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on 10 September 2013
I admit that I love writings and sermons of Tim Keller. After reading scholarly books where they used language only understood by the ivory tower academics, writing about every minor thing in the Bible, apart from the gospel. It was actually Keller who first explained the gospel to me in words I could understand. I will always thank God for him! Once I understood the gospel explained by Keller, I could have moved on to writers recommended by Keller like Luther, Calvin or Edwards.
This book is to me a way of trying to pick holes in Keller's teachings, which may have its place, but I think that it may also be a way of attempting to be noticed by these scholars. Hardly anyone knows them and they have not written many books, so hey why not to make a book about Keller when so many people read him. Maybe then people will notice us. I wouldn't say they are only straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel, but this is a case in many instances in this book. Good thing about this book is that it reminded us that no one's doctrine is 100% perfect. If books were written about the scholars who are 'engaging' with Keller in this book, and every sentence they have ever written was scrutinized, I am sure they could find many errors in each others works too. I don't agree with Keller in everything (eg. in regards to theistic evolution, or 'Trinity dance', or some of C.S Lewis's quotes- though I heard Keller himself saying that he doesn't agree with him in many things as he is not reformed and he errs in many ways). But I don't think one has to focus so much on details and 'engage' in those issues. I am aware that the scholars make a living out of it but so many in this world have not heard the simple good news about Jesus Christ, the explanation why Jesus had come, suffered and died and what are the implications of it for us today. Simply nobody explained to them the meaning of the gospel. Yes, we can 'engage' in debates, I myself love debates -though think they are very easy and comfortable comparing to preaching the gospel and serving others. But unfortunately I have not seen many people being brought to the kingdom of God by this kind 'engaging' with others and by Keller's work many are already in it. Though I don't agree with many things in this book it is still worth reading.