The Reason for God

The Reason for GodI should have said before now that I’m using Tim Keller’s great new book The Reason for God, as my primary source for our series on apologetic questions. Some time ago I asked the congregation what were the main questions they were asked by unbelievers and their responses mapped on very closely to the questions Keller addresses in part one of The Reason for God. The main difference was that in our context the question, ‘Why doesn’t God reveal himself more clearly?’ was more prominent than Keller’s related question of the reliability of the Bible – perhaps because ours is a more secular and pluralistic context.

There’s a useful website that goes with Keller’s book with a number of additional resources including audio talks:

4 thoughts on “The Reason for God

  1. Hi Tim
    I’m very encouraged to see that you are covering these apologetic arguments as a church and that you are recommending Tim Kellers book. There seems to be something of a stance nowadays against Christians learning about apologetics and how to counter frequently raised questions. The creation / evolution question is also similarly relegated to being of little importance or relevance. The arguments given for this usually go something like – “these are ‘red herring’ points anyway”, “no-one can be mentally persuaded into the kingdom”, “unregenerate minds are darkened and they will not see” or “its visible community life living out the gospel which really matters”. All of these are undoubtedly true, but none are reasons for all of not to be equipped with reasonably thought out answers.
    If you mix with unbelievers regularly and particularly with those of a scientific or philosophical disposition as I do, it is surprising just how often the very points you are covering are actually raised. No doubt I could just ignore them on the basis that ‘their minds are darkened’, but I choose to think it is both more loving and honours the Lord more if I at least try to give a reasoned and honest answer behind the faith I am known to follow.
    The fact that you are tackling these issues at the same time as being fully aware of the need to communicate these truths in a ‘non-book’ manner is hugely encouraging, so please do keep posting the content of your sessions on your blog as you proceed from week to week.

  2. Isn’t Keller’s chapter on evolution holed beneath the water-line though. He asks us to think of evolution as part of God’s creative purpose but then goes on to ask us to imagine a future without death ‘as God originally intended’. Huh? Evolution as part of God’s creation means that death has to be part of His original plan too.

  3. Yep, I agree with the comment by Ano. There seems to be more and more sound Christians who feel the need to distance themselves from the ardent creationists position and think its really cool to go around stating something like God must have ‘used evolution as a mechanism for his creation’ almost as if no-one has ever tried to marry the two together before. In my experience they are usually well meaning and lovely Christians (often with a degree in an Arts subject!), who just don’t realise, or don’t want to realise, the huge contradictions (both scientifically and biblically)in what they are saying and what a laughing stock they make of themselves in the eyes of the world. Again, another reason why a little more emphasis on apologetics would be no bad thing.

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