Some say Tim Keller is the C. S. Lewis of the 21st Century. The C. S. Lewis fan that I am frowns sceptically at remarks like this. Yet, it is intriguing.
It left me deeply impressed. Rest assured, Lewis still holds his special place in my heart. Keller’s writing is not nearly as elegant and eloquent. As a matter of fact he is not so much of a writer, more of a pastor and an apologist who wrote his thoughts down and compiled them in this book (and many others). I’m glad he did.
Keller is a Christian thinker.
Nope, not an oxymoron. He doesn’t pretend tough questions don’t exist, he doesn’t pretend serious doubts don’t exist. They do. So many of us as Christians (me included) dread questions and doubts. Why is that? Is our God threatened by them? Is our God that small?
Sometimes, when people learn that we’re Christians, they ask questions. About every single aspect of our faith, about every single mistake the Church has made, about every single thing they don’t understand about the universe, the human race or God. And, they expect us to be able to answer them.
Let me settle this once and for all. Most Christians won’t know the answer to all of your questions. Christians and Google Search are different this way.
Keller does try to answer some tough questions in his book: How could a good God allow suffering? How can you believe when the Church is responsible for so much injustice? How can you take the Bible literally?
He also tackles concepts that are puzzling to most unbelievers, and to quite a few believers, too: the sin, the cross, the resurection, etc.
In The Reason for God, Keller is saying, to believers and unbelievers alike: it is okay to doubt. But, by all means, doubt your doubts.
Alas, as much as I like reading books on apologetics, I’m not very good at reviewing them. But I will tell you that The Reason for God is one excellent book.
Before I finish this post, I’ll share just one of Keller’s thoughts:
Every doubt, therefore, is based on a leap of faith.
Do you read books on apologetics? Any particular one you liked? Any other thoughts, questions, doubts you’d like to share?