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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594483493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594483493
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God. Written for skeptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church. One of Keller's most provocative arguments is that all doubts, however skeptical and cynical they may seem, are really a set of alternate beliefs. Drawing on sources as diverse as 19th-century author Robert Louis Stevenson and contemporary New Testament theologian N.T. Wright, Keller attempts to deconstruct everyone he finds in his way, from the evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins to popular author Dan Brown. The first, shorter part of the book looks at popular arguments against God's existence, while the second builds on general arguments for God to culminate in a sharp focus on the redemptive work of God in Christ. Keller's condensed summaries of arguments for and against theism make the scope of the book overwhelming at times. Nonetheless, it should serve both as testimony to the author's encyclopedic learning and as a compelling overview of the current debate on faith for those who doubt and for those who want to re-evaluate what they believe, and why. (Feb. 14)
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"It is easy to understand [Timothy Keller's] appeal."
-The New York Times

"In a flood of bestsellers by skeptics and atheists...Keller stands out as an effective counterpoint and defender of the faith. The Reason for God makes a tight, accessible case for reasoned religious belief."
-The Washington Post

"It's a provocative premise, in pursuit of which Keller...takes on nonbelievers from evolutionary biologists to the recent rash of atheist authors."
-The Boston Globe

"Reverend Tim Keller [is] a Manhattan institution, one of those open urban secrets, like your favorite dim sum place, with a following so ardent and so fast-growing that he has never thought to advertise."
-New York magazine

"An intellectually compelling case for God."
-Publishers Weekly

"I thank God for him."
-Billy Graham

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As a young pastor, I often find Christian resources to be out of date and out of touch. Keller's intelligent, honest, thorough and well-written explanation of Christianity is THE BEST book I have ever read about why Christianity makes sense. A quick glance through the table of contents reveals that Keller is in touch with the questions that our generation is asking. Of course, there is no proof offered here, only evidence, logic and (compelling, I think) arguments. If you're a seeker or skeptic who would like to find a book that will explain why intelligent people can still believe in Jesus, this will be a great read for you. Or if you're like me, a Christian struggling for words to make your beliefs make sense in today's culture, then this will help immensely.
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By D Glover TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11 2009
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This book is engaging. In "The Reason for God", Tim Keller has written an intellectually stimulating and yet widely accessible defense of the Christian faith. Also, this book is refreshing for a number of reasons. First, Keller has gone out of his way to avoid most intramural debates and controversies (which may be taken as a weakness by some) that arise across denominational lines, choosing instead to put forward a reasoned defense of the universal, Trinitarian, Biblically centered Christian faith. In so doing, he draws on the best sources from a fairly wide range of Christian writers past and present, yet does so without sacrificing his Reformed Protestant convictions.

Secondly, Keller's intended audience being both genuine seekers after truth and believers who would like to grow in their own understanding, he avoids getting remotely close to the extremes of militant arrogance or squishy try-it-you'll-like-it approaches to advocating for the faith. Instead, he offers an honest, clear-headed, fair, well read and thoughtful conversation for those who are willing to think again about the assumptions they have been making (wrongly) about the Christian faith and therefore writing it off. Just as willing to answer the hard questions posed to Christians as he is to ask the hard questions of those who doubt and deny the faith, Keller has not assumed the rabid-pit-bull-with-a-megaphone tone of so many of today's new atheists in their attacks on Christianity. He is honest with those questioning the faith and he expects the same honestly as he questions right back.
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recently purchased this book for a study group. The group is diverse, however we are all in agreement this book is excellent!!! If you are unsure why you believe or what you believe, this book is an excellent choice. Intelligent and thought provoking!
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I read my first Tim Keller book, Counterfeit Gods, back in November. It's been a long time since I've been as convicted by a book as I was by that one; so when I finished it up, I decided I'd like to try another Keller book soon and settled on The Reason for God. I do occasionally have discussions with skeptics, after all, and I figured I could use some help.

Keller has written The Reason for God for both believers and skeptics. He wants all of us to examine why we believe the things we do. "Believers," he writes, "should acknowledge and wrestle with doubts--not only their own but their friends' and neighbors'.... Only if you struggle long and hard with objections to your faith will you be able to provide grounds for your beliefs to skeptics, including yourself, that are plausible rather than ridiculous or offensive." The same thing goes for the skeptic. Skeptics, really, are just people who believe in "a set of alternate beliefs," and it's only right and fair that the skeptic question his own belief system in the same way that he questions the belief system of Christianity. I'd call The Reason for God a tool to help us all accomplish this by examining both the common objections to Christianity and the positive reasons for the Christian faith.

The first half of this book is taken up with various problems skeptics have with Christianity, drawing from Keller's own real-life conversations with doubters. You've heard these objections before, too, I'm sure.

1. There Can't Be Just One True Religion
2. How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?
3. Christianity Is a Straitjacket
4. The Church Is Responsible for So Much Injustice
5. How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?
6. Science Has Disproved Christianity
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This was one of the books that helped me establish a foundation in Christian apologetics years ago. As one of the pioneers of modern urban ministry, Timothy Keller is very good at communicating Christian truth to an audience that is strongly influenced by the pervading post-modern, cultural relativist and skeptical milieu. He writes in a way that is very friendly, engaging and easy to follow, even among those who have never been churched and have little to no prior background knowledge of Christianity. At the same time, he communicates the truths of the Gospel with clarity and persuasiveness. He provides a solid case for why we as Christians are right to believe why we believe, and why non-Christians need to take the Christian message seriously.

Keller's approach to apologetics is multi-disciplinary. He makes good use of arguments and anecdotes from history, science, classical writings and good old fashioned logical reasoning. He does this in a way that disarms many of the difficult questions that too often stump Christians who are queried by their non-Christian friends. Although he comes from a Conservative Reformed standpoint, not everything that he states may be acceptable for Conservative Reformed Evangelicals (eg. his tendency towards theistic evolution). On the whole, however, this does not majorly impact the main thrust of his work, and positive far outweighs the negative in this case.

For these reasons, The Reason for God an ideal book for people of almost any religious background, whether they are Christians, Atheists or adherents of other world religions. It is also ideal reading for any age group, although I would especially recommend this book to those youths who are in college/university or in their final years of high school.
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