Free ePUB Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the ScepticalAuthor Timothy Keller –

Another great book by Tim Keller Unlike some of his other books, I found this one a bit preachy It may have just been my frame of mind at the time Regardless, this an excellent book with some great thoughts about the viability of a Christian worldview. really great book I have enjoyed all of it, and its written for anyone to read Keller is so knowledgeable and well read and it is very apparent in his writing. We live in an age of scepticism 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 book, pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller invites sceptics to consider that Christianity is as relevant now as ever As human beings, we cannot live without meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, justice and hope and Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet all these needs Written for both sceptic and believer, Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives A book that really makes you question your attitudes, your morality, and gives you an insight into how society can influence our opinions It s a book to take your time over allow the concepts to sink in It s given me confidence to defend my faith coherent arguments to do this. Very in depth book which allows the reader to make their own mind up based on the facts A must read for everyone who is seeking the truth. Read it if you can t understand why people believe in God.Be warned Might need some meditating for certain passages need rereading Tim Keller is a very readable author, if sometimes a little intellectual for me I appreciate and mostly agree with his theology, and respect and enjoy his books very much. I am an avid Timothy Keller reader as I feel there are few who speak to Western ethos as he does, able to capture the core beliefs of our post christian world and draw out its central premises to show similarities and differences with those of Christianity Keller rarely goes into strong black and white distinctions between Western beliefs and Christianity Rather, it is interesting to read how many current Western beliefs that concern even strongly non Christian ideas, are in fact alternative interpretations of ideas that were at their base strongly Christian Ideas such as tolerance, human rights, or caring for enemies are at the heart of what flows from Christian doctrine Where there is a clash is when Western ideas are portrayed as being objective or untainted by belief, based on empirical observation that does not lend itself to interpretation Keller and other Christian writers have done a nice job of addressing these ideas and showing them to be falsehoods.Making Sense of God is written in this tradition Three points come out for me First, MSOG is very much written for a kind of person that we often meet in different contexts in the West the person who wants to basically be left alone, not told what to do and who perceives that as long as they do not hurt or otherwise harm anyone, they are pretty much justified in what they do and, frankly, have the right to do what they do Keller asks foundational questions of this person Where does the idea of rights come from What do you do with human suffering What if your idea of harm is different from someone else s etc Each basic part of the Western ethos is taken apart and exposed as resting on foundational hypotheses that, to different degrees, involve a strong level of belief and faith albeit not in the traditional religious sense Western thought is based on a certain set of beliefs, worked out into doctrines that it is difficult to argue against Western thought is thus very much religious and composed of some of the same characteristics that were part of the Dark Age interpretations of Christendom This book does not address the existence of God as The Reason for God did Rather, it focuses on those basic ideas that most people in the West organize their lives around In this, if the reader is available, it is quite effective in communicating its message.A second point concerns the writing style There is a bit too much familiarity I am unsure as to whether this is because the topic is overly familiar to Keller or whether he is writing to a set audience, but the language becomes overly colloquial and I feel there is less attention to the detail of the wording of sentences Important points are laid out in everyday language This is ok if you are speaking to high schoolers However, I do not think the audience for this book wants the author to be overly familiar with them Unfortunately, I feel that this familiar writing style is perhaps less effective than that encountered in The Reason for God.Perhaps a final point involves Keller s exposition of the Christian message in this book This is clearly one of Keller s strong points He draws heavily on Reformed Christian tradition to expose the incomprehensible movement of God towards humans in a way that communicates His affection for them and His desire to see them be redeemed, repaired, freed from themselves He contrasts this affection and love of God, in different ways and throughout the book, with the world as it can be understood without God, as a place that lacks true meaning, one where natural selection and survival of the fittest are modes of life and where watching your neighbour s back is something you do at your own risk and peril, with no real benefit to yourself unless it helps you pass on your genes The contrast is sometimes stark Love and meaning or fear and survival A choice must be made Keller offers space to think, to doubt and question, but does so in a way that asks all sides in the God discussion to do so Solid thought, helpful doubt and honest questions can help make way to understanding the biggest questions in life. Every age needs to reinterpret God and the Christian message for living generations The secularists and humanists in modern society assume we are at the highest level of development by freeing ourselves from the belief in God.This book questions all those secular assumptions and sheds new light of the need for religion and Christianity in modern life.Personally, I think it does an excellent job and is essential reading, especially if you were convinced by Richard Dawkins book The God Delusion.Scientists think they have all the answers but in fact, they know nothing of your individual human needs This book examines the really important questions that matter to human individuals and that underpin our society. I came about this book when I heard that Tim Keller wrote a sequel after The Reason for God , a book I ve read couple of times and I though it was brilliant.My feeling is that Making Sense of God goes a step backwards and addresses questions and dilemas for readers whom the idea of God is distant and perhaps have not though much about it and dismissed the idea of God.What I like from this book is how clear and concise the arguments are large amounts of resources and quotes from thinkers and scholars it generally starts with the argument against.I ll very much recommend it to anyone really.