Making Sense of God: A Book Review
“The World is Expected to Become More Religious – Not Less.” This was the title of an article found in the Washington Post in April, 2015.
Jack Gladstone, a professor of public policy at George Mason University, is quoted: “Sociologists jumped the gun when they said the growth of modernization would bring a growth of secularization and unbelief...That is not what we are seeing,” he said. “People...need religion.”
Why does religion still grow amid intense secular opposition? Tim Keller suggests two reasons. First of all, secular reason has things missing from it that are necessary to live life well. Secondly, people have an intuitive sense that there is something beyond this natural world. In other words, when you stack ideas against each other, belief in God makes the most sense out of life.
This is the underlying conclusion behind Tim Keller’s latest book Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. In thinking through the big questions of life: “What is the meaning of life?” “How do we find true hope?” “Why can’t I be free to live as I see fit?” Where do we get our sense of morality? – Keller argues that these questions are best made sense of when God is in the answer.
Tim Keller has written this book for two groups of people. First he writes to the skeptic of Christianity who may think that Christianity doesn’t hold much promise to a thinking person. With a gracious tone and sound arguments, Keller responds to such a notion, and offers sound arguments for why God makes good sense in pondering life’s biggest issues.
Secondly, he writes this book to people of faith who have friends and family who feel this way towards Christianity. This book is designed to help people of faith engage with secular people in a way that will provide thoughtful reason to consider belief in God.
If you want to deepen your understanding of how Christianity addresses the big questions of life, this would be a good book for you. If you are looking for a way to better engage secular people in matters of faith, this would be a good book for you. If you have friends or family in your life who are asking these questions, this would be a good book to share with them.
For further information and insight, you can view Tim Keller speaking about his book here.
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