Prominent pastor and theologian Timothy Keller has written a new book that targets skeptical people who have some serious questions about Christianity.
The book’s release comes amid claims that religion in America is burning out and dying, though Keller actually makes a starkly different argument: that secularism is, in fact, the theological worldview that’s poised to decline.
Keller, the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, released “Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical” on Tuesday — a book that “invites skeptics to consider that Christianity is more relevant now than ever,” according to an official description.
The pastor, who is widely known and respected for his oft-times deep theological analysis, told The Christian Post that, instead of arguing that Christianity is true — a claim he most certainly believes — he wants people to see how the faith system positively impacts the world.
“I’ve had people say ‘I don’t care if Christianity is true, it’s irrelevant to me,'” he said. “And I’m trying to say I want you to see what Christianity offers so that you would think, ‘Wow, if it really offers that it would be great if it were true.'”
Keller also spoke about the increase of the “nones” in America — those people who are either atheist, agnostic or unaffiliated with a faith cohort. But instead of embracing the fear that some have of changing demographics, he said he predicts that the share of secularists will actually decrease over time.
“In the past there was hardly anybody who was secular,” Keller told The Christian Post. “In the future there will be significant numbers of people who are secular more than have ever been in history.”
But he added an important caveat: Christianity and Islam are growing rapidly and that, over the next 25-45 years, the percentage of people who say that they’re secular will actually decrease overall across the globe.
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