The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

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The End of Faith. The God Delusion. God Is Not Great. Letter to a Christian Nation. Bestseller lists are filled with doubters. But what happens when you actually doubt your doubts?

Although a vocal minority continues to attack the Christian faith, for most Americans, faith is a large part of their lives: 86 percent of Americans refer to themselves as religious, and 75 perce...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published February 14th 2008 by Dutton (first published 2007)
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Paul
This is book three in my quest to find a good explanation of the Christian faith. Once again, I don't think this book is it. But in mitigation, I can now see that Christianity is so very very difficult to explain without drifting off into shimmery two-shakes-of-Four-Quartets-and-a-dash-of-Revelations language that my heart goes out to these guys who take on this task. Okay, my heart almost goes out to these guys.

Part One of this book is where TK challenges and in his own eyes overcomes seven ma...more
Josh Crews
I was converted from "educated" secularism in 2003. Every objection I had is addressed by this book for my background AND it's done by showing God in Jesus, and Jesus crucified.

When I became a Christian, 3 other books: the New Testament, The Case for Christ, and Desiring God were primary in my conversion. The Case for Christ proves the Resurrection as a historical event. The New Testament self-authenticates itself as God's Word and shines Jesus Christ out to the reader. Desiring God presents tha...more
Jori
Sitting across the table from a Christian friend, I find myself again and again shaking my head in wonder at our different paths, beliefs and motivations. There are differences between us that I suspect we both pray over in our own ways. Conversations sometimes reach a point where we can only look at each other from a distance as over a river raging with spring melt. We wish to bridge that gap and yet, often, cannot. Still, I want to be engaged in these differences. The antagonism between "sides...more
Paul
Tim Keller's The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (TRG, hereafter) is the result of the many questions about God and Christianity pastor Keller has received over the years during his time at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. Keller writes in a smooth, conversational tone. He addresses in clear language, 'real' questions from those who have crossed his path over the years, using every day examples to illustrate his points, and he does so with a pastoral heart (whi...more
Ty
Keller's book came recommended by virtually every thinking Christian I know, billed as the theological answer to recent mass-market agnosticism. Indeed there are many out there who have artfully defended a belief in the Christian God, but Keller does not meet the mark. The first half of his book, written for skeptics, is very soft on logical/rational arguments. His response to evolution (a whopping two and a half pages), for example, is to say that if you pin him down, he believes in the process...more
Lee
I didn't get this book to try to refute it. I was actually as excited to get it as I am with any non fiction book. The introduction was great and I thought it was going to be a good read. It's about 10 pages or so and I thought it was really well written.

Then starts the doubts and questions he has received and his reasoning against them. The questions are great ones that are very typical, so it's not like he's throwing himself softball questions. Another good point. To me a lot of these made sen...more
Dan Brent
There are much better texts on theology, ethics, belief in a god or gods. When compared to the well educated writings of Bonhoeffer, Kant, Satre, Anselm, Dawkins, Aquinas this book is woefully lacking. I might add, it read as you would expect a privileged and sheltered American new age preacher would write. Anything outside of his "expertise" is met with derision and ignorance. I would be shocked if this man ever saw a Mosque, Synagogue, Buddhist temple, let alone read the works of their major p...more
Jonathan

