The Reason for God

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A New York Times bestseller people can believe in—by “a pioneer of the new urban Christians” (Christian Today magazine).

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he ...

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Overview

A New York Times bestseller people can believe in—by “a pioneer of the new urban Christians” (Christian Today magazine).

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and non-believers bring to religion. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand against the backlash toward religion spawned by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

The remarkable New York Times bestseller by the "C.S. Lewis for the 21st century" (Newsweek).

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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

From the Publisher
"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594483493
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 15,554
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Keller

As the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Tim Keller started his congregation with a few dozen people. It now draws over five thousand weekly attendees who meet in three Manhattan locations. Redeemer has since spawned a movement of churches across America and throughout major world cities. Many pastors model their churches on Redeemer and Tim's thoughtful style of preaching. Dr. Keller lives in New York City with his wife and sons.

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  • Posted March 17, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Lucid and Convincing

    The casual glance of the front cover may lead one to conclude that this must be a plain, and perhaps boring, volume laden with old, long theological words. This couldn't be farther from the truth. This is one of the most well written piece of popular apologetic I have read, and it successfully addresses the most modern issues that plague the minds of those in the post-modern societies. What I really appreciate about Pastor Keller's writing is that he effectively brings together vast array of knowledge from various different fields of knowledge, from science to philosophy to literature, to support his claims. For instance, in one of the chapters, he was referencing a story written by Flannery O'Conner, not only providing a deep analysis (which I was able to reference later on to help a friend who was reading the story), but also using it to a great effect to support his argument.

    This book provides great answers to many of common objections to Christian faith, and I highly recommend to the seekers as well as those would like to learn to be able to defend their faith.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    Makes me want to read it again

    Some the most common questions that I face as a college student are addressed in this book in many ways that I did not think of. Excellent reasoning for why a sacrifice was necessary and how science has not disproved religion. The chapter on sin is good also and provides insights into why the world is extremely polarized.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

    Excellent and enlightening

    I underlined 1/3 of the book and will soon be reading it again! I'm a 30 something lukewarm Christian and working on changing that. This book addresses skepticisms I've secretly had for years while helping to strengthen the faith that I'm discovering. I've wrestled with parts of the Bible and the church for years and "The Reason for God" hit most of those parts.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    A powerful tool for honest self-examination

    I've now read Keller's book three times, reducing it into a dog-eared kaleidoscope of multi-colored highlighted passages. Keller quells a typically polarizing discussion initially by acknowledging that omniscience is required to either prove or disprove God and, lacking that, we must look instead to "clues" of His existence accessible by the rational mind. Keller compassionately turns non-believers arguments back upon themselves for re-examination while challenging Christians to evaluate their under underlying motivations and assumptions of a "Christian life". Keller delineates how skepticsm exists within the church as well as secular society, though more subtle and dangerously deceptive. Keller's reductionist approach removes many of the barriers for believers and un-believers alike to fully grasp the message of the gospel, dispelling any notion of merit or any obstacles to grace unless we ourselves have created them in our hearts and minds. If consummed objectively, "A Reason for God" is as compelling and life-changing a book as I have read. It is insightful, provocative, humbling and at the same time assuring and energizing. One cannot help but reassess the honesty of their faith or disbelief which may, in fact, be one in the same.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2010

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    Great for Christians and skeptics alike

    A wonderful look at the questions that Christians and skeptics have and for which there are no easy answers. Adapts well for a Bible/ Book study.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    This was a truly new approach for me and I found it very refresh

    This was a truly new approach for me and I found it very refreshing and challenging. A friend and I chose to read this book as a Small Group Study and it was an amazing read! 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    A great book, but with shortcomings

    I was raised Christian, so I know a lot about the culture of the Christian church. Currently, its values are under a consistent attack. In the first half of the book Keller does an excellent job at re-explaining Christianity to people who have common misunderstandings. He reveals that Christianity, at its core, teaches love. This is so true and is not respected by many modern-day atheists.

    On the other hand, in the second portion of the book, I thought Keller failed to deliver by using weak arguments for God, sometimes getting lost his perceived beauty of Christian theology. He used arguments rehashed by C.S. Lewis to make the argument that morality proves God's existence. It really does not, especially because Christians have a framework of what they want to see in the world, and will point good things to God and bad things to sin.

    Early in the book he points out he thinks he believes in natural selection in regards to Creation, but urges the reader this ultimately does not matter. He later goes on to use elements of sin and the creation story as major points in his argument. How does this not matter or matter again?

    Keller believes that a life without God leads to emptiness, but a leads with God leads to fullness. This should make a difference in the person, right? He then goes on to say that we shouldn't expect Christians to be any "better" or different than non-christians. What? I thought a life without God leads to emptiness? It seems like the people who think God exists think their life has greater purpose, thus, they will feel less-empty.

    Keller tries to point out moralists who only put faith in morals will feel anger when their life goes wrong, but won't Christians? Job became angry with God. ANY of us would feel angry/depressed if life went bad. What angers ME a little bit is that Keller has the audacity to say that Christians are "above it all" when it comes to putting their treasures in this world, just because they think their focus and source of reason comes from something in the heavens. He's trying to say Christians are different because of what theology says, but makes the excuse that they aren't really that different. This is a very weak and short-sighted argument.

