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Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters

Keller, Timothy

Confront the subtlety and subversion of idolatry with faith and hope. The heart is an idol factory, often making otherwise good things “ultimate.” Keller exposes the especially 21st Century characteristics of this error for what they really are - timeless marks of our sinful nature - and he points to Christ as the only worthy object of our worship.

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Sex, money, power, and love. So many of us have placed our faith in these glittering idols—hoping they hold the key to happiness and satisfaction, but knowing in our hearts they will only let us down. With the global economy in shambles, and the idols that we all as a society have worshiped for years crashing down around us, it is no wonder so many of us feel lost, alone, disenchanted, and resentful. But the truth is that these idols were lesser gods that could never give us true fulfillment. There is only one God who can wholly satisfy our cravings—and now is the perfect time to meet him again, or for the first time.

In Timothy Keller’s view, the Bible tells us that the human heart is an “idol-factory,” taking good, wholesome things and turning them into idols that drive us. With COUNTERFEIT GODS, Keller applies his trademark approach to understanding Christianity to show us how classic Biblical stories can reveal the key to understanding our society and own hearts. This powerful, inspiring book will cement Keller’s reputation as a leading Christian writer, for both the faithful and the skeptical, and it is a message that comes at a crucial time in our lives as individuals and as a society.

192 Pages
Published October 2009

About the Author

Dr. Timothy Keller opened Redeemer Presbyterian church in Manhattan in 1989. After receiving a doctorate in ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary in the 1970’s, Dr. Keller was a part time Professor of Practical Theology. He then formed Redeemer in New York City, where he lives with his wife, Kathy, and three sons.

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