QUICK HIT: Best known for his academic work in theology and philosophy, Dr. William Lane Craig shifts gears in What is God Like? to bring these often complicated doctrines about God to a level that children can understand. In God is Everywhere, Craig goes beyond simply stating the title and gets into defining it. The story helps avoid the two errors of “God exists in a specific location” (like heaven) and God is spread throughout the universe (like an invisible gas). Rather, he hits upon the balance that God is fully everywhere at every time.
Naturally building off the concept in book one, God is Spirit, William Lane Craig continues his children’s on the attributes of God with a discussion of God’s omnipresence, or, in children’s terms: God is Everywhere.
I love that the series shows a natural progression. Book one teaches that God is not confined to a body. So where is God? God is everywhere! Once again, father (Brown Bear) and mother (Red Goose) handle their children’s (John and Charity) questions about God. The best part of this book is that it doesn’t just say that God is everywhere, it actually provides you with an explanation of what that actually means.
John holds up his cookie and asks if God is in the cookie. This would be true in a pantheistic (the universe is God) or panentheistic (the universe is in God) concept of God, but not in the Christian theistic concept. Craig explains the difference clearly, without using big words. When we say that God is everywhere, what we really mean is that he knows what is happening everywhere. Since he doesn’t have a body, he doesn’t exist in any place at all.
I have to commend Dr. Craig on managing to take such a complex topic and putting it into such simple terms without completely misrepresenting or misinterpreting the doctrine. The story helps avoid the two errors of “God exists in a specific location” (like heaven) and God is spread throughout the universe (like an invisible gas). Rather, he hits upon the balance that God is fully everywhere at every time.
I also commend him on having the children in the book ask questions and leave follow-up questions for the children reading the book to ask. What does it mean that God is everywhere? The answers to that are endless…you are never alone, God is always with you, God is keeping you safe, and so on. These are beautiful books and no other series I’ve found manages to have the theological depth combined with the simplicity Dr. Craig provides.