J.I. Packer’s Knowing God was published in 1973 and has sold over 1 million copies. It is one the most recommended books for Christians to read and it is worth adding one more recommendation for those who have not yet added this to their reading list.
Here are a few reasons you should consider making this your next read:
We Should Pursue Knowledge of God
In this work, Packer takes God as his subject. For a mere creature to examine its creator is a daunting task (he likens it to a clown yearning to play Hamlet). Even so, Packer provides a tremendous amount of insight into what it means for the believer to know God.
Says Packer, “The conviction behind the book is that ignorance of God—ignorance both of his ways and of the practice of communion with him—lies at the root of much of the church’s weakness today” (12).
This ignorance of God has contributed to two negative trends in the church:
1. Christians have been unduly influenced by modern ideas about God, which views Him as distant, small, and completely unknowable.
2. The second trend is that Christians have become confused as a result of their dealings with modern skepticism. Lacking a strong Biblical understanding of God, believers have become less certain about both God and His Word. The truth of Scripture is routinely questioned, and even the very concept of truth is itself been put up for debate.
It is clear that the trends which Packer identifies in Knowing God have not been corrected since he wrote this book. If anything, the pace of the decline has quickened and many Christians find themselves largely ignorant about God and His role in their lives.