a book to destroy The Bible”[1]

Anderson’s mission statement is quite clear. He desires nothing less than to destroy the Bible. By extension, his goal would seem to be to destroy Christianity. He wants to destroy the faith my fellow Christians have in Christ. It’s not enough for him to disbelieve – he wants to destroy our faith. Anderson’s tactics are to raise huge accusations against God and then portray Him as incapable of providing any real answers. It is my assertion that the God of the bible does offer real answers. It is my assertion that God did not fail C.J. Anderson. Rather, Anderson’s lack of understanding and lack of faith failed him.

My mission in writing a response is clear. I want to offer a different perspective than Anderson. I want people who are suffering to have an alternative to Anderson’s voice. I want to encourage and exhort others to place their faith in Jesus Christ. Ultimately, I want to offer a defense of the hope I have placed in Jesus Christ.

“… always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” – 1 Peter 3:15.

Responding to Anderson’s book will involve a rather long series of posts. I will attempt to respond to each chapter, however, I reserve the right to skip around a bit as a couple of his chapters deviate a bit from his main arguments.

I hope you will follow along.


[1] Anderson’s book is digital and is not formatted to provide page numbers.

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