Orange tip with wild flowers
(photo: Scott Murray)

Good news
My last post was about four months ago. Anyone who read posts 1 – 30 will know the story of how my wife, Margaret, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in June 2012 and all the turmoil in our lives that it entailed. There is no need to repeat the details of what happened here. The good news is that she had a scan a few weeks ago and she got the result the other day and it was all clear. We thank God for that. It is a huge relief. But it also gives us empathy and sympathy for other people who have been given bad news.

Incidence of cancer
Is there more cancer than there used to be? Or is it that people are living longer and that an older generation is more susceptible. I’m not sure, but certainly there seems to be more of it than there was when I was a kid in the 1950s. Occasionally, you heard of a neighbour or acquaintance with some form of the disease, but not that often. Now there seems to be someone every second week. My heart goes out to anyone who has been diagnosed with any form of cancer.
Bumble bee with bluebell
(photo: Scott Murray)

A little light reading!
As a book lover, I’ve accumulated, haphazardly, a lot of books over the years. Unfortunately, their order on the shelves is almost as haphazard, so I can remembering having a book and then failing to find it. Look high, look low, and yet there is no sign of it. Frustrating? Extremely! Imagine my pleasure,then, when, the other day, I came across a book I knew I had but couldn’t previously find. It’s called Does God Exist? by Hans Küng. The English translation of the book, from German, was published in 1980. It’s not light reading! And at 839 pages it’s quite long. But for anyone interested in the background to modern thought since Descartes it’s quite fascinating. In the end, the answer to his own question is 100% positive. God does indeed exist, despite the challenges of atheists and nihilists such as Freud, Nietzsche, Marx and a hundred others.

Who is Hans Küng?
The forward to the book gives some information on the author. It says: “Hans Küng was born in Sursee, Switzerland, in 1928, and grew up to become one of the most brilliant, controversial and outspoken priests in the Roman Catholic Church this century. He is highly regarded for his theological knowledge and insights, not only among Catholics but by theologians of all religious persuasions, and is also able to communicate his ideas clearly to non-theologians as well.
In December 1979 his disagreements with the Roman hierarchy came to a head when he was condemned by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, mainly for his views on papal infallibility, and his right to teach as a Catholic theologian was withdrawn. He has, however, continued to teach independently at the University of Tübingen, in Germany.” He is, of course, now retired.
Blue Iris
(photo: Scott Murray)

What the book is about
The book’s blurb gives a brief indication of what the book is about: “Hans Küng tackles the central question of belief with his usual brilliance. He contends that we can trust in God with a faith which, although it transcends reason, does not deny it. The basis of this decision lies in the realities of life, and for the Christian the decisive encounter is with Jesus, in whose person and acts God is met. Küng fearlessly faces the attack made upon belief in God by masters of modern thought, and the new challenge presented by Western and Eastern experience. So truthful a book by so outstanding a thinker will be a help to many in their own wrestling with humanity’s most important question.”

For anyone interested in these questions, Küng’s virtues are his masterful grasp of the issues and philosophies involved and his amazing ability to make difficult ideas sound simple. I doubt if there is anyone who has so comprehensively dealt with the questions of modern unbelief and clarified why it is so important to believe in God in Christ.