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!
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.
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.
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.