Tim Keller on the Laura Ingraham Show

Today, Tim Keller was interviewed on the Laura Ingraham Show about his newest book The Reason for God. I only picked up the conversation towards the end so I will have to go back and listen to the podcast. I usually enjoy her show when she engages politics and such although sometimes that stuff just wears me out. She wears me out in her talk about the Pope, mass, confession, etc.

Laura asked Dr. Keller about the pope’s book Jesus of Nazareth and he said he appreciated some aspects of it as I recall. She was mentioning common Christian themes and such. I was waiting for Dr. Keller to bring up the Gospel vs. Rome’s teaching in some respectful manner. Maybe the way John MacArthur and Al Mohler do when they are on Larry King Live or something. I know that it wouldn’t be the easiest thing to do being a guest and all. Actually, it seemed that Dr. Keller wasn’t as comfortable as he could have been. I might be wrong in this, but I seemed to hear an uneasiness in his voice.

Right at the end Laura said something about our disagreements adding, “we all believe in the same basics.” In a sense that is true, yet in another, not true, for it’s the very basics of the Gospel which we disagree.

So from a protestant or evangelical perspective how would you have talked with Laura about the Gospel, commonalities and differences? Should the reaction be different if Laura weren’t Roman Catholic but Jewish or Muslim?

Which brings me to this book.

While I don’t know yet if this book directly addresses Rome I imagine it is in some way applicable.

This book is a broadside against “new” versions of evangelicalism as well as a call to return to the historic faith, one defined by Reformation solas (grace, faith, and scripture alone), and to a reverence for doctrine.

I believe this type of courage to be protestant is lacking today. This book is at a great price to buy right now for only $16 which I plan on picking up.


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1 Ken Temple April 26, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Difficult to do in a radio show with such a short time.

There must be a way to affirm the moral/cultural things we agree on and appreciation for her and other RCs in the public square (Sean Hannity, Bill Bennett, Bill O’Reily) and the doctrines of the Trinity, etc. and yet ask a question on what is the gospel in a way that would get her and the audience to think.

After my long debates on Penal Substitution/ Atonement; (with RCs at Dave Armstrong’s site; Open Forum )

I may start asking why did Jesus say, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” on the cross? or What does propitiation mean? Romans 3:25-26; I John 2:2; 4:10

Why is God not angry with believer’s anymore?
Romans 8:1; 5:1-11

What does the cross mean to you?

What is the essence of the gospel?

What is true freedom? John 8:31-32

What does Jesus say about the human condition? John 8:34 (the will is in bondage to sin)

2 Ken Temple April 26, 2008 at 1:29 pm


see the open forum and debates I have been having with Roman Catholics over Penal Substitutionary Atonement; the satisfaction of God’s wrath against sin.

3 Ken Temple April 26, 2008 at 1:32 pm


See the Open Forum for debate on Penal Substitution Atonement


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