20 Quotes from Tim Keller’s New Prequel to ‘The Reason for God’

Matt Smethurst | September 19, 2016


The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Tim Keller’s important new book, Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical (Viking) [interview | review]. Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the 20 quotes idea.


“To move from religion to secularism is not so much a loss of faith as a shift into a new set of beliefs and into a new community of faith, one that draws the lines between orthodoxy and heresy in different places.” (31) 

“The declaration that science is the only arbiter of truth is not itself a scientific finding. It is a belief.” (35)

“It is assumed, not proven, that a God beyond our reason could not exist—and therefore we conclude that he doesn’t exist. . . . Our background beliefs set up our conscious reasoning to fail to find sufficient evidence for God.” (37) 

“Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov sarcastically summarized the ethical reasoning of secular humanism like this: ‘Man descended from apes, therefore we must love one another.’ The second clause does not follow from the first. If it was natural for the strong to eat the weak in the past, why aren’t people allowed to do it now…


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