As my own father languishes in a nursing home with late stage Alzheimer’s and dementia doctors and loved ones ask, “Would your father really want to live this way?”  What they mean is, “This sickness is not the realization of your dad’s created meaning. It’s neat to see the ways this book generates good conversation and questions over different contexts. Wow, thanks so much for your comment, Connie! 1: Isn’t Religion Going Away? Peter, in 2 Peter 3:8, cautioned his readers not to let this one critical fact escape their notice—that God’s perspective on time is far different from mankind’s (Psalm 102:12, 24-27). Chapter three, “A Meaning That Suffering Can’t Take From You,” is coming up next week! This—THIS!—is what I see to be wrecking havoc on women’s ministry in the church today. In an earlier book, The Reason for God, the author made a case for Christianity; Making Sense of God starts further back, addressing people who strongly doubt that any version of religion or faith makes sense or has anything of value to offer the contemporary world. Thank you for your great blog with the summaries and questions on each chapter. We’re in chapter two of Tim Keller’s Making Sense of God this week. As to your question, that’s really a great one and unfortunately I don’t have a good answer. Following the success of Tremper Longman’s Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998), Blomberg, distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, wrote a complementary text on the New Testament. Conclusion: It may seem that Keller is saying that if science and reason are not as reliable as we think, then truth is unknowable and there’s no way to “weigh and evaluate such philosophical religious statements.” (53) But to the contrary, his point is “only that using demanding, demonstrable, unquestionable proof for them is inappropriate…Rather than unfairly asking only religious people to prove their views, we need to compare and contrast religious beliefs and their evidences with secular beliefs and theirs.” In other words, whether secular or religious, we all have beliefs that can’t be scientifically proven either way and that are taken in a measure of faith. I will post Part Two after our second meeting, which will be one month from now. Making Sense of God by Tim Keller: Our First Apologia in Colorado. 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. ... Study One. The book is chock full of endnotes and quotations by philosophers and academicians, as Keller states their view in their words. An index of all my posts in this series can be found HERE. Making Sense of God is strong at showcasing the problems of a materialistic worldview. 5 out of 5 stars; ... Making Sense of God shines a light on the profound value and importance of Christianity in our lives. Next week, we start part II of the book, where Keller will explore some specific aspects of life and how religion and Christianity speak to those issues. 1) God and Satan place a bet on Job. Christianity provides us with unsurpassed resources to meet these needs. In a sense, the marking of time is irrelevant to God because He transcends it. It’s been pretty difficult to synthesize all the info down and keep these posts to a reasonably easy-to-consume length. When we rightly order him first, we thrive. The problems that ensue from the reductionism of believing that the physical world is the totality of existence are a particular strength of Making Sense of God. The deadline and accountability of a meeting helps to push members through, while reading alone leads to the temptation to give up. We made it through six questions … Our inaugural book is Making Sense of God by Tim Keller. Ron carefully prepared 18 questions for us to dig in to the content of chapters 1-7, which I will post below. While I don’t have any sort of educated and definitive answer, off the top of my head I would say it might depend on a few things. Keller argues in this chapter that secularism actually involves “a set of faith beliefs,” or “highly contestable assumptions about the nature of proof and rationality itself.” He explores two main ideas to support his point: Keller goes on to make the case that our ideas of inherent human rights and our positive views of the body and of emotions all came from Judeo-Christian theology, not secular philosophy. There are many of the same values in Judaism though, which does predate Buddhism, so perhaps some of those values were well-known enough throughout the world at that time for there to be some overlap? . Is the New Testament historically reliable? We're in chapter two of Tim Keller's Making Sense of God this week. In this book he seeks to answer three questions. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Though I could mention so much more, I’ll close with a quote on identity, “If I am a Christian, I am who I am before God. This apparently con-flicting assertion is based on his understanding of God in four specific areas: (I) God is present and involved in our lives, even when He seems to be deaf or on an extended leave of absence, (2) God's timing is perfect, even when