Engaging With Keller

engaging kellerMany now regard only one aspect of criticism, that of the expression of disapproval or hostility. There is, however, a second aspect that is equally important: the friendly analysis and judgment of the merits and faults of a project. This volume is fundamentally a critical work in the second sense. Tim Keller’s teaching is as influential as it is persuasive and winsome. Thus, even if one does not agree with all the criticisms, judgments, and conclusions this volume does the Reformed and evangelical worlds a service by helping us to think through important issues raised by an important figure.

Table of Contents:

  • D. G. Hart—Looking for Communion in All the Wrong Places: Keller and the doctrine of the church
  • Iain D. Campbell—Keller on ‘Rebranding’ the Doctrine of Sin (Iain D. Campbell)
  • William M. Schweitzer—’Brimstone-Free Hell’: a new way of saying the same old thing about judgment and hell
  • Kevin J. Bidwell—Losing the Dance: is the ‘divine dance’ a good explanation of the Trinity?
  • Peter J. Naylor—The Church’s Mission: sent to ‘do justice’ in the world?
  • C. Richard H. Holst—Timothy Keller’s Hermeneutic: an example for the church to follow?
  • William M. Schweitzer—’Not Quite’ Theistic Evolution: does Keller bridge the gap between creation and evolution?

(HT: Jeremy Walker)

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. At the PCA General Assembly last month, I had a few minutes to look over an advance copy of this book. Its tone is gracious and respectful. The discussions of Keller’s views appear to be carefully researched and fully documented. The critiques are very specific, and buttressed by biblical and confessional arguments. We need more books like this – substance without sniping. I can’t imagine anyone viewing this volume as a personal attack on Keller’s character, or his motives.

  2. Thanks, Scott and Frank. I have heard from some that, although Kindle is up, print copy availability is intermittent on Amazon. If so, you can order them directly from Matt Landheer at JPL Fulfillment: http://jplfulfillment.com/titles.html. Anyhow, I pray that the Lord would use the book to bring about a greater clarity in our proclamation of the whole counsel of God.

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