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

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How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be "right" and the others "wrong"? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0525950494
ISBN-13: 9780525950493
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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.

Author Bio

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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In The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller makes a compelling and thought provoking argument for believing in one God. Recently, there have been many critics and skeptics on the existence of a God and on religion, specifically Christianity. This book refutes the claims made by critics such as Dawkins and his colleagues. However, besides just refuting the claims, Keller examines, in turn, the biggest reasons for doubt people have, and the most compelling reasons to believe in God. Keller’s main purpose is to draw readers into rethinking what they have been told and to learn how to deal with doubt and disbelief.

The author of the book is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Knowing the mind of a skeptic, Keller clearly defines the six biggest doubts that people in our culture have toward Christian faith and the reasons behind them. He then makes an intriguing case against each reason. Later in the book, Keller draws upon the reasons why one should believe in Christianity and God. The book is solidly researched and well written and makes an intelligent argument without getting weighed down in religious terminology.

I found the book challenging because it made me consider the foundations upon which I hold my beliefs. Keller’s points also helped me see the underlining issues of the skeptic’s mindset. The reasons for believing helped to reaffirm my beliefs in Christianity. Overall, I think this book deserves to be read by any doubter, as well as every believer. -- Timothy Steece, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Publisher's Weekly

In The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Timothy Keller makes a compelling and thought provoking argument for believing in one God. Recently, there have been many critics and skeptics on the existence of a God and on religion, specifically Christianity. This book refutes the claims made by critics such as Dawkins and his colleagues. However, besides just refuting the claims, Keller examines, in turn, the biggest reasons for doubt people have, and the most compelling reasons to believe in God. Keller’s main purpose is to draw readers into rethinking what they have been told and to learn how to deal with doubt and disbelief.

The author of the book is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Knowing the mind of a skeptic, Keller clearly defines the six biggest doubts that people in our culture have toward Christian faith and the reasons behind them. He then makes an intriguing case against each reason. Later in the book, Keller draws upon the reasons why one should believe in Christianity and God. The book is solidly researched and well written and makes an intelligent argument without getting weighed down in religious terminology.

I found the book challenging because it made me consider the foundations upon which I hold my beliefs. Keller’s points also helped me see the underlining issues of the skeptic’s mindset. The reasons for believing helped to reaffirm my beliefs in Christianity. Overall, I think this book deserves to be read by any doubter, as well as every believer. -- Timothy Steece, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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    Why hello modern day C.S. Lewis. I mean, for real Timothy Keller. For real. This is by far one of the best Christian apologetic books I've read in a while. It's an easy read, yet so many great points to think about and ponder. Whether a skeptic or believer, you should read this book! I believe a decision about faith is too important a matter to not think about it.

    Here's the list of chapters so you have a better idea of what he covers. The first part he address is common arguments against Christianity and the second is reasons for belief in Christianity.

    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.

    Part 1: The Leap of Doubt

    There Can't Be Just One True Religion

    How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?

    Christianity is a Straitjacket

    The Church is Responsible for So Much Injustice

    How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?

    Science Has Disproved Christianity

    You Can't Take the Bible Literally

    Part 2: The Reasons for Faith

    The Clues of God

    The Knowledge of God

    The Problem of Sin

    Religion and the Gospel

    The (True) Story of the Cross

    The Reality of the Resurrection

    The Dance of God

    There's lots of quotes to share, so let's dive right in!

    "Everyone has faith in something_.What is religion then? It is a set of beliefs that explain what life is all about, who we are, and the most important things that human beings should spend their time doing."

    "At the very heart of [Christians'] view of reality was a man who died for his enemies, praying for their forgiveness."

    "Love is the most liberating freedom-loss of all. Human beings are most free and alive in relationships of love [whether for a friend or romantic love]."

    Regrading injustice: "When people have done injustice in the name of Christ they are not being true to the spirit of the one who himself died as a victim of injustice and who called for the forgiveness of his enemies. When people give their lives to liberate others as Jesus did, they are realizing the true Christianity that Martin Luther King, Jr., Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and other Christian voices have called for."

    "If there is no God, then there is no way to say any one action is "moral" and another "immoral" but only "I like this." If that is the case, who gets the right to put their subjective, arbitrary moral feelings into law?"

    On the resurrection: "The resurrection also puts a burden of proof on it's nonbelievers. It is not enough to simply believe Jesus did not rise from the dead. You must then come up with a historically feasible alternative explanation for the birth of the church. You have to provide some other plausible account for how things began_If the resurrection of Jesus happened, however, that means there's infinite hope and reason to pour ourselves out for the needs of the world."

    So now that I just did a quote slam, what do you think? Have you read any of Keller's writings? Any of the quotes resonate? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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    This book is jam packed with so much information and wisdom- I am not done with it yet, but I have loved every page. I want to read it more than once to take it all in. I highly recommend it to Christians and non Christians. VERY well done. Answers questions with respect, fairness and fully.
  4. mlb526
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    Excellent book!
    June 25, 2013
    mlb526
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    I was introduced to this book a couple of years ago, and I love it. I have been a Christian since I was in high school (several years ago). I read this book and appreciated Timothy Keller's logical case for the existence of God, and the way he answers some of the questions common to all unbelievers and newer believers. He started and grew a large church in NYC, and he deals with skeptics all the time. The book is very thought provoking. I bought copies for all the graduates on my list.
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    enelson1304
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    I have read this book about 3 times. The clarity that it contains is truly exceptional. I bought this copy to give to my son-in-law as I have my copy marked up and highlighted. I don't want to lose it.
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