We live in an age of skepticism. Our society places such faith in empirical reason, historical progress, and heartfelt emotion that it's easy to wonder: Why should anyone believe in Christianity? What role can faith and religion play in our modern lives?
In this thoughtful and inspiring new book, pastor and New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever. As human beings we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice, and hope. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs.
Written for both the ardent believer and the skeptic, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives.
©2016 Timothy Keller (P)2016 Penguin Audio
Christians who want their beliefs confirmed, or those who are on the fence but are more inclined toward being convinced.
Yes. I have also read The Reason for God.
I think so. He sounded familiar. He has a very soothing, calm voice.
The moral argument comes up over and over in this book, but Keller's arguments do not really address the better thought out counter arguments. Instead, they beg the question.
The best example of this is the final chapter of the book, where Keller basically tries to make the case that morality cannot be defended rationally on the basis of self interest.
But wait... does that mean morality is irrational? He stops short of saying that outright, but it is what this type of argument implies.
Actually, Keller does not really attempt to refute the rational arguments for morality. Instead, what Keller argues is the empirical case that most people will not choose to be moral when given only rational, intellectual arguments for morality. Essentially, that people are too self-interested to be self-interested(!)
But this says nothing about the actual philosophical status of morality or the existence of God. This is just a way of saying that people are short-sighted and not generally insightful enough to grasp that morality actually is in their self interest!
This is something that Keller and I can probably agree on. But it is not a sound argument for God or against a rational understanding of morality. It is merely an argument about human psychology and what drives people.
It is easy to imagine that humans have developed ideas, creeds, and emotional responses that help us cooperate and behave in ways that are rational and mutually beneficial where our intellect and short-sightedness would otherwise fail us. But this does not imply that morality cannot be explained without a god.
A different narator would be my opinion for Keller's books my suggestions would be T.Keller, Kate Reading, Grove Gardener, William Neenam, Ralph Lister. Any of the above I think would be great!
Keller does a phenomenal job of presenting common arguments against the existence of God and skillfully picks them apart. Yet he's gracious and understanding. I'm convinced he's the CS Lewis or Francis Schaeffer our time
If you couldn't put into words why you believe or if you want to explain to another why they should believe--then listen to Timothy Keller make sense of what you have only been able to feel! This is like Pilgrims Progress--I will listen to this again and again! I only wish the author would have been the narrator.
I wish Pastor Keller narrated his books. There is something about when an author reads his own work in a book like this. His passion and conviction come through and hold your attention. Timothy Keller is one of the best preachers I have ever heard. It pains me to hear his words competently read, rather than convincingly preached. He narrated The Prodigal God and The Reason for God and I have listened to each multiple times and gained new insights each time. I have bought all his audio books and, despite excellent content, they require many prayers to stay focused on what's being said and get through them even once. The narrators are fine. But they are READING. This book is fine and challenges atheism powerfully. But these words need to be proclaimed or preached. Please, Pastor Keller, narrate your books!
This timely book gives needed insight into the narratives of secular culture and how the Gospel speaks the final word. A needed read for anybody with hopes to have meaningful conversation with our secular culture.
the author is more concerned with his overuse of large, intellectual words than the subject. extremely boring.
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