This non-fiction work by Timothy Keller, a noted pastor, was required reading for my last year of schooling. At my school Christian Education was compulsory and even despite my beliefs I found it a drag since most of what was discussed I already knew a lot about and was repetition. This book and the surrounding discussion was a cut above everything else we were looking at. This is because rather than merely looking at the Bible itself we looked at other belief systems and at apologetics, somethi...more
Jason
Fewer adjectives probably describe the present age better than polarized. Nowhere is this more evident than the struggle between secular modernism and traditional Christian faith. There are probably fewer people who have more understanding of the depth of that struggle and the difficulties in communicating across that polarized gap than Timothy Keller. Reason for God takes the approach that you communicate not between believers and unbelievers, but between believers and skeptics, for he argues e...more
Wade
This is an excellent book that addresses many of the common objections to Christianity today. First of all, Keller points out how common doubt is to the Christian faith and how so many people allow doubt to push them away from Christ. But, he points out that “a faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who go though life too busy or too indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless when tragedy strik...more
Karen L.
Oct 15, 2008 Karen L. rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Homeschool high schoolers
Recommended to Karen L. by: I think our friend Tim W.
This is a wonderful book for skeptics. Finally one you can give a friend and not be embarrassed about any overly didactic preaching. His skillful speaking abilities and knowledge come from years of pastoral experience at a large Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. His method of persuasion is gentle, pastoral, and a very "Socratic" approach. What I liked about Keller's way of handling the questions of skeptics, is he is highly respectful in his treatment of people who do not have faith, but have q...more
Barnabas Piper
While this was the book that made Keller famous (or famouser), it was distinctly different from his other books all of which I love. It is much more an apologetic and reasoned argument than it is sermonic. Keller is a great thinker and follows in the footsteps of Christian intellectuals like C.S. Lewis. I appreciated his calm, measured, and reasonable tone and arguments throughout the book. He makes it easy for readers to process his ideas without being attacked or bombarded. A very good book.
Ryan
Apr 30, 2012 Ryan rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Phil Meredith Julie Becky Lucas
Recommended to Ryan by: Grandview Public Library
I really enjoyed reading this book for a number of reasons, but primarily because it seems to fit the level of many of the conversations I've had with non-Christians. Although it is obviously written at a somewhat general level because it covers so many topics, I find it much more useful than books like Strobel's "Case for Christ" because it does a better job of acknowledging competing worldviews and philosophical viewpoints. That being said, this book is definitely not for everyone. Keller's co...more
Brent McCulley
This was the first book I read as a Christian - I mean - after I became born again in the summer of 2011, I picked up this book, which had been sitting on my shelf for the past four years collecting dust, and prayed over it: 'God, please teach me.' As a new believer - who at that point didn't even own a Bible! - I was embarking through a piece of theological work that was to help formulate my life thenceforth. I've never been so thankful for a book out of sheer gratitude for its existence than I...more
Judith
This is one of those, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" books. i didn't pick up this book to make fun of it. i read it because i would like to hear an intelligent plausible argument for the existence of God. I am sure there is one, but you won't find it in this book. To paraphrase the author: why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Well, if your neighbor accidentally ran into your wall and it wasn't covered by insurance, someone would have to pay for the damages. So even if you forgave you...more
Adam Ross
Just appalling. The first two chapters are okay (nothing to write home about, but decent), but the book rapidly degenerates. He cites Marx approvingly at one point, and believes evolution is compatible with Christianity. But the worst element of the book is his approach itself. The book is designed to answer objections to the faith, but his method is to take the heathen's objection and then try to show how God or Christianity lives up to, or meshes with, the objection. This is the utter inverse...more
Brent
The book is a good spiritual and religious book especially for the non beliver and people who question God and the trinity. The thing I totally disagree with the author is that we are NOT saved just by our faith. I believe we are saved by our faith and works. Example is Mother Teresa who had strong faith but if it was not because of her works, she would have been non existent. I believe we will be judged on faith (love God) and on works (love neighbor). Good book even though the author missed th...more
Debbie
I started reading this book because I started attending one of the Redeemer churches in NYC which Keller refers to founding in this book. I find the attitude of the church to be similar to the tone of The Reason for God.

As someone raised in the church (Lutheran) who went through several years of struggle with religion, I found this book to helpful and enlightening. It also made me feel better about my continued struggle with Christianity as a religion and my personal relationship with God.

Kell...more
Marina
Had every good intention of liking this book as it was recommended (gifted, in fact) by a friend whose intellect I respect. Sadly and disappointingly, it lost me from the Introduction. It started admirably by recognising the polarisation between the camps of theists and sceptics but before long it started making pronouncements about sceptics which don't reflect the views of at least this particular member of that group (along with many others I know).

Keller insists that non belief in God is a b...more
Kelly Hager
This book has two sections: reasons not to believe in God (which he then refutes) and reasons to believe in God.

I didn't particularly care for this, because I found some of his reasons suspect. Like, for example, he says, "Well, if you don't believe that Jesus existed, died and was resurrected, explain how the Church managed to flourish." And it's like, well, other religions believe other things that I may or may not agree with, and it doesn't matter if I don't believe, say, that a great flood c...more
Josiah
Sometimes I have this nagging feeling that, when one particularly able Atheist writer (now deceased) cleverly turns a humorous phrase in the midst of an important logical point, he has somehow made a deal with the devil. Perhaps his craft isn’t really honed by years of experience, but by witchcraft and satanic bargains.

No. I’m not entirely sane.

