Tim Keller on His Influences

Timothy  Keller is an American author, speaker, and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in New York City, New York.   Timothy is the author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.

He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. However, he learned the most from his nine years as a pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in the small blue-collar town of Hopewell, Virginia. The congregation there loved him, suffered through his earliest days as a pastor, and taught an intellectual northerner to be clear.  His second church was Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.

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Question: Do you take from the teachings of other faiths?

Keller:    I think it would be better to say I refer and cite to all kinds of references.  Paul when he was preaching on Mars Hill, this is Acts 17, he’s preaching to the philosophers, he quoted Greek philosophers.  He quoted Pagan philosophers when we he was talking to pagans that’s not the same as to say he incorporated pagan elements into his message.  So I think I wouldn’t say I’m incorporating what other religions say as much as I’m citing them, referring to them, appreciating them in many cases contrasting Christianity with them for clarity sake, but, generally, not beating them up but not incorporating insights from other religions, not really.