The Reason for God – Part 1

reason-for-godI received my long-anticipated, newly released copy of Tim Keller’s new book, The Reason for God yesterday and started in on it last night.  The Introduction to the book was excellent and so I’ve decided to blog through the book, sharing some points from Keller as I read through it.  I’m reading a lot for school right now too, so it’s going to take me a while to get through Keller’s book, but as I do, I’ll be adding new posts on what I’m reading.

Here is some of the Introduction (my goal is to spark your interest enough that you’ll go buy the book yourself):

  • Skepticism, fear, and anger toward traditional religion are growing in power and influence.  But at the same time, robust, orthodox belief in the traditional faiths is growing as well (ix).
  • In short, the world is polarizing over religion.  It is getting both more religious and less religious at the same time (x).
  • Three generations ago, most people inherited rather than chose their religious faith (xv).
  • People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic (xvi-xvii).
  • Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts–not only their own but their friends’ and neighbors’.  It is no longer sufficient to hold beliefs just because you inherited them (xvii).
  • If you doubt Christianity because “There can’t be just one true religion,” you must recognize that this statement is itself and act of faith (xvii).
  • (to skeptics) My thesis is that if you come to recognize the beliefs on which your doubts about Christianity are based, and if you seek as much proof for those beliefs as you seek from Christians for theirs–you will discover that your doubts are not as solid as they first appeared (xviii).

~ by toddbumgarner on February 20, 2008 8:21 am.

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