- Is skepticism or faith in ascendancy in the world today? Yes!
- Skepticism, fear and anger toward religion is growing.
- Robust orthodox belief in traditional faith is also growing.
- In short, the world is polarizing over religion.
- But the received wisdom of the last generation is failing.
- That technological advance brings inevitable secularization is being rethought.
- Even Europe’s slide has moderated – though religious growth may be Islamic!
- So how can we move forward?
- Keller recommends that each side reevaluate doubt.
- Belief without doubt is like a human body without antibodies – open to attack
- Skeptics must learn to look for faith hidden in their reasoning
- All doubts, no matter how skeptical, are really a set of alternate beliefs
- “Everyone should determine moral truth for him or herself.” A faith statement.
- Keller commends two processes to his readers.
- Skeptics confront the unexamined “blind faith” on which their doubts are based.
- Believers confront their personal and their culture’s doubts about their faith.
- Only when we can represent the other’s arguments in its strongest and most positive form is it. safe and fair to disagree with it.
Part I – The Leap of Doubt (reasons to not disbelieve)
- There Can’t be Just One True Religion.
- How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?
- Christianity is a Straightjacket.
- The Church is Responsible for So Much Injustice.
- How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?
- Science Has Disproved Christianity.
- You Can’t Take the Bible Literally.
Part II – The Reasons for Faith (reasons to believe)
- The Clues of God
- The Knowledge of God
- The Problem of Sin
- The (True) Story of the Cross
- The Reality of the Resurrection
- The Dance of God
Epilogue – Where Do We Go from Here?