Today I offer you a review of Scrooge and the Question of God’s Existence by Lutheran author Steve Luhring. It’s graced with a foreword from Dr. Paul Maier, himself, who boasts in both the premise and the delivery of this apologetic, philosophical yet fun to read novel.
Initially I read this book because I was smitten with the idea of someone reworking Dicken’s A Christmas Carol in such a way that the ghosts, well, ask more important questions. I was not disappointed. I wondered if it would be historical fiction, but the structure consists of a frame story set in relatively contemporary times (Religious rights are in tension with other sought rights.). In that sense, there is some political treatment, but it quickly gives way to the re-treatment of A Christmas Carol.
Mr. Luhring, as a writer myself, I must wag my finger at you a little for the intensely inspired scene of quick masterful writing! If only my own writing came about that way!
More seriously though, there is a very winsome way in which the main character in the frame story provides ample reason for the apologetic and philosophical arguments presented. He’s an intellectual. A college man, through and through.
I really enjoyed this. I feared it might get a bit political during the set up, but it was overall very satisfying, as both a story and commentary about the intellectual rigor that benefits from Christianity’s biblical teaching and our Christian history of academic integrity built around TRUTH.
I’ll admit I was familiar with several of the philosophical/apologetic arguments involved. This book would be ideal for those who enjoy or study apologetics or philosophy. Seriously: know any college students? Or mature high school students? Although I think people generally can benefit from it, too. There is great food for thought in this read.
The premise of this book may emphasize apologetics to a degree that I wouldn’t–give me good ol’ Word and Sacrament conversions any day–but I’m glad I read it. It’s worth reading and rereading. 🙂
Remember this especially around the holidays!
Below is a link to the Amazon page and a link to another Lutheran review of it.
Happy reading and writing!