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 bestselling 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.
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A Masterpiece In Theological Closed Reasoning
Admitingly, I'm a skeptic. This book was given to me by a Christian relative who introduced it as one of the best books he's ever read. (I'm assuming that excludes the Bible but, who knows) In fact, he read it multiple times because the "philosophy" was difficult to understand. Being a big fan of philosophy and not a fan of religion I was intrigued.
The book started off giving an outline of the chapters to come. The author was extremely confident in the book's ability to sway a skeptic through reasoning. The problem is, there wasn't any reasoning in the entire book. At times I found myself reading aloud in an effort to insure forward motion. Many times I found myself yelling at the pages in an attempt to point out the absurdity of the lack of reasoning used by the author. I started writing down every misquote, false equivalence and misinterpretation in the book but it became too time consuming.
Here's the basic reasoning throughout the book:
Seculars believe X, Here's an example of one person who's secular who believes X therefore, all seculars must believe X. (That's not how any of this works)
The reason seculars believe X (wait, we haven't established that any seculars besides the one you're (mis)quoting actually agree but never mind) is either A or B. (Actually the reasoning Is A, B, or ANY OTHER REASON).
Here's my response to A and here's my response to B. Haha, I win! Point for Christian God!
Here's the problem..... you created the question, you created the hypothetical answers to the question therefore, you're only responding to your own questions and answers. This painfuly continues chapter after chapter.
I see the draw if you're a committed Christian. He's preaching to the choir and you've probably never looked at things from any perspective other than your own. The problem is, that's the exact problem with today's religion(s) You know what you want to hear and publishing companies (and churches) know what you want to hear therefore, they can print garbage like this and plenty of people will buy it, read it and never question it.
The author continually groups people together using words like "seculars" and "us Christians", as if there are only two responses to the question not only on religion but on Christianity. This not only cheapens religion but it dumbs down humanity by saying you're either "one of us" or "one of them". I like to think there are more than two stances on the greatest question ever presented to our species.
*The title of this review is an adaptation of a description by Richard Dawkins on an unrelated topic.