The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism Paperback – Aug 4 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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."
"I thank God for him."
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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.Read more ›
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
7.Read more ›
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Excellent arguments and responses for today's skeptical questions!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Very good. It has been very inspiring. Recommend as a great read. I was greatly encouraged to find how God is at work around the world.Published 2 months ago by Floyd
Thoroughly researched, well written and well argued. Just what I wanted to explore.Published 5 months ago by Dana Fedyna
Good, informative book for Christians to response gently and confidently to non-believers and those with sincere questions or objections about Christian beliefsPublished 9 months ago by Earle Forgues
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... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Luis Dizon
Interesting aproch had many the same discussions with my oldest boy. Good info for witnessing, this day in North America.Published 11 months ago by Richard Thompson