The Reason for God

Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Timothy Keller

Chapter 1: There Can't Be Just One True Religion

Doubt: Christianity’s perceived exclusivity is perhaps THE stumbling block

  • All religions can’t be right about the nature of God
  • Religious exclusivity is a force for conflict in the world

Civic and cultural leaders invoke three approaches to religion

  • Outlaw it – Russia, China, Cambodia, Nazi Germany
    • The late 19th century believed religion was going to die out anyway
    • But efforts to suppress it have generally made it only that much stronger
  • Condemn it – discredit and discourage it via education and argument
    • All major religions are equally valid and basically teach the same thing
    • Of course the assertion that doctrines don’t matter is itself a doctrine!
    • Each religion sees part of spiritual truth, but none can see the whole truth
    • But how could you possibly know that unless you yourself could see the whole truth that you just claimed no one can know?
  • Keep religion completely private.
Religious belief is too culturally and historically conditioned to be “truth” Keller used to hear all religions were equally true – now hears they are equally false! This is a form of relativism, but we now understand that “Relativism relativizes itself!” as in “All claims about religions are historically conditioned except this one!”

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