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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
Christians who want their beliefs confirmed, or those who are on the fence but are more inclined toward being convinced.
Would you ever listen to anything by Timothy Keller again?
Yes. I have also read The Reason for God.
Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I think so. He sounded familiar. He has a very soothing, calm voice.
Any additional comments?
The moral argument comes up over and over in this book, but Keller's arguments do not really address the better thought out counter arguments. Instead, they beg the question.
The best example of this is the final chapter of the book, where Keller basically tries to make the case that morality cannot be defended rationally on the basis of self interest.
But wait... does that mean morality is irrational? He stops short of saying that outright, but it is what this type of argument implies.
Actually, Keller does not really attempt to refute the rational arguments for morality. Instead, what Keller argues is the empirical case that most people will not choose to be moral when given only rational, intellectual arguments for morality. Essentially, that people are too self-interested to be self-interested(!)
But this says nothing about the actual philosophical status of morality or the existence of God. This is just a way of saying that people are short-sighted and not generally insightful enough to grasp that morality actually is in their self interest!
This is something that Keller and I can probably agree on. But it is not a sound argument for God or against a rational understanding of morality. It is merely an argument about human psychology and what drives people.
It is easy to imagine that humans have developed ideas, creeds, and emotional responses that help us cooperate and behave in ways that are rational and mutually beneficial where our intellect and short-sightedness would otherwise fail us. But this does not imply that morality cannot be explained without a god.
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A different narator would be my opinion for Keller's books my suggestions would be T.Keller, Kate Reading, Grove Gardener, William Neenam, Ralph Lister. Any of the above I think would be great!
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