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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
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.

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

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

Editorial Reviews

"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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    MaryE
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    This is an excellent resource for those with intellectual doubts about God. I purchased and read the book when a loved one highly recommended it. She had grown up in the church but has been away from God for years. This book may be a tool that God eventually uses to bring her back. I pray so!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent resource
    March 31, 2016
    Jodi
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    This book is a wonderful resource for those interested in pursuing apologetics as well as those who are questioning the very existence of God. Timothy Keller puts forward ideas that make a person think for themselves rather than simply trying to ram the idea of an obvious God down the throat of the reader. Definitely recommend this book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    My current favorite apologetics book
    February 20, 2016
    shrimptoast
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    The Reason for God is a great book for anyone curious about Christianity and finding out the truths of reality. The apologetics (defense of the Christian faith) presented by the author is fresh and fair. The book has a neutral feel to it rather than coercive. Timothy Keller presents the facts, logic, and arguments and lets the reader decide. His approach should be appealing to his entire audience -- not just Christians. This approach both contrasts and overlaps with authors like Ken Ham, Norman Geisler, Ray Comfort, Henry Morris, and John MacArthur. While I appreciate the writings of all those men, my overall favorite apologetics book so far is this one by Timothy Keller because it is to the point and truly thought provoking.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Intro to Apologetics
    September 21, 2015
    J. Luis Dizon
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    This was one of the books that helped me establish a foundation in Christian apologetics years ago. As one of the pioneers of modern urban ministry, Timothy Keller is very good at communicating Christian truth to an audience that is strongly influenced by the pervading post-modern, cultural relativist and skeptical milieu. He writes in a way that is very friendly, engaging and easy to follow, even among those who have never been churched and have little to no prior background knowledge of Christianity. At the same time, he communicates the truths of the Gospel with clarity and persuasiveness. He provides a solid case for why we as Christians are right to believe why we believe, and why non-Christians need to take the Christian message seriously.

    Kellers approach to apologetics is multi-disciplinary. He makes good use of arguments and anecdotes from history, science, classical writings and good old fashioned logical reasoning. He does this in a way that disarms many of the difficult questions that too often stump Christians who are queried by their non-Christian friends. Although he comes from a Conservative Reformed standpoint, not everything that he states may be acceptable for Conservative Reformed Evangelicals (eg. his tendency towards theistic evolution). On the whole, however, this does not majorly impact the main thrust of his work, and positive far outweighs the negative in this case.

    For these reasons, The Reason for God an ideal book for people of almost any religious background, whether they are Christians, Atheists or adherents of other world religions. It is also ideal reading for any age group, although I would especially recommend this book to those youths who are in college/university or in their final years of high school.
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