How to Respond to Objections Toward Christianity with Grace

12 Sep

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Here’s a helpful response by Tim Keller regarding some of the concerns that people had in the video about the eternal destiny of those who don’t place their trust in Christ.

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Here’s an hour and a half video of Tim Keller being interviewed by Martin Bashir in his characteristic no-BS style in a forum presented by Veritas. He asks Keller a series of tough questions, not allowing him to “get away” with short, pithy statements.

But through it all, by God’s grace, Keller demonstrates a level of patience, grace and winsomeness that I have yet to see in people who “defend the faith.”

And to add to the interview by Martin Bashir, during the Q&A session afterwards, the moderator David Eisenbach (who is an atheist) presses Keller even further. Again, by God’s grace, Keller responds with a high level of charity. Here’s the video (and below it, a list of times and questions provided by Justin Taylor).

Q&A with Martin Barshir

0:18 – Why did you write Reason for God now?
2:22 – Are faith and reason contradictory?
5:35 – Is God just a projection of our cultural circumstances?
9:10 – Is belief in God a mental defect?
11:39 – Is it narrow to believe in one God? Is everyone else going to hell?
18:30 – Is the Bible trustworthy?
23:59 – What about the behavior of so-called Christians?
30:33 – Are you resolutely convinced today that Christianity is true?

Q&A moderated by David Eisenbach

35:25 – How could God allow evil and suffering?
44:04 – Is there any reason to believe in God in a chaotic world?
45:48 – Does giving a reason for faith undermine its value?
48:49 – Does it take faith to be an atheist?
50:48 – What does Christianity have against homosexuals? Are they going to hell?
57:29 – Why is Christianity so exclusive?
1:03:58 – What do you believe about politics?
1:11:25 – How do you get to heaven?
1:13:13 – Why would God make people who sin?
1:16:58 – Why did God put that tree in the Garden of Eden to begin with?
1:199:34 – What happened for you to have so much peace?

[HT: JT]

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