I’m just about to delve into these two books, one that we picked up several weeks ago and one that we just got earlier today.
This one is by Dr. Tim Keller, Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He was invited to Google Headquarters a while back for an interview, known as Authors @ Google having to do with this book. If you have some time (it’s a pretty long video) watch this video. There are some really great questions and I think some pretty decent answers. Tim is extremely humble, good natured and funny in his responses. UPDATE! I just started reading this tonight and am already really enjoying it. He challenges both believers and unbelievers to do some things that will probably make them feel vulnerable and somewhat unprotected by whatever shells they may have constructed but will ultimately lead to more productive dialogue and better understandings of ourselves. To the believer he says this,
“A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe what they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.
Believers should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts — not only their own but their friends’ and neighbors’.”
And to the skeptic or the unbeliever he says,
“All doubts however skeptical and cynical they may seem, are really a set of alternate beliefs. You cannot doubt Belief A except for a position of faith in Belief B….. The only way to doubt Christianity rightly and fairly is to discern the alternate belief under each of your doubts and then to ask yourself what reasons you have for believing it. How do you know your belief is true? It would be inconsistent to require more justification for Christian belief than you do for your own, but that is frequently what happens. In fairness you must doubt your doubts.”
This one is by David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons. It is sure to be a provocative and searching, possibly painful look at what the church is, what it should be and what needs to be done in order to bridge that gap. Should be very interesting. Here’s a quick interview on CNN Headline News with one of the authors of the book, Gabe Lyons.