    I would have respected this book much more if Keller admitted to a lot of the problems in Christianity, its theology, and the Bible itself, but when it came down to it, he's trying to prove something so hard he makes blanket statements to convince the reader.

    Nevertheless, this book will make you think, whatever your position on God.

    I recommend reading it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    Keller is Clear and Compelling

    Timothy Keller may have been a challenge to his first congregation, but any vestige of lack of clarity is long gone now. His writing is clean, clear and compelling, at once drawing you into his thinking and at the same time, causing you to digest his arguments while forcing you to reformulate your own.

    Keller has taken a much-studied topic and synthesized it to its unarguable conclusions, taking nothing for granted and clearly honing the pertinent facts.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    God is awsome!!!

    God is an awsome man,he made the earth and everything around it! I have'nt read the book yet but the book sounds good!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    HIghly recommended.

    Answers a lot of questions concerning belief.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2012

    Defending the faith w/out getting "defensive"

    Excellent primer for not only a defense of basic Christian doctrine but also answering external criticisms in a very open yet serious manner.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Any philosophy can become a religion and anything in the sky

    On earth in the sea or below the earth can become a g d. A belief grows from fron a firm belief then to rules then laws and then commands first the belief then the cult then the recognized religion dissents sects and back to a cult and non believers and observers. i think healthy diet and prevention therefore of disease is the new one. Mars is back but under the new name of national security any religion still honor the not kill except amish mennoite and quakers.?

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

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    Great Book

    This book was just great
    the way Timothy Keller explained things in this book was exceptional.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

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    A much needed work in 21st century postmodernism

    Timothy Keller¿s most renowned book is a solid apologetics book explaining why Christianity is not only reasonable, but the true path to God. Such a thought provokes much controversy and heat in the midst of our ¿tolerant¿ and post modernist world, but if such a claim is in fact true, then the truth must be proclaimed no matter what. Keller uses this book to answer some of the most prevalent objections to the Christian faith.

    Keller devotes sections of the book to explaining the objection at hand. He does a respectable job by analyzing the strength and weakness of such objections, then explains what the Bible has to say about the issue at hand, and uses sound reason and logic to enhance his arguments.

    Overall, Reason For God is a good apologetics book in defense of the Christian faith. I wouldn¿t say it¿s as great as Frank Turek and Gary Habermas¿ work, but it¿s nonetheless, a good start for seeking unbelievers, and new Christians wanting to strengthen their faith.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Powerful reading about God. Highly recommended. I gave a copy to friends.

    As an Air Force fighter pilot and now environmentalk engineer, I stick to concrete facts and results. I have involved myself in community and church (Lutheran) activities and was repulsed by society - individual/committee actions are often illogical and perplexing. This book lays out the reasons God allows these activities, and convincingly substitutes the idea of what is MOST important to you? Overlook the minor arguments everyone talks about ad naseum, and simply do your best. A wonderful book, the best I have seen in my search for truth.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    Keller at his best

    Tim Keller's rational reasoning for faith is a materpiece and should be read by anyone who is skeptical about Christianity

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

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    Very well-argued and contemporary

    Subtitled Belief in an Age of Skepticism, The Reason for God at first looked like it was going to another popular survey of scientific and historical reasons to accept the Bible. I do in fact thoroughly enjoy such surveys, but this book is something more. The author is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and he addresses real doubts and concerns expressed by real people-people who have indeed grown up in an age of skepticism.

    Timothy Keller draws his reasons not just from history and science, but from philosophy, literature, real-life conversations, human instinct and satisfying arguments. He leads not to a "believe me or else" type faith, but rather to a request that the reader, questioner, believer, skeptic or agnostic, take stock and really think. He allows questions as if they're a part of his growing as well as the reader's-he wants to know more about people and welcomes what they say. And he provides answers that might challenge many of us to reconsider at least a few unquestioned convictions.

    There are lots of things society wants us to know that aren't actually true. There are things some religious leaders demand we be sure of that might likewise be false. And in between, there are questions that can be answered, doubts that can be entertained, and hopes that can enlighten and assure. Not a book of techniques, or rules, or familiar explanations, this is a book I'd recommend to anyone who wants to know what they believe, why they believe it, or why others do or don't believe.



    Disclosure: I was give a copy of this book by a friend, to encourage conversation with someone dear to me.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2010

    This Is A Bridge To Understanding The Power of God

    Once again Keller delivers a book that will change your perception on the will of God. No other book has or probably ever will explain the trinity in such a meaningful way. This is Keller at his best. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score," which takes an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness. This book too will change your life.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

    Very helpful, well presented

    Nailed my questions regarding skepticism on God and faith and presented a fair and common sense answers to them. The research was well presented. Keller's book definitely helped me in my search for answers.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2009

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    awnsers to your questians and doubts

    "the reason for God" has some exellent awnsers to many questians that everyone has or some many have doubts. this bestseller has some exellent evidence for your faith and courage whean you have the tough times to want to break away from your peace this pastor also offers exellent research for those who dont have any faith and offers them something to hang on to. easy to understand awnsers and deal with your faith. great gift idea for your friend or family.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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