Posted inReligion

For the Bible tells me? No.

Reading Time: 8 minutes I don’t have any concrete numbers on this, but I believe most Christians who are into apologetics as a serious hobby are inerrantists. By that I mean they belong to one of those subsets of the Christian faith who believe the Bible is right—not just about some things—but about everything. Tim Keller falls into that […]

Posted inReligion

What’s wrong with asking for a miracle?

Reading Time: 6 minutes When people ask me why I left my faith, I always find myself spending the first part of the conversation discounting assumptions they bring about why this keeps happening to people they know. They usually reach for one of several non-rational causes: Somebody hurt you once You went to the wrong church You just want […]

Posted inScience

Believing in evolution, but not too much

Reading Time: 10 minutes Moving on to Chapter 6 in his The Reason for God, Tim Keller takes on Richard Dawkins, who argues in The God Delusion that scientific literacy and religious belief are inversely related. The more a person understands modern science, Dawkins suggests, the less inclined he will be to accept the supernatural claims of any religion. To back this up, […]

Posted inReligion

The evolution of Hell in The Reason for God

Reading Time: 9 minutes Growing up in an evangelical church I was taught that no matter what it is you want or need, God himself is the answer. You need comfort or security? God is where you get it. You want guidance or companionship? God is there for you. You need discipline? Affection? Wisdom? God, God, God. It reminds […]

Posted inPolitics

Whitewashing Christian history in The Reason for God

Reading Time: 15 minutes To hear Tim Keller talk, you’d think the Christian church was responsible for every progressive social step forward that Western civilization has taken. In order to support this idea, Keller turns in chapter four of The Reason for God to address the developments of the Abolition movement and of the Civil Rights movement in the United […]

Posted inReligion

The problem of evil in The Reason for God

Reading Time: 12 minutes Christian theology has wrestled since its inception with the problem of evil. Generally speaking, they believe that God is a being who is completely good, who is everywhere present all the time, who has all power, and who knows everything that has ever happened and everything that ever will. In other words he is omniscient, […]

Posted inGeneral

Revisiting Tim Keller’s The Reason for God

Reading Time: 7 minutes I don’t really care for apologetics books. It’s a tedious chore to make it all the way through them, and interacting with them is exhausting because for every single word it takes to put forth a bad argument it takes ten to properly debunk it. But in every decade there seems to be a favorite […]

Posted inReligion, Science

Faith and Reason Are Not Really Friends

Reading Time: 8 minutes You may not find this as fascinating as I do, but I recently came across a video put out by The Gospel Coalition, a think tank for Calvinists co-founded by Tim Keller, a Presbyterian pastor and author who herein verbalizes his own reservations about human evolution. What stands out most to me is that while […]

Posted inUncategorized

Apologetics: Preaching to the Choir

Reading Time: 14 minutes Apologetics isn’t for the lost, it’s for the already saved. Generally speaking, apologetics books and articles are written by Christians and for Christians, no matter who their authors claim are the target audience of their work. The only people who are ever impressed with the arguments therein are people who are already “within the fold.” […]