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The Church Must Love Through Word and Deed

Regardless of our political views, it is indisputable that millions of people who once looked to the government will now need service and aid from churches and other agencies.  The church will be forced by demographics to see what the Bible has always said.  Love cannot be only expressed through talk, but through word and deed (1 John 3:17).

–Timothy J. Keller
Ministries of Mercy (1997, p. 26)
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Jesus’ Response to Doubting Thomas

When Jesus confronted “doubting Thomas” he challenged him not to acquiese in doubt (“believe!”) and yet responded to his request for more evidence.
–Timothy Keller
The Reason for God (2008, p.xxiii)
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The Doubt of Moral Absolutes is a Leap of Faith

Some people say, “I don’t believe in Christianity because I can’t accept the existence of moral absolutes.  Everyone should determine moral truth for him- or herself.”  Is that a statement they can prove to someone who doesn’t share it?  No, it is a leap of faith, a deep belief that individual rights operate not only in the political sphere but also in the moral.  There is no empirical proof for such a position.  So the doubt (of moral absolutes) is a leap.
–Timothy Keller
The Reason for God (2008, p. xvii)
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Listen Patiently to Your Own Doubts

A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it.  People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic.  A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.

–Timothy Keller
The Reason for God (2008, p. xvii)
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The Culture Wars

The culture wars are taking a toll.  Emotions and rhetoric are intense, even hysterical.  Those who believe in God and Christianity are out to “impose their beliefs on the rest of us” and “turn back the clock” to a less enlightened time.  Those who don’t believe are “enemies of truth” and “purveyors of relativism and permissiveness.”  We don’t reason with the other side, we only denounce.

–Timothy Keller
The Reason for God (2008, p. xv)
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