Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

Making Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical Making Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical is a prequel to The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism We live in an age of skepticism Our society places such faith in empirical reason

  • Title: Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical
  • Author: Timothy J. Keller
  • ISBN: 9780525954156
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Making Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical, is a prequel to The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism 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 Making Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical, is a prequel to The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism 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 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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    1. I’m not big on reformed theology. I’m not big on apologetics, either. Still, I really like Tim Keller. I don’t agree with everything he says, but there is much to learn from this seasoned pastor and author.Making Sense of God is an apologetic (hence the subtitle An Invitation to the Skeptical). Like I said, I’m not big on apologetics, but Keller’s approach is very generous and – like his other books – a pleasure to read. Whatever else one can argue about Keller, he’s a fantastic [...]

    2. I've joked for a long time with my believing friends that if anyone could bring me back to Christian faith, it'd be Tim Keller. While I still believed, no one did more to shape my worldview or open me up to further theological, cultural or philosophical exploration than he did. With this book—alongside some other extenuating experiences and realizations I've been having lately—I think I've truly regained some semblance of the faith I once had. Caveat: it's far more cautious, questioning and [...]

    3. This book is such an encouragement to me as a believer to remember the riches we have in Christ, and that the Christian view of reality "makes the most sense emotionally, culturally, and rationally". Keller has a gentle, compelling way of communicating some profound truths as he takes the reader through six things we cannot live without and shows the beautiful way that these needs are only met fully and coherently in Christianity. Highly recommended for everyone.

    4. I think Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical is Keller's best work yet. He has gone on record stating that Making Sense of God is a sort of prequel to his best selling The Reason for God. The reason he gives for such a prequel is that he felt the need to offer a well-reasoned position as to why people might (or could) be motivated to consider a reasoning for God in the first place. In other words, why should we care about bringing the question of God into the picture in the first [...]

    5. The book is less about apologetics than I expected, although that element is still featured. Generally, the book was "up and down" for me. Some chapters were pretty interesting and others were much less so. For me, the good parts were chapters on 1) whether it's ok to do anything you want as long as it doesn't hurt anybody, 2) whether a secular viewpoint can explain how man can be a moral animal with a conscience, 3) the author's conception of what heaven is like, and 4) the ending epilogue on w [...]

    6. Good stuff. Not much that is new.Keller in so many ways serves as a gateway into high-level philosophers, cultural critics, and theologians. Perhaps his greatest gift as an author is making the ideas of these thought leaders accessible. This book is inherently very narrow in its focus - it is written for the skeptical, educated, urbane cosmopolitan personwhich is Keller's mission field.Huge portions of it will not be very relevant to someone not in that world, however. Very good for me to read a [...]

    7. Tim Keller continues his run of well-researched and readable books for the seeker with an inquiring mind with this “prequel” to his excellent book “A Reason for God”. This book is a prequel because it addresses and challenges many of the background beliefs that shape the secular world view, often without overt acknowledgement, that lurk behind the given explicit reasons for “not God”. Such background beliefs may keep secularists from even considering the Christian faith. The pity is [...]

    8. Highest rating and recommendation. Not sure it would convince the most skeptical of skeptics, but the rational, well-laid-out arguments will surely nudge some. Maybe more importantly, it can help believers to explain to skeptics why we believe what we do. Worthy of multiple readings (hence the 5 star rating).

    9. This book contains what I find to be the most compelling arguments for a worldview that includes the God of the Bible. It spurred me on in my faith and I will use it as a regular reference.

    10. Instead a book about making sense of God, this was more an invitation to skeptics to consider why intelligent people have found the Theistic worldview to make better sense of the big philosophical questions than a secular materialistic outlook does. Much of what he wrote seemed to be well articulated, and it resonated with me. Though I struggle with making sense of God, the bible and in a number of ways, I am a skeptic, I still personally find the Christian worldview to be far more satisfying th [...]

    11. This is basically Keller's "prequel" to The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. In it he points out that secularism is a set of beliefs just as much as faith us. But, unlike Christian faith, it is not rooted in anything bigger than itself; in fact, it cannot be. Nor is it neutral. It is a set of claims that must be compared with Christian faith to see which one "makes the most sense of our social experience and addresses the problems we face in living together" (215). Which is more l [...]

    12. Another outstanding work by Tim Keller, who, as many have already opined, is the most persuasive and well-informed defender of the Christian faith today. In his earlier book, "Reason for God," Keller attempted to answer the most frequent objections advanced today against the Christian faith. In this book, Keller shows how Christianity is best able to make sense of the universal questions that all human beings ask – is there meaning to this life? what is my identity as a human being? how can I [...]

    13. Keller is interviewed re: this "prequel" here. Related interview here. Andy Naselli provides a number of links here.

    14. Point: Every single individual lives a life based on a complex tangle of “experiences, faith, reasoning, and intuition.” Although the materialist or secularist can claim that belief in a God outside of space and time is unreasonable, that position is only tenable if the presupposition “God cannot exist” is there prior.Path: In three main parts, Keller patiently and systematically guides the reader through the reasonability of faith in God, and not just any God, but the God of the Bible. [...]

