I’ve found myself needing to repent of my lack of reading actual books as of late, so I’ve got a few things on the docket I want to read. I just picked up and started Tim Keller’s The Reason for God, and I must say it’s a good read. Although the concepts aren’t mind-blowing, Keller has an aptitude for communicating simple answers to complicated questions.
Chapter 1 was about the exclusivity of the Christian truth claim, and how ultimately every person has an exclusive claim, regardless of their faith or skepticism. I thoroughly enjoyed his simple response to the fact that everyone adopts a world-view or a fundamental narrative, whether they claim to or not. Whatever grounds an individual has for denying an exclusive claim is in fact still making an exclusive claim. My presumption is that he will answer doctrinally later on in the book the basis for the Christian world-view as the inspired Word of God.
Chapter 2 delved lightly into the question of suffering, and the supposed challenge that it is to the existence of an omnibenevolent God. Keller answers this challenge by pointing out that anyone who claims God cannot exist because of evil has a concept of just and unjust that presupposes an extrinsic concept of justice. To be logically consistent with a self-driven, Darwinian world-view, you cannot uphold this idea of justice. He then goes on to understand that the Christian narrative is probably a better apologetic for the existence of God.
I’m looking forward to reading more…
Any thoughts from you who have read the book?