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Trying to Fill The “Forever Empty”

Thanks to Justin Dyer for today’s guest post:

Two thoughts – one from Tim Keller and one from Louis C.K. – came to mind as I watched the 2015 NCAA national wrestling tournament in St. Louis a few weeks ago. In a short study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, Tim Keller describes coveting as an “idolatrous longing” for something other than God. Of course, Keller doesn’t claim any novel theological insight here. Christians have long insisted that only God can satisfy our deepest desires. Looking to some created thing rather than the Creator as our ultimate source of satisfaction is worse than futile: it is idolatrous.

Following Augustine’s famous prayer that his heart was restless until it rested in the Divine, Christians often claim that we have a hole in our hearts that only God can fill. Put this way, the claim sounds trite, perhaps, but it reflects a deep reality that many atheists and agnostics appreciate and acknowledge even if they do not share the Christian’s hope that the hole can or will be filled. In an interview with Conan O’Brien, the skeptical comedian Louis C.K. insightfully described the experiential reality as a sort of deep melancholy: