Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sunday Quote: Tim Keller on Doubting Your Doubts - Apologetics 315

Brian Auten has posted a quote from Tim Keller about the fact that people should be just as willing to examine their doubts about Christianity as they are in demanding proof for why they should believe. I find the quote very appropriate given the number of instances of most atheists attempting to dodge the challenge of proving what they believe by saying that the burden of proof is on solely on the believer. They balk and backpedal saying that they are not making any claims as to what is real and what isn't real. To say that there is no God - no creator - and the Bible is wrong is making a claim about reality just as much as it is to say that the Bible is true, there is a God, and Jesus rose from the dead. Extraordinary claims requires extraordinary evidence is their mantra - except when it come time to show that they right. Here is what Tim Keller said:

"The only way to doubt Christianity rightly and fairly is to discern the alternate belief under each of your doubts and then 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. My thesis is that if you come to recognize the beliefs on which your doubts about Christianity are based, and if you seek as much proof for those beliefs as you seek from Christians for theirs – you will discover that your doubts are not as solid as they first appeared."

- Tim Keller, The Reason for God, pg. xix

Sunday Quote: Tim Keller on Doubting Your Doubts - Apologetics 315
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