We cannot trust what our cognitive faculties tell us about physical origins, regularity, beauty and meaning. I like that idea of writing sins next to Psalm 51. Chapter Three: Christianity Is a Straitjacket, Chapter Four: The Church Is Responsible for So Much Injustice. And he is right. God’s daily mercy, guidance & blessings. I was once a self-absorbed, destructive, insensitive, purposeless sinner. It is all too easy to focus on the physical world, but we must deliberately choose to look on God and thereby growing in the things of the Spirit. Keller refers to St. Augustine’s argument that human desires – and especially, desires that cannot be completely fulfilled – are clues to the reality of God. Christmas Concert: organizing committee, Sis Sally Teng, choir & instrumental groups; Speaker: Ps Ki. The philosopher Alvin Plantinga did not believe that there was one argument that would be convincing to all rational people. i loved this: I wanted answers and for Him to make the struggles go away. When during a dark time I cried out at Him in anger, He responded with so much tenderness, orchestrated my move to southern CA, and showed me so much of HIs beauty reflected in nature. How often we forget that God is here; that He is not only present when we are aware of His presence or when we communicate with Him. I too have always just believed, though I too am guilty of not always living as one who believes. vivienne - 2010 psalm 51 is covered with notes in my bible as i write my sins there. God is like a playwright: he created our world, but exists beyond it, and while the world provides us with clues to his existence, worldly evidence can no more prove God than the contents of Hamlet's attic could prove Shakespeare to a skeptical Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. I simply can’t ignore the existence of God and His creation, especially when I walk outdoors. And he proceeds to lay out a series of clues – “divine fingerprints” – that point to the existence of God. But we need not bear this load. You and I long for something higher, something greater. How often this happens without us even realising that we have lapsed into complacency, and even apathy or indifference. co-sleeping, why we do it. our religious inclinations are unreliable and only present because they somehow helped our ancestors survive – then we should not trust those faculties in any area. Those who argue against the existence of God go right on using induction, language, and their cognitive faculties, all of which make far more sense in a universe in which a God has created and supports them all by his power. 13. I’ve SO been there too, doubting God’s forgiveness and His love. I have a cousin who was once very active in her church and supposedly loved the Lord, but somewhere along the way she decided it wasn’t real, that God is not real. And while there is no proof that these many universes exist, there is also no proof that they do not. Beauty in nature and the innocence of children is probably the one area I see God best. He wanted to “win Christ” (vs. 8) and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (vs. 14). I can look back over my journals and see how God came forward and helped me in times of need. Not just once but, several times, many times. I write in my Bible, too. When Paul says in verse 12 that he “follows after,” he is saying he vigorously pursues to overtake. There are clues for God but not proofs for God. 4. I think another “clue” that has led me to a deeper level of faith is my experience with adoption. As for literary context, per Fee and Stuart, Chapters 1-3 set the stage and introduce the key characters, John, Christ, the church. In this chapter, Tozer comments on the sacred-secular argument by saying Christians often divide their lives into two departments - one for sacred acts such as prayer, Bible reading, church attendance etc. 15. My clues are of the heart. Note that this cultivation may take time and action. A "strong rationalism" proof of God is impossible because we can never achieve the necessary impartiality. gawsh. It’s such a personal thing. Though the secular view of the world is rationally possible, it doesn't make as much sense of all these things as the view that God exists. Put all these clues together, and you have a picture of the world that Christianity can explain better than any competing theory--not a "strong rational" proof, but a "critical rational" one. Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical, is a prequel to The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. It is increasingly understood that modern science arose, not out of freeing people from the oppression of the church's unscientific positions, but from religious people who believed that God created and sustained an orderly universe. Sorry, I was too late to link up. I completely agree with the adoption clue Amy! I guess, you are there when you need them too but don’t you feel funny asking a friend for something (help) when you haven’t spoken to them in a while. and the other of day-to-day activities such as sleeping, eating, working and so on. God blessed him for his pureness in heart in seeking after the will of God and obeying Him (Gen 22:16-18). Maybe because I was never really interested in science, God’s existence was never really a question. The Reason for God – Chapter Eight: The Clues of God “How can we believe in Christianity if we don’t even know whether God exists?” asks author Timothy Keller at the beginning of chapter eight. And allow Him to answer in His timing and in His way. 10. “All scientific, inductive reasoning is based on the assumption of the regularity (the “laws”) of nature, that water will boil tomorrow under the identical conditions of today… Without inductive reasoning we couldn’t learn from experience, we couldn’t use language, we couldn’t rely on our memories,” begins Keller. And yet, here we are. Because I don’t think I ever believed that God did not exist. 27:8), which is also a gift from God. The key claim is that belief in God is hardwired into our physiology because it was directly or indirectly associated with traits that helped our ancestors adapt to their environment. He believes that there are rational arguments for the Christian God, but before going into detail about them, feels that he needs to answer two questions: "Which Christianity?" ", With respect to the first question, Keller acknowledges that there are wide doctrinal differences between Christian denominations, but wants us to focus on the things these denominations have in common. Chapter Six: Science Has Disproved Christianity, Chapter Seven: You Can't Take the Bible Literally, Chapter Twelve: The (True) Story of the Cross, Chapter Thirteen: The Reality of the Resurrection, teaching or studying The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.

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