Recently Tim Keller was interviewed by Nicholas Kristof for the New York Times. It was published with the title, “Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?” In the interview, Kristof expresses his doubt regarding the virgin birth, miracles, and the resurrection, then asks Keller, “Can I be a Christian while doubting the Resurrection?” Keller’s answer: “In general, if you don’t accept the Resurrection or other foundational beliefs as defined by the Apostles’ Creed, I’d say you are on the outside of the boundary.”
Keller’s responses to Kristof’s questions and doubts have stirred up quite a bit of debate. Pete Enns criticized Keller for failing to offer a properly pastoral response. Enns would have much rather seen Keller express understanding and welcome to Kristof’s doubts before drawing the boundary line. For Enns, Keller’s inadequate responses represent a larger problem.
“This post is not ‘against Keller’ but against what he represents here in this article: the inadequacy, even incapability, of mainstream Evangelicalism to address pressing questions of faith for our day; for giving answers that you have to be an Evangelical Christian to accept.”
You can read Pete Enns’ full blog post here: Tim Keller’s Pastorally Inadequate Responses to a Skeptic’s Questions
Not all have been so hard on Keller. You can read Scot McKnight’s defense of Keller here: Tim Keller Under the Eye