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

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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. 336 pages, softcover from Dutton.

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Number of Pages: 336
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Publication Date: 2009
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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 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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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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"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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    Jamie
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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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    MaryM29
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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. Muskegon, MI
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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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    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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