“Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl” quite a ride

19 08 2009

Tilt-a-Whirl cover

The Tilt-a-Whirl ride at your state fair is a thrilling, insane spinfest of glorious terror. So is the world we live in. And just like kids who discovers  the ride for the first time after a corn dog, a candied apple, 2 large cokes, and a funnel cake, our experience on earth is often a mixture of joy, fear, and that little bit of vomit in the back of your throat only held back by centrifugal force.

That seems to be the basis of N.D. Wilson’s “Notes from the Tilt-a-Whirl,” the most incredible, bizarre, irreverent, poignant, poetic, and funny philosophical apologetic for the Christian worldview ever known to mankind. Wilson tackles issue such as creation/evolution, God’s existence and the problem of evil, heaven/hell, and the gospel story of Jesus Christ by talking to snowflakes, admiring the platypus, witnessing the destruction of earwigs, and eating lunch in graveyards. He takes on philosophers like Hume, Nietschze, Plato, and Marx, but not with dry rhetoric and high-sounding arguments no one understands or cares about. He simply looks around at the world, at nature, at the seasons of life, and our human experiences with an admiration that is beautiful and ghastly all at the same time. So beautiful and so ghastly that – he concludes – the worldview of Christianity is the only thing that one can rightfully come to.

On another note, I think the book could be difficult to read for some. It is NOT normal writing. “All over the place” would be a fitting description, a stream of consciousness approach with no ritalin in sight. I imagine some will find it hard to follow, but I loved it both for what it sets out to do and the unique and effective way it does it.

Finishing this book was like riding the attraction for which it is named. My head is spinning, I feel a little queasy, but I know now I would not have wanted to miss it for anything. I may even get back in line and ride it again (after another corn dog).

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20 08 2009
Jen

Sounds good. I just checked the Jeff County Library System and my Univ. library and it’s not to be found. I nominate it for the church library. 🙂

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