( Log Out /  Hi Kevin this is a great review! The arguments presented are well-crafted and are well-directed towards the heart of the matter. Please let me know your thoughts! When someone wrongs you, there is an indelible sense a debt has been incurred. Thanks! I find the reading a bit too heavy for laypeople, and it implicitly requires you to have some background knowledge on the discourse of atheism. Religious belief is too culturally and historically conditioned to be ‘truth’. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Maybe you could start with his 2006 The God Delusion, which received lots of critical acclaims. 105 from The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller The New York Times bestseller that makes “a tight, accessible case for reasoned religious belief” (Washington Post).Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Why does Christianity focus on Christ's death more than on His teaching? The Intermission section in the middle serves as a steady bridge between the two parts, so readers are aware of the connection between the two. I will follow your tips to read the prequel first . It’s almost like a question-answer setup. As with any other good series, I strongly recommend you to start with that first before reading The Reason for God (that makes the two of us). He puts the cherry on top with Where Do We Go from Here, which reminds the reader of what motives should be pursued after he/she discovers faith in Christ through the book. But doing so can be agony itself. Statistically speaking, he is my favourite author: I have five of his books sitting on my shelf, more than any other authors. I want to read this book too. The Reason for God Timothy Keller Chapter 12 The (True) Story of the Cross "I could accept Jesus as a martyr, an embodiment of sacrifice, and a divine teacher. So how can God be a God of love if He does not become personally involved in suffering? Keller tells of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and The Cost of Discipleship (1937). . Thanks for the nice weo, You are succesfully making me curious about this book too! (You must decrease so that they may increase!). The Reason for God ~ Chapter 12 ~ The (True) Story of the Cross Here is the summary from Stefanie's blog: “The primary symbol of Christianity has always been the cross,” begins Chapter Twelve. As long as you withhold forgiveness, you will be controlled by the offender. I bought this book during my “Great North America Shopping Spree”two years ago (you’ll see more books coming up), when I impetuously shopped for more than 20 books and more than half of which are still intact. His death on the cross was a great example to the world, but that there was anything like a mysterious or miraculous virtue in it, my heart could not accept." John Stott in "The Cross of Christ" writes that substitution is at the heart of the Christian message. In living out what Jesus had done for him, Bonhoeffer was free to do the same for others! The next review will be something on career development, so stay tuned! The outlawing or governmental control of religion has been... (read more from the Chapter One: There Can't Be Just One True Religion Summary), Get The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism from Amazon.com. Each religion teaches its followers that it is their religion that is the true religion. We recognize the sacrifice where there is something to sacrifice for. . Other strong reasons set forth by Keller in other chapters include the story of the Cross and the problem of sin. "My brother's burden which I must bear is not only his outward lot, his natural characteristics and gifts, but quite literally his sin. I like the confidence he displays; it’s as if he can already see how a person would feel after finishing the book. everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Reason for God. I have personally never read one but I know that Richard Dawkins is a strong proponent on atheism. Outlook: The next review will be on a business book. Making Sense of God was just released last month. This risks impacting you as much as the offender and may initiate retaliation. : can you have more business related books to review as I’m looking for good business and entrepreneurship books to read, Glad to hear you enjoy how I stylise my review . Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Imagine the difference between someone taking their own life as a token of their love for you vs. someone losing their life in an effort to save yours. How can a loving God send people to hell?. The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead. It is conventional wisdom that one of the largest barriers to world peace is religion. I’m guessing Keller wrote The Reason for God as a response to that (it was released in 2008). Chapter Three: Christianity Is a Straitjacket, Chapter Four: The Church Is Responsible for So Much Injustice. "I would catch a glimpse of the cross - an suddenly my heart would stand still. puts himself where we deserve to be.". And yes, they should be held accountable - but only after being forgiven. . How did I do? Keller divides the book into two big parts: The Leap of Doubt (Part I) and The Reasons for Faith (Part II). Reason ONE: Real Forgiveness Is Costly Suffering. Keller divides the book into two big parts: The Leap of Doubt (Part I) and The Reasons for Faith (Part II). This Study Guide consists of approximately 29 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - Chapter Six: Science Has Disproved Christianity, Chapter Seven: You Can't Take the Bible Literally, Chapter Twelve: The (True) Story of the Cross, Chapter Thirteen: The Reality of the Resurrection, teaching or studying The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. We . Timothy Keller – The Reason for God (Chapter 3) April 11, 2008 by Frank Gantz. ( Log Out /  Gandhi, An Autobiography. Some say it feels like a kind of "death" itself. We will continue to meet, covering one chapter per week, through … It deals with the problem of proving that Jesus did actually resurrect. I can go on to the other chapters, but let’s move to Part II. Or just those who are sorry for their wrongs? during the 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference). It’s called Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical. Most of the times he dissects these doubts and only spends the last quarter of a chapter to make his point that a certain proposition DOES NOT hold. Tolkien. I have never read a religious-related book or book review, so reading your post was a “first” for me, too Do you have any recommendations of what could I read about the discourse on atheism? Hello Georgi! I shall have no excuse; I can't say I didn't know. I however, like how the book is set up. When the evil is serious, forgiveness means bearing the cost - absorbing the debt yourself. There are only two options here. How could you possibly know that no religion can see the whole truth unless you yourself have the superior, comprehensive knowledge of spiritual reality you just claimed that none of the religions have? Mind you that the book does not solely revolve around Christian works or the Bible. Keep up the good work, Kev! The third chapter of Timothy Keller’s book is titled, Christianity Is a Straitjacket. If you insist that no one can determine which beliefs are right and wrong, why should we believe what you are saying? Hey there! Gandhi, An Autobiography. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Pearl and what it means. ( Log Out /  He was, of course, executed by the Nazi's just prior to the end of the war. Forgiveness is the Christ-like suffering which it is the Christian's duty to bear." Change ), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference, #2 – From New Recruit to High Flyer (Hugh Karseras). Lewis and J.R.R. Human forgiveness works this way because we unavoidably reflect the image of our Creator. On a panel about the major modern religions - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam - it was agreed that the major difference among them is the belief or lack of belief in Jesus Christ. put ourselves where only God deserves to be; God . I knew from the beginning, and I turned away." Maybe Keller was aware of this problem, and he has decided to write a prequel to this book. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Should it surprise us then that when God determined to forgive us, he went to the cross himself in the person of Jesus?