Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World

Making Sense of God: Finding God in the Modern World

by Timothy Keller


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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 more 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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ISBN-13: 9780143108702
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 177,724
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 5.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. He is the author of God's Wisdom for Navigating Life, Hidden Christmas, The Songs of Jesus, and The Meaning of Marriage, among others, including the perennial bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.

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Table of Contents

Preface The Faith of the Secular 1

Part 1 Why Does Anyone Need Religion?

1 Isn't Religion Going Away? 9

2 Isn't Religion Based on Faith and Secularism on Evidence? 29

Part 2 Religion is More than you Think it is

3 A Meaning That Suffering Can't Take from You 57

4 A Satisfaction That Is Not Based on Circumstances 77

5 Why Can't I Be Free to Live as I See Fit, as Long as I Don't Harm Anyone? 97

6 The Problem of the Self 118

7 An Identity That Doesn't Crush You or Exclude Others 133

8 A Hope That Can Face Anything 152

9 The Problem of Morals 176

10 A Justice That Does Not Create New Oppressors 193

Part 3 Christianity Makes Sense

11 Is It Reasonable to Believe in God? 215

12 Is It Reasonable to Believe in Christianity? 228

Epilogue Only in God 247

Acknowledgments 255

Notes 257

Further Reading 327

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