Category Archives: Truth

comfort zone

Staying in your comfort zone is a tool of oppression.

Ana Marie Cox, on The Hilarious World of Depression,
Episode #PLACEBO, May 5, 2017

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we should debate belief systems

Rather than unfairly asking only religious people to prove their views, we need to compare and contrast religious beliefs and their evidences with secular beliefs and theirs. We can and should argue about which beliefs account for what we see and experience in the world. We can and should debate the inner logical consistency of belief systems, asking whether they support or contradict one another. We can and should consult our deepest intuitions.

Timothy Keller, Making Sense of God, page 53


christianity laid the foundation for modern science

These new [Christian] views of the importance of the body and the material world laid the foundation for the rise of modern science. The material world was no longer understood as an illusion or simply something to be spiritually transcended. Nor was it just an incomprehensible mystery but, according to the Bible, it was the creation of a personal, rational being. Therefore it could be studied and understood by other personal, rational beings.

Timothy Keller, Making Sense of God, page 45


question

Why do we never get an answer
When we’re knocking at the door?
Because the truth is hard to swallow
That’s what the war of love is for

I’m looking for someone to change my life
I’m looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it’s done to me
To lose the love I knew
Could safely lead me through

Justin Hayward, The Moody Blues, Question, 1970


I want so badly to believe that “there is truth, that love is real”

The Postal Service, Clark Gable, 2003.


human rights was based on biblical idea

Christianity provided not merely a general idea of equality but also the resources for an understanding of “natural” human rights. Who ever came up with the idea that a human being had “rights” not granted by the state and that could be appealed to against the state? Where did the thought come from that some things are owed to all persons, regardless of their social status, gifts, or abilities, just by virtue of their being human? While it is popularly thought that human rights were the creation of modern secularism over and against the oppressiveness of religion, the reality is that this concept arose not in the East but in the West, and not after the Enlightenment but within medieval Christendom. As Horkheimer in the 1940s and Martin Luther King Jr, in the 1960s recognized, the idea of human rights was based on the biblical idea of all people being created in God’s image.

Timothy Keller, Making Sense of God, page 44
quoting Brian Tierney


confidence in our own intellect

Charles Taylor explains why modern people are far more likely to lose their faith over suffering than those in times past. He says it is because, culturally, our belief and confidence in the powers of our own intellect have changed. Ancient people did not assume that the human mind had enough wisdom to sin in judgment on how an infinite God was disposing of things. In it only in modern times that we get “the certainty that we have all the elements we need to carry out a trial of God.” Only when this background belief in the sufficiency of our own reason shifted did the presence of evil in the world seem to be an argument against the existence of God.

Timothy Keller, Making Sense of God, pages 37.


religion does not decline

One writer in the Times of London … concluded that “secularism and milder forms of religion will win in the long run.”

Many people have a great investment in this account of things. Sociologists Peter Berger and Grace Davie report that “most sociologists of religion now agree that the secularization thesis–that religion declines as a society becomes more modern–”has been emphatically shown to be false.”

Timothy Keller, Making Sense of God, p.24


giving is a loud, rebellious statement

Generosity is not a rule to be followed. It isn’t a nice ethic to live by. It’s a declaration about the way things actually work. The world is not closed, and God’s resources are not scarce or limited. They are abundant. . . So we distribute. We bring in to give out.

Choosing to give generously is a loud, rebellious statement to the world that God can be trusted.

Jason Mitchell, No Easy Jesus, p.160


redeeming our pain

The easy Jesus, we think, is supposed to deliver us from our pain – relieving it.

But the real Jesus leads us through the pain – redeeming it. He causes good to appear where once there was only despair.

But here’s what it also means: We will never experience the redemption of our pain unless we are first willing to follow Jesus through it.

Jason Mitchell, No Easy Jesus, p. 88