Reading Room

What is the Reading Room?

The Reading Room is a once-a-month Book Club for sceptics or anyone exploring the Christian God. We explore some of the most frequently asked questions on Religion and God through a book “The Reason for God”. 

Each session starts at 8pm and we spend one hour or so discussing one chapter from the book. You get to air your views and listen to others on their viewpoints of these topics. The formal time ends at 9.30pm and thereafter, people stay back to continue informal chats and discussion over wine and cheese. 

Book: The Reason for God

“The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” is a New York Times’ bestselling. The author, Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one.

Interested?

To join these sessions or to find out more, please contact us at crossingbookclub@gmail.com

Details

"Science has disproved Christianity."

5 Jan 2024, Friday, 8-9:30pm

If the miraculous is foundational to Christian faith, how then can the modern rational mind subscribe to it at all? How far does scientific proof and understanding take us, and how might we unpack the apparent conflict between science and religion?

"You can't take the Bible literally."

2 Feb 2024, Friday, 8-9:30pm

For an ancient text penned by multiple human authors across multiple centuries, how can the bible be trusted as a historical or cultural authoritative source? How are we to believe its account of detailed events, much less take on its teachings as a way of life?

"Can there just be one true religion?"

1 Mar 2024, Friday, 8-9:30pm

In an age where we justifiably seek to understand and empathise with multiple and diverse perspectives, is there still a place for objective black-and-white truth? Where is the line between conviction and arrogance, and where do the claims of Christianity and religion in general sit within this spectrum?

"How can a good God allow suffering?"

5 Apr 2024, Friday, 8-9:30pm

If he truly existed, why would a good and all-powerful God not simply put right all the wrongs that plague this world? Can any religion provide both an intellectually honest and emotionally satisfying answer to the persistent and deeply personal problem of pain?

"Is Christianity a straitjacket?"

3 May 2024, Friday, 8-9:30pm

In a world where individual freedom is held as essential for one to survive and thrive, why be subject to the seemingly archaic confines of a system of faith? What exactly does freedom and purpose look like in the context of Christian belief?