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In alle redelijkheid: Christelijk geloof voor welwillende sceptici

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Zoals elke boek van Tim Keller weet de schrijver toch weer nieuwe inzichten te geven over bekende thema's. Keller schrijft op een makkelijke manier en geeft veel stof tot nadenken. Zoals de titel al aangeeft, 'christelijk geloof voor welwillende sceptici' is het boek voor veel mensen een uitdaging om eens rustig door te lezen. Het boek is een pleidooi voor de plaats van he ...more
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Published December 2009 by Uitgeverij Van Wijnen (first published 2007)
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Tyler I haven't finished the book yet, but so far I find it very helpful and well-written. Keller takes the reader on a journey, encouraging them to seek…moreI haven't finished the book yet, but so far I find it very helpful and well-written. Keller takes the reader on a journey, encouraging them to seek truth honestly. He leads through common questions (and statements) about religion that come up in conversation but haven't necessarily been addressed well. Much of the world is becoming hostile to traditional religion. Many in the world (including well-educated people) are also joining orthodox communities with sincerity. (At least, this was the case around 2008. I get the sense these trends are continuing.) These are just a few of the topics that have been brought up so far. As for your particular question, I can't say how other Christians have been impacted by the book--except my various friends have rated the book highly.(less)
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Paul Bryant
Mar 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: godreads
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
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Josh Crews
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jori
May 30, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ty
Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Paul
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan Brent
Feb 10, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Judith
Mar 31, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jonathan Terrington

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
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Jim
Jun 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was really disappointed by this. I actually picked it for a group read with some friends, having read Keller before and been impressed by him. I wasn't impressed with this.

The full title of the book is The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism. And the back suggests that Keller "addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics...have about religion." And goes on to say that "Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one." And then, "to skeptics,
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Barnabas Piper
Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Karen L.
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Homeschool high schoolers
Recommended to Karen L. by: I think our friend Tim W.
Shelves: homeschool
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
Josiah
Apr 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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kelly
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kris
Shallow, arbitrary, and unsound. Disappointing and unsatisfying. I was almost going to give it three stars, but it just kept getting worse and worse, and it still did not end on a good note for me.

He is preachy and simplistic, and I guess it's not surprising, as this was written by a pastor, who does not seem to be an academic. While Keller does make some good points, flaws abound within his arguments, and he doesn’t dive anywhere nearly deep enough into apologetics to give adequate answers to t
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Eleasa
Feb 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
"There can't just be one true religion." "How could a good God allow suffering?" "How can a loving God send people to hell?" "Science has disproved Christianity." "You can't take the Bible literally." If you have these sorts of questions, please please pick up this book. I found this book resonated well with the New York City/urban audience it was written for, in the easy-to-read style of a conversation, and with ample research to use as a springboard to keep reading into. It also gets to the he ...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
Jason
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Brent McCulley
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
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
Jerry
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fabulous work of apologetics.
Marina
Jan 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Debbie
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Heather
Oct 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
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
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Wade
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
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
Carol
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling apology for Christianity.

Personal note: towards the end he had back to back quotes that gave me chills: from the beginning of Revelation 21 ("He will wipe away every tear from their eyes...") and from C.S. Lewis' The Last Battle ("I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life..."). That portion of Revelation was printed on the bulletin of my sister's funeral; and I included the Lewis quote in my eulogy.
Ryan
Apr 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tyrus Kemp
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic book! I am a big Keller fan, but this one is by far my favorite. When responding to cultural questions and concerns about God, Keller presents logical arguments, but he does so humbly and with love.
Mary Shelton
Sep 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
In the last couple of days I've gulped down Gail Bowen's Canadian murder mystery "The Glass Coffin, and I've finally, finally finished this book, Timothy Keller's The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. I read The Glass Coffin because it's by an author I've always enjoyed. I read Keller's book because David Brooks referred positively to Keller in the afterword to his most recent book, The Road to Character, and I have tremendous respect for David Brooks.

Here's the deal: I didn't lik
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Chin Hwa
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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
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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.

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