Though apparently I’m not the only one, because Timothy Keller seems to suffer from this same strange neurosis and goes to great lengths to prove himself...more
Heather
This is the first book I've read in a long time, possibly even the first book ever, that is a well-reasoned, intellectually satisfying argument for the existence of God and his divinity in Jesus Christ.

One of the things I like most about Keller's writing is that he comes across as a down-to-earth person who obviously has great respect and patience for people's questions. Not having grown up a Christian, I have often had great difficulty relating to people who speak "Christianese" and justify fai...more
Chin Hwa
A wonderfully humane, probing, and thought- and heart-provoking book that asks hard questions of the Christian faith (like suffering, the reliability of the Bible, the hypocrisy evident in the church, hell, science, and exclusivism). One of the most valuable points the book makes is that a skeptical attitude to God is just as much a 'faith' as is a believing one. His point is that rationalism (often the sister of skepticism) - the stance that often results in the belief (note the word!) that not...more
Lostinanovel
Powerful. Several thoughts.

Keller's logical progression reminds me of a philosophy class. I can't figure a way out of his logic. In fact, he makes such a strong case for the existence of God that a nonbeliever is left to throw up their hands and simply deny reason and (ironically) have clinging faith in their disbelief. His argument that Christianity is the one true religion also is compelling, certainly it seems to be the one of broadest logical appeal.

Everyone should read the first section, a...more
kelly
Here’s my three-sentence summary of this book if you don’t care to read the following rant: Keller essentially says, “Yah, Christian beliefs about the nature of things are unprovable, but so are yours. However, our beliefs are still better because they give us reasons to do good, along with warm fuzzies; Yours don’t, see?”

At first, I was happy to read in the Introduction a desire for open-mindedness and respectful dialogue between the religious and the non-religious. Consider his humble plea:

“At
...more
Elizabeth
Apr 13, 2008 Elizabeth rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Believers and non-believers alike
As a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, founded by the author, Tim Keller, it seemed a requisite that I read his recently published book. I probably wouldn't have bothered to pick it up otherwise. It was written mostly as a rational argument to answer the skeptics' disbelief of the existence of God, so as someone already deeply rooted in my Christian faith, I didn't expect it would have much to offer me. I was totally wrong. The first half of the book, in which Tim debunks the seven main ar...more
Josh Wilson
This book probably deserves 5 stars, but his statements about God using the process of natural selection in creation really threw me for a loop. He draws heavily on C.S. Lewis, which is great. What I learned the most from, though, was his use of the arts and literature to illustrate or bring home his points. It's clear that, like his preaching, Keller always has his audience in mind--Manhattan urban elites. It's great that he has the resources to use, for example, a feminist atheist to illustrat...more
Sameh Maher
الكتاب شيق جدا ومفيد جدا فى الرد على افكار الملحدين
خلاصة الكتاب ان اثبات وجود الله بالدليل القاطع غير ممكن
الا ان مفاتيح ودلالات وجوده اكثر منطقية من دلائل النفى
العالم فى وجود اله اكثر منطقية وثبات منه فى حالة عدم وجوده
الكتاب جمع اكثر الاسئلة المحيرة التى قد تدور فى اذهانالناس وحاول الاجابة عليها بالمنطق وليس بالايات او حتى الاثباتات العلمة
كتاب مفيد جدا فى التحرك نحو وجه معينة ويكفى كبداية
انصح الجميع بقرائته
Bambi Dean
Mar 02, 2014 Bambi Dean marked it as to-read
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So far, I think that I am really connecting with some of the points that Keller has made thus far.

- an excerpt - pg 43

[Each religion sees a part of the truth, but none can see the whole truth." Sometimes this point is illustrated with the story of the blind men and the elephant. Several blind men were walking along and came upon an elephant that allowed them to touch and feel it. "This creature is long and flexibility like a snake" said the first blind man, holding t...more
Nathan Eilers
I get the feeling that many Christians with good intentions are distributing this magnificent book to their nonbeliever friends with the idea that one can't help but convert to Christianity after pouring over the book's pages. This, of course, is inaccurate, and I'm sure Mr. Keller would say the same. While conversion to Christianity is ideal, I think Keller seeks to re-establish a rational basis on which Christianity can stand. He is hardly the first to do this, but this is the first book I've...more
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Timothy Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.

He is also Chairman of Redeemer City to City, which starts new churches in New York and other global cities, and pub...more
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