Does It Make Sense To Even Want To Believe in God?
If the evidence for theism and atheism were equally compelling,1which worldview should we want to be true?
After dispelling common myths concerning the supposed decline of religion and the supposed dichotomy between faith and reason, Pastor Tim Keller (M. Div., D. Min.) compares and contrasts the logical outworkings of a secular worldview with that of a Christian worldview.
As many apologists and even and skeptics acknowledge, objections to belief in God are often not intellectual, but emotional and volitional. Keller gives reasons why a theistic worldview ought to be emotionally and volitionally preferable to a secular worldview. That is, if we really think things through, we should want there to be a God.
Though many of us may be guilty of this from time to time (myself included), it does not seem reasonable to believe merely what we prefer to be true, however. Yet, I think this book provides a crucial pre-apologetic. Only after examining how different worldviews account for Meaning, Satisfaction, Freedom, Self, Identity, Morality, Justice, and Hope does Keller provide evidence for the reasonableness of belief in God — the Christian God.
This is truly an invitation to the skeptic, but it is an enlightening read for believers, as well.2
Table of Contents
Preface The Faith of the Secular
PART ONE WHY DOES ANYONE NEED RELIGION?
One Isn’t Religion Going Away?
Two Isn’t Religion Based on Faith and Secularism on Evidence?
PART TWO RELIGION IS MORE THAN YOU THINK IT IS
Three A Meaning That Suffering Can’t Take from You
Four A Satisfaction That Is Not Based on Circumstances
Five Why Can’t I Be Free to Live as I See Fit, as Long as I Don’t Harm Anyone?
Six The Problem of the Self
Seven An Identity That Doesn’t Crush You or Exclude Others
Eight A Hope That Can Face Anything
Nine The Problem of Morals
Ten A Justice That Does Not Create New Oppressors
PART THREE CHRISTIANITY MAKES SENSE
Eleven Is It Reasonable to Believe in God?
Twelve Is It Reasonable to Believe in Christianity?
Epilogue Only in God
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- (Though I find the evidence for theism and, more specifically, Christianity much more compelling).
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- Keller, Timothy. Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical (pp. vii-viii). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.