• Title: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
  • Author: Timothy J. Keller
  • ISBN: 9780525950493
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism Making Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical is a prequel to The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism The End of Faith The God Delusion God Is Not Great Letter to a Christian Nation Be
    Making Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical, is a prequel to The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism 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 mosMaking Sense of God An Invitation to the Skeptical, is a prequel to The Reason for God Belief in an Age of Skepticism 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 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.

    One Reply to “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism”

    1. This is book three in my quest to find a good explanation of the Christian faith. Once again, I don't think this book is it. But in mitigation, I can now see that Christianity is so very very difficult to explain without drifting off into shimmery two-shakes-of-Four-Quartets-and-a-dash-of-Revelations language that my heart goes out to these guys who take on this task. Okay, my heart almost goes out to these guys. Part One of this book is where TK challenges and in his own eyes overcomes seven ma [...]

    2. I was converted from "educated" secularism in 2003. Every objection I had is addressed by this book for my background AND it's done by showing God in Jesus, and Jesus crucified.When I became a Christian, 3 other books: the New Testament, The Case for Christ, and Desiring God were primary in my conversion. The Case for Christ proves the Resurrection as a historical event. The New Testament self-authenticates itself as God's Word and shines Jesus Christ out to the reader. Desiring God presents tha [...]

    3. Sitting across the table from a Christian friend, I find myself again and again shaking my head in wonder at our different paths, beliefs and motivations. There are differences between us that I suspect we both pray over in our own ways. Conversations sometimes reach a point where we can only look at each other from a distance as over a river raging with spring melt. We wish to bridge that gap and yet, often, cannot. Still, I want to be engaged in these differences. The antagonism between "sides [...]

    4. Keller's book came recommended by virtually every thinking Christian I know, billed as the theological answer to recent mass-market agnosticism. Indeed there are many out there who have artfully defended a belief in the Christian God, but Keller does not meet the mark. The first half of his book, written for skeptics, is very soft on logical/rational arguments. His response to evolution (a whopping two and a half pages), for example, is to say that if you pin him down, he believes in the process [...]

    5. I didn't get this book to try to refute it. I was actually as excited to get it as I am with any non fiction book. The introduction was great and I thought it was going to be a good read. It's about 10 pages or so and I thought it was really well written.Then starts the doubts and questions he has received and his reasoning against them. The questions are great ones that are very typical, so it's not like he's throwing himself softball questions. Another good point. To me a lot of these made sen [...]

    6. Tim Keller's The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (TRG, hereafter) is the result of the many questions about God and Christianity pastor Keller has received over the years during his time at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. Keller writes in a smooth, conversational tone. He addresses in clear language, 'real' questions from those who have crossed his path over the years, using every day examples to illustrate his points, and he does so with a pastoral heart (whi [...]

    7. There are much better texts on theology, ethics, belief in a god or gods. When compared to the well educated writings of Bonhoeffer, Kant, Satre, Anselm, Dawkins, Aquinas this book is woefully lacking. I might add, it read as you would expect a privileged and sheltered American new age preacher would write. Anything outside of his "expertise" is met with derision and ignorance. I would be shocked if this man ever saw a Mosque, Synagogue, Buddhist temple, let alone read the works of their major p [...]

    8. This is one of those, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" books. i didn't pick up this book to make fun of it. i read it because i would like to hear an intelligent plausible argument for the existence of God. I am sure there is one, but you won't find it in this book. To paraphrase the author: why did Jesus have to die for our sins? Well, if your neighbor accidentally ran into your wall and it wasn't covered by insurance, someone would have to pay for the damages. So even if you forgave you [...]

    9. This non-fiction work by Timothy Keller, a noted pastor, was required reading for my last year of schooling. At my school Christian Education was compulsory and even despite my beliefs I found it a drag since most of what was discussed I already knew a lot about and was repetition. This book and the surrounding discussion was a cut above everything else we were looking at. This is because rather than merely looking at the Bible itself we looked at other belief systems and at apologetics, somethi [...]

