Wednesday 10 February 2010

Tim Keller on Apologetics

‘Tim Keller Reasons with America: A New York Pastor Explains Why he’s Taking his Ministry Model on the Road: Interview by Susan Wunderink’, Reformed Perspectives Magazine 12, 7 (2010).

This is a record of an old-ish interview with Tim Keller on issues related to his book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (New York: Dutton, 2008)… still worth reading.

Here are the questions and points put to him:

• Are the doubts that believers face the same as the doubts that unbelievers face?

• You reject marketing apologetics like, ‘Christianity is better than the alternatives, so choose Christianity.’ Why?

• Why have you avoided using arguments from intelligent design in your apologetics?

• Do you hear a lot of ‘I can’t believe in Christianity because I believe in science’?

• The recent Pew study talked about changing patterns of belief in America. Has that affected your apologetics ministry?

• Many Christians say that the rationality of Christians’ faith is not the obstacle for unbelievers; they reject Christianity because of what they see as bad behavior and toxic attitudes.

• What are the changes that you see for your ministry?

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