    15. Reading anything by Keller written with skeptics in mind is never a disappointment. What I like about him is that his approach to apologetics is hard to pin down. Is he an evidentialist? Is he a classical apologist? Is he a presuppositianalist? He’s all the above and more. He is this generation’s C.S. Lewis. What’s best of all is that he writes pastorally and practically from personal experience. I recommend this book to be read in conjunction with his other two apologetic books: ‘The Re [...]

    16. Keller masterfully takes the reader through six essentials to human life, without which it isn’t worth living - meaning, satisfaction, freedom, identity, hope and justice and clearly shows just how lacking secularism is. Not much time is actually given to the specific Biblical text but that isn’t the aim. I think this book fulfils it’s brief excellently, and the final chapters on the Christ of Christianity are brilliant. Certain earlier sections could perhaps be clearer, but not many can h [...]

    17. Plugged as an 'invitation to the skeptical' this book is equally useful to the believer. It gives a fortifying dose of reassurance that the faith you have is not irrational, unsustainable and illogical - despite what the sustained attack by so many in the Western political, academic, media and public spheres would have you believe.

    18. This is an excellent book, for both those who are trying to decide where they are in the world, in regard to religion, and for those who would like to have good arguments in favor of Christianity. I will be getting the hardcover because listening to it requires listening and I was having a hard time working at the same time.

    19. Do not pass on this book! Go on right now, buy it, and read it this summer. Keller offers one of the best critiques of secular humanism while simultaneously building a case for Christianity. No author has been able to bring such complex ideas to a readable level since C.S. Lewis.

    20. This will definitely be a re-read since I listened to the audiobook this time and I now need the physical book to do a ton of highlighting and note-taking.

    21. This book is for skeptics. Keller takes modern (or postmodern) thought and drills down to show the inherent inconsistencies and contradictions that are inherent in it. Then he presents the Christian alternative, while admitting that abuses have been committed by the church over the years. Ultimately, Christian faith looks more reasonable, and postmodernism looks more like a leap of presumption.

    22. This is an important book, and I hope that may people will read it. It's supposed to be a prequel to Keller's first blockbuster, The Reason for God. That book assumed that people were interested in Christianity but had doubts. This book doesn't assume that the reader is interested in Christianity per se. Instead, it is designed for someone who may be open to hearing a good argument for why they should consider God at all. Keller starts by showing that secular people (people of no religious faith [...]

    23. Simply, Keller's Making Sense is one of the most thoughtful, insightful, and powerful books I have read on Christ and the Christian faith. Keller does not write a typical Christian apologetics book which only addresses the intellectual arguments directed against the Christian faith. In *Making Sense of God,* Keller goes behind the rational debates and examines people's motives, emotional struggles, and heartful anxieties which prevent them from accepting Christ as Savior. Keller's writing is flu [...]

    24. The book "Making Sense of God" as the author states that the book that should have been written before "The Reason for God". I would like to state that I am a 23 year old (recently chose my denomination) Presbyterian traditional Christian. So Rev. Dr. Tim Keller is someone whom I deeply respect. The book is written for the people who are skpetical of "The Reason for God" and it truly is. Using from Kant and Dawkin/Hitchen's story (only mentioned for cases for atheists; not in details), Dr. Kelle [...]

    25. (Much of this is a direct quote. Most are undesignated.)Tim Keller didn’t direct this at Christians. It’s an education on differences between Christianity and other religions – mainly Modern Secularism, Postmodern Secularism and comments on others. These secularists claim no religion, only a sensible assessment of the nature of things, no absolute truth, and the only moral absolute is freedom and sins include mainly intolerance or bigotry.Of course, great secular minds cannot disprove a su [...]

    26. Modern day CS Lewis. That's what I thought of Tim Keller and this book confirms it! This is such a brilliantly written and well researched book. Keller talks about skepticism and secularism in post-modern era and how Christianity compares to those views.Drawing from hundreds of books and journal articles, Keller tackles secularism, modernism, and postmodernism from a wide variety of fields. It's really good to see a modern apologetical book that is written by someone who reads widely. Keller als [...]

    27. Tim Keller is solidifying his place as the C. S. Lewis of our generation. Although maybe less artistic than Lewis Keller does a fantastic job of speaking intelligently on a range of issues in language we can understand. This book is a prequel to his A Reason For God and is aimed directly at those who are skeptical of religion in general and Christianity in particular. It was a good reminder of a few things. First, that secular humanism rests on faith and can and should be challenged on this assu [...]

    28. For those skeptical about God and Christianity, this book is for you. There are a number of excellent reasons to consider. A key point for me, which I am a Christian, is who/what created the world. No matter if you believe in evolution or not, what started it all? Aristotle suggested it was God who was the prime mover. Another issue is what happens after death. If you assume that there's no afterlife and there happens to be, then you've missed out on that opportunity. Or, if you believe that the [...]

    29. This book is a masterpiece and it must become the standard book to pass onto searching or skeptical friends. Unlike the his book 'The Reason for God' he starts several steps back and spends the vast majority of the book laying the groundwork, challenging assumptions and building a persuasive case. In 11 years as a Christian this has to be the best Christian book I've ever read and that comes from someone who reads 40+ book per year. Bravo Mr Keller.

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