The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

by Timothy Keller
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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller

A New York Times bestseller people can believe in—by "a pioneer of the new urban Christians" (Christianity Today) and the "C.S. Lewis for the 21st century" (Newsweek).

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent 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 their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

Timothy Keller's latest book, God's Wisdom for Navigating Life, will be available from Viking in Fall 2017.




Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101217658
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/14/2008
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 13,811
File size: 719 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. He is the author of The Songs of JesusPrayerEncounters with JesusWalking with God Through Pain and SufferingEvery Good Endeavor, and The Meaning of Marriage, among others, including the perennial bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.

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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 144 reviews.
hyunlee More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
pritgerrr More than 1 year ago
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.
Renwick-Prime More than 1 year ago
Well, let me put it this way. Tim Keller nailed it on the head. I knew coming in it was good, but I did not think it would be THAT good. First part, he shows the flaws in the common objections of Christianity. And shows the validity of the assertions of Christianity. I think this is a book that Christians and Non-Christians (since he wasn't merely targeting Christians) can glean from. I was especially impressed with his chapter, "Christianity is a Straitjacket". Then again, I personally love the topic of Freedom.
Show-Me More than 1 year ago
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.
neal6325 More than 1 year ago
As with most books arguing in favor of Chrisitanity I don't think it will change anyone's position. For me, it was thought provoking and inspired me to look deeper into the reasons for my own faith. As a devout Christian it did force me to re-examine my motivation and spiritual foundation. I think it is a excellent read for those who are Christians and want to continue down the path of becoming closer to God. If you are a non-believer it will take more than a book to change your perspective, but this is a nice start.
VoughtTex More than 1 year ago
For those who know God, the God of the Bible seen through His Son Jesus Christ you will be encouraged and challenged to life your live more joyously in Christ's unending love, grace and mercy. For those searching for meaning and ultimately for God - the one and only Creator of the Universe - well you will find Him. Timothy Keller does a great job explaining the faith found in Jesus Christ and what it means to truly be a Christian. His insight into our skepticism breaks down the arguments to their lowest denominator and then bridges us back to discovering the God has been there all along, waiting for you to find Him - actually you need to ask God to find you (read the book and you'll understand!) I Challenge you to read this book and come to a different conclusion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To "Anonymous" No. 2: May I recommend HOW GOOD IS GOOD ENOUGH by Andy Stanley. Short and to the point, it is a simple and straightforward explanation of our need for a savior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What i like most about Keller's book, The Reason for God, is it gives you a logical, common sense defense of the Christian faith without having to slam other religious traditions. It strikes me that Keller is fair and balanced in his approach, giving equal time to the arguments against and the reasons for believing in Christianity. As G.K. Chesterton noted, its not that the Christian ideal has been tried and found wanting, it has been found difficult and left untried. That is what I most enjoyed about the book, Keller gives us many reasons to try or practice the faith even its most difficult parts for it will deliver the ultimate reward of finding salvation from a loving and just God. In addition, C. S. Lewis fans will especially enjoy this book as Keller liberially quotes from his many favorites such as Mere Christianity, Four Loves and The Great Divorce. Finally, I am now better prepared to explain my Christian faith as well as to understand and practice it in my own life. You will be a better person for reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just as C.S. Lewis answered the skeptics of his day, Tim Keller has written what feels very much like an updated version of 'Mere Christianity'. It has all the hallmarks of becoming a classic. Like Lewis, he goes through the major objections modern people have to Christianity and shows how nearly by logic alone these objections are easily answered. They simply don't stand up to scrutiny and reason. For Christians who get anxious when someone challenges their faith with questions like 'how could a good God allow suffering' or 'how can I believe in a religion that is so hostile to science?', you will love this book. These objections are easily defeated with a little knowledge and a little logic. And Keller is a master at showing believers how they can answer these objections in a loving, patient and even charming way! When you really understand these issues, there is no reason to ever be anxious or defensive when a friend confronts you with these questions. And for non-believers, you will find Keller's logic insightful and illuminating. As he does with his Sunday sermons, which are directed to a very secular New York audience, he will challenge you to think. You may not walk away with your mind changed, but your beliefs will be challenged and your thoughts will be clarified. After all, it is when our beliefs are challenged that they are either changed or clarified. So, don't be afraid to take the challenge! Each question is discussed in a single chapter. These questions could have books and books written about them, but that was not the intent of this book. Don't expect a detailed treatise on each question. Rather this book gives a concise overview laying out the logical, factual and historical frameworks through which these questions can be considered.
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Blimix More than 1 year ago
A Christian gave me this book, hoping it would convert me. It was a jumble of bad logic, incorrect facts, and misrepresentations of others' thoughts. Keller's book was so badly executed that a Christian friend of mine turned agnostic due to reading it. (Yes, I'm dead serious. Keller presented skeptical claims and failed so badly to refute them that my friend was convinced of their merit.) Search for "The Lack of Reason For God" (with quotes) to find a thorough, detailed debunking. And then save your money: This book will never convert a skeptic.
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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! 
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Excellent primer for not only a defense of basic Christian doctrine but also answering external criticisms in a very open yet serious manner.
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