    10. I was really disappointed by this. I actually picked it for a group read with some friends, having read Keller before and been impressed by him. I wasn't impressed with this. The full title of the book is The Reason for God: Belief in the Age of Skepticism. And the back suggests that Keller "addresses the frequent doubts that skepticshave about religion." And goes on to say that "Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one." And then, "to skeptics, ath [...]

    11. While this was the book that made Keller famous (or famouser), it was distinctly different from his other books all of which I love. It is much more an apologetic and reasoned argument than it is sermonic. Keller is a great thinker and follows in the footsteps of Christian intellectuals like C.S. Lewis. I appreciated his calm, measured, and reasonable tone and arguments throughout the book. He makes it easy for readers to process his ideas without being attacked or bombarded. A very good book.

    12. This is a wonderful book for skeptics. Finally one you can give a friend and not be embarrassed about any overly didactic preaching. His skillful speaking abilities and knowledge come from years of pastoral experience at a large Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. His method of persuasion is gentle, pastoral, and a very "Socratic" approach. What I liked about Keller's way of handling the questions of skeptics, is he is highly respectful in his treatment of people who do not have faith, but have qu [...]

    13. Sometimes I have this nagging feeling that, when one particularly able Atheist writer (now deceased) cleverly turns a humorous phrase in the midst of an important logical point, he has somehow made a deal with the devil. Perhaps his craft isn’t really honed by years of experience, but by witchcraft and satanic bargains.No. I’m not entirely sane.Though apparently I’m not the only one, because Timothy Keller seems to suffer from this same strange neurosis and goes to great lengths to prove h [...]

    14. Here’s my three-sentence summary of this book if you don’t care to read the following rant: Keller essentially says, “Yah, Christian beliefs about the nature of things are unprovable, but so are yours. However, our beliefs are still better because they give us reasons to do good, along with warm fuzzies; Yours don’t, see?”At first, I was happy to read in the Introduction a desire for open-mindedness and respectful dialogue between the religious and the non-religious. Consider his humbl [...]

    15. Shallow, arbitrary, and unsound. Disappointing and unsatisfying. I was almost going to give it three stars, but it just kept getting worse and worse, and it still did not end on a good note for me.He is preachy and simplistic, and I guess it's not surprising, as this was written by a pastor, who does not seem to be an academic. While Keller does make some good points, flaws abound within his arguments, and he doesn’t dive anywhere nearly deep enough into apologetics to give adequate answers to [...]

    16. "There can't just be one true religion." "How could a good God allow suffering?" "How can a loving God send people to hell?" "Science has disproved Christianity." "You can't take the Bible literally." If you have these sorts of questions, please please pick up this book. I found this book resonated well with the New York City/urban audience it was written for, in the easy-to-read style of a conversation, and with ample research to use as a springboard to keep reading into. It also gets to the he [...]

    17. الكتاب شيق جدا ومفيد جدا فى الرد على افكار الملحدينخلاصة الكتاب ان اثبات وجود الله بالدليل القاطع غير ممكنالا ان مفاتيح ودلالات وجوده اكثر منطقية من دلائل النفىالعالم فى وجود اله اكثر منطقية وثبات منه فى حالة عدم وجودهالكتاب جمع اكثر الاسئلة المحيرة التى قد تدور فى اذهانال [...]

    18. Fewer adjectives probably describe the present age better than polarized. Nowhere is this more evident than the struggle between secular modernism and traditional Christian faith. There are probably fewer people who have more understanding of the depth of that struggle and the difficulties in communicating across that polarized gap than Timothy Keller. Reason for God takes the approach that you communicate not between believers and unbelievers, but between believers and skeptics, for he argues e [...]

    19. Powerful. Several thoughts.Keller's logical progression reminds me of a philosophy class. I can't figure a way out of his logic. In fact, he makes such a strong case for the existence of God that a nonbeliever is left to throw up their hands and simply deny reason and (ironically) have clinging faith in their disbelief. His argument that Christianity is the one true religion also is compelling, certainly it seems to be the one of broadest logical appeal.Everyone should read the first section, a [...]

    20. This was the first book I read as a Christian - I mean - after I became born again in the summer of 2011, I picked up this book, which had been sitting on my shelf for the past four years collecting dust, and prayed over it: 'God, please teach me.' As a new believer - who at that point didn't even own a Bible! - I was embarking through a piece of theological work that was to help formulate my life thenceforth. I've never been so thankful for a book out of sheer gratitude for its existence than I [...]

    21. Had every good intention of liking this book as it was recommended (gifted, in fact) by a friend whose intellect I respect. Sadly and disappointingly, it lost me from the Introduction. It started admirably by recognising the polarisation between the camps of theists and sceptics but before long it started making pronouncements about sceptics which don't reflect the views of at least this particular member of that group (along with many others I know). Keller insists that non belief in God is a b [...]

    22. I started reading this book because I started attending one of the Redeemer churches in NYC which Keller refers to founding in this book. I find the attitude of the church to be similar to the tone of The Reason for God. As someone raised in the church (Lutheran) who went through several years of struggle with religion, I found this book to helpful and enlightening. It also made me feel better about my continued struggle with Christianity as a religion and my personal relationship with God. Kell [...]

    23. This is the first book I've read in a long time, possibly even the first book ever, that is a well-reasoned, intellectually satisfying argument for the existence of God and his divinity in Jesus Christ.One of the things I like most about Keller's writing is that he comes across as a down-to-earth person who obviously has great respect and patience for people's questions. Not having grown up a Christian, I have often had great difficulty relating to people who speak "Christianese" and justify fai [...]

    24. This is an excellent book that addresses many of the common objections to Christianity today. First of all, Keller points out how common doubt is to the Christian faith and how so many people allow doubt to push them away from Christ. But, he points out that “a faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who go though life too busy or too indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless when tragedy str [...]

    25. A compelling apology for Christianity. Personal note: towards the end he had back to back quotes that gave me chills: from the beginning of Revelation 21 ("He will wipe away every tear from their eyes") and from C.S. Lewis' The Last Battle ("I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life"). That portion of Revelation was printed on the bulletin of my sister's funeral; and I included the Lewis quote in my eulogy.

    26. Absolutely fantastic book! I am a big Keller fan, but this one is by far my favorite. When responding to cultural questions and concerns about God, Keller presents logical arguments, but he does so humbly and with love.

    27. I really enjoyed reading this book for a number of reasons, but primarily because it seems to fit the level of many of the conversations I've had with non-Christians. Although it is obviously written at a somewhat general level because it covers so many topics, I find it much more useful than books like Strobel's "Case for Christ" because it does a better job of acknowledging competing worldviews and philosophical viewpoints. That being said, this book is definitely not for everyone. Keller's co [...]

    28. In the last couple of days I've gulped down Gail Bowen's Canadian murder mystery "The Glass Coffin, and I've finally, finally finished this book, Timothy Keller's The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. I read The Glass Coffin because it's by an author I've always enjoyed. I read Keller's book because David Brooks referred positively to Keller in the afterword to his most recent book, The Road to Character, and I have tremendous respect for David Brooks. Here's the deal: I didn't lik [...]

    29. A wonderfully humane, probing, and thought- and heart-provoking book that asks hard questions of the Christian faith (like suffering, the reliability of the Bible, the hypocrisy evident in the church, hell, science, and exclusivism). One of the most valuable points the book makes is that a skeptical attitude to God is just as much a 'faith' as is a believing one. His point is that rationalism (often the sister of skepticism) - the stance that often results in the belief (note the word!) that not [...]

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