Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Reason For God Reviewed By Challies

“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 so solid as they first appeared.”
-Timothy Keller
This is the thesis of a new book by Timothy Keller titled: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Tim Challies has written a review on this book over on his site and he gives it good marks aside from a few secondary issues. The book is for skeptics and those who love them and it attempts to lay out an argument for God. Challies goes on to discuss the chapter breaks:
In the first seven chapters Keller looks at seven of the most common objections and doubts about Christianity and discerns the alternate beliefs underlying each of them. This section is titled “The Leap of Doubt” and answers these seven common critiques:

1. There can’t be just one true religion
2. A good God could not allow suffering
3. Christianity is a straitjacket
4. The church is responsible for so much injustice
5. A loving God would not send people to hell
6. Science has disproved Christianity
7. You can’t take the Bible literally

In the second half of the book, titled “The Reasons for Faith,” he turns to an examination of seven reasons to believe in the claims of the Christian faith.

1. The clues of God
2. The knowledge of God
3. The problem of sin
4. Religion and the gospel
5. The (true) story of the cross
6. The reality of the resurrection
7. The Dance of God
You can read the entire book review here.
Some questions:
-If you have read this book, what are your thoughts concerning it?
-Can God's existence be proved?
-Why do so many humans believe in some outside of themselves (God or gods)?
-Why is it reasonable to have faith in the God of Christianity? (If it is not, can you answer Keller's arguments?)

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