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Overview Arguing that most Americans are members of the Christian faith, a response to promoters of science and secularism addresses key questions about suffering, exclusivity, and the belief that Christianity is the only true religion. Simultaneous.
Publishers Description "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?
The Reason for God - Belief in an Age of Skepticism
by Timothy Keller
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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 In Defense of 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. In Defense of 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 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 deep compassion.
Features and Benefits
In Defense of God takes on the doubts expressed in the atheistic bestsellers written by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and others, and answers them convincingly and accessibly
This is a book for skeptics, but also for those who have wanted to believe in God but could not intellectually or emotionally commit to Christianity. It provides the tools and intelligent reasoning for a substantial belief in a Christian God.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Penguin Audio
Running Time: 360.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.34" Width: 6.58" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Penguin Group USA
ISBN 0143142941 ISBN13 9780143142942
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More About Timothy Keller
Dr. Timothy Keller is founder and pastor of New York s Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Over the past 20 years, the church has grown to five services at three sites, with a weekly attendance of over 5,000. Named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Churches in America, Keller s ministry is notable not only for winning over New Yorkers who are skeptical to faith, but also for its missional approach, planting more than 100 churches though Redeemer City to City. He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Counterfeit Gods. He blogs at Redeemer City to City. John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Faith & Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You ve Always Wanted; Everybody s Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You ve Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Mark Mitchell joined the staff at Central Peninsula Church in 1986 and now serves as Lead Pastor. After graduating from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, he attended Scribe School at Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California from 1979 to 1981. He also holds an MA in Church History from Denver Seminary (1987) and a Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Mark has published two books: Portrait of Integrity: The Life of Ray C. Stedman and The Power of His Presence. Mark Buchanan lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, with his wife, Cheryl, and their three children, Adam, Sarah, and Nicola. He is a pastor and the author of four other books, The Rest of God, Your God is Too Safe, Things Unseen, and The Holy Wild.
Timothy J. Keller was born in 1950.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Audiobook-Audio CD-Reason For God (Unabridged) (5?
A Much Needed Book May 25, 2010
Keller has his own unique way of approaching a subject. It is clear, logical, and thorough. In this book he addresses the most common questions that are asked about God and does it extremely well.
For the Thinking Christian and Honest Skeptic May 22, 2010
The Reason for God is a great resource for both the thinking Christian and the skeptic with honest questions.
Excellent source for understanding modern urban Christians May 18, 2010
Pastor Keller, who has established a large Presbyterian presence in the city of New York primarily populated with young single converts to Christianity, has written an excellent well-thought-out work on how the young, upperly mobile, people in the Manhattan area feel about Christianity and what answers their skepticism about traditional religious approaches. Using examples encountered in real life situations when discussing young peoples skepticism with them, Rev. Keller presents a well written and documented apologetic book filled with methods that obviously work, since his "from scratch" ministry in 1989 now numbers nearly six thousand regular attendees at five services at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan and includes a host of daughter churches.
A Remarkable Book May 18, 2010
Timothy Keller has written a remarkable counter to our culture's secular concept of the idea of God. His responses to the hard questions of faith in a supernatural God are intelligent and persuasive. He does not claim to be either conservative or liberal in his views, but rather describes his ministry as traditional, mainline Christianity. As other reviewers have noted, Keller is a modern day equivalent of C.S. Lewis.
Some Great Philosophy with Some Glaring Concerns May 15, 2010
It is strange to me how much I both loved and disliked Tim Keller's The Reason for God. Keller, pastor of a prominent and thriving church in New York, has written what is in many ways a fine apology, defense of the Christian faith. Yet, Keller is also unique in some of his beliefs, branchingperhaps a step further from fundamentalism than many might find comfortable.
What I Liked
Keller's book is an easy read with intellectually-stimulating arguments. This is hard to accomplish. Many authors are either intellectual or fun-to-read, but seldom are both the case. Keller's book is that rare mix, and this is good.
Some of Keller's arguments are absolutely fascinating. Perhaps my favorite is Keller's turning of theodicy to actually argue for the existence of God. Many people say that the presence of evil in our world disproves the existence of God. Keller shows how our understanding of the existence of evil can only be sound if indeed God exists.
Keller's book is infused with conversation after conversation that he has had with skeptics over his years of pastoring. As we see these conversations, readers grasp that Keller is not removed from or judgmental toward those he attempts to convince of the truth of Christianity. On the contrary, Keller's heart comes through along with his sharp mind.
What I Did Not Like
As I mentioned above, there are a few places where Keller seems to depart from conservative doctrine in a way that made me slightly uneasy. The first of these two areas comes with Keller's chapter on hell. Keller does not deny the existence of hell; nor does he believe in annihilation. However, Keller interprets the language of hell, fire and darkness, as figurative pictures of the reality. Keller does not do this to minimize the horror of hell, but to show that hell will not contain a group of people begging God for his mercy. Sadly, I do not believe that Keller gives enough credence to the literal concept of the wrath of God being poured out on those who have hated and rejected his Son.
The second area that concerns me is Keller's ready acceptance of theistic evolution. Of course this is an area of wide debate among Christians, and thus many might find this a selling point of the book. I however find that an acceptance of even theistic evolution does harm to one's handling and interpretation of Scripture. Keller, to come to his point, must interpret Genesis 1 and 2 as different telling of the same story, chapter 1 as poetry and figurative with chapter 2 as more literal. I accept both of these chapters as literal, and thus cannot support Keller's reasoning. I also believe that, though Keller rightly argues that this is not a defining point of faith for salvation, it is significant and is ground that is dangerous to give up in order to win a convert.
Conclusions and Recommendations
With the shortcomings above noted, I would recommend The Reason for God to most people. For Christians, reading through this work is encouraging and helpful to remind us of the glorious philosophical reasoning that is present in our long-held faith. For the non-Christian, this work could be useful to help knock down some of the barriers to genuine consