I’ve anticipated this book for a long time. My copy came in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to jump in and start reading. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, is sympathetic towards doubt and skepticism, having pastored in secular Manhattan for almost twenty years now. The way Keller communicates Christianity has significantly influenced my own thinking and philosophy of ministry. Much of what he’s written up to this point has been in the form of essays and unpublished papers so I’m really excited that some of his thoughts have now been compiled into a book. The book is written for those who are skeptical of Christianity as well as for believers who could use help in commending their faith to those around them. If you’re interested, Keller will be speaking on the content of the book at the University of Penn on March 11th. I’m planning to go, so let me know if you want to come along. Also, check out the website for the book. It contains a video of Keller explaining his rationale for writing as well as other helpful resources such as a discussion guide.

Here’s an overview of the book:

Section 1: The Leap of Doubt
In this section Keller looks at seven of the most common objections to Christianity and highlights the alternate beliefs underlying these doubts.

1. There can’t be just one true religion
2. A good God could not allow suffering
3. Christianity is a straightjacket
4. The church is responsible for so much injustice
5. A loving God would not send people to hell
6. Science has disproved Christianity
7. You can’t take the Bible literally

Section 2: The Reasons for Faith
In this second section Keller commends Christianity by offering seven reasons to believe the claims of Christianity.

1. The clues of God
2. The knowledge of God
3. The problem of sin
4. Religion and the gospel
5. The (true) story of the cross
6. The reality of the resurrection
7. The Dance of God

I strongly recommend that you check this book out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

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