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

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...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.
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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 percent of all Americans consider themselves Christians. So how should they respond to these passionate, learned, and persuasive books that promote science and secularism over religion and faith? For years, Tim Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced “doubts” skeptics bring to his Manhattan church. And in The Reason for God, he single-handedly dismantles each of them. Written with atheists, agnostics, and skeptics in mind, Keller also provides an intelligent platform on which true believers can stand their ground when bombarded by the backlash. The Reason for God challenges such ideology at its core and points to the true path and purpose of Christianity.

Why is there suffering in the world? How could a loving God send people to Hell? Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive? Shouldn’t the Christian God be a god of love? How can one religion be “right” and the rest “wrong”? Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God? These are just a few of the questions even ardent believers wrestle with today. In this book, Tim Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations and reasoning, and even pop culture to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.

Look out for Timothy Keller's latest book, The Songs of Jesus.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Timothy Keller

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Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, and the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God, he lives in New York with his family.
 
Published February 14, 2008 by Penguin Books. 332 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction
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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Aug 04 2009

He isn’t banging his readers over the head with “shoulds” and “oughts” but draws them to a deeper awareness of the God he knows and loves.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Bryce Christensen on Apr 11 2013

...with this tightly reasoned defense of faith, he challenges the evangelists of doubt on their own ground.

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About.com Bestsellers

Above average

Keller makes an intelligent case without writing in an academic style.

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Patheos

Good

Keller's fundamental understanding of Christianity is challenging but also refreshing in a society that relativizes truth and morality and caricatures the fundamental tenets of Christian belief.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 10 2008

...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.

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The Gospel Coalition

Good
Reviewed by Trevin Wax on May 06 2008

I look forward to using The Reason for God as a reference in my conversations with skeptics...and in my own personal struggles with faith and doubt.

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Discerning Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim Challies on Feb 16 2008

Skeptics will see that even their skepticism is founded on some kind of faith and will be challenged to discern those underlying beliefs.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila Deeth on Feb 23 2011

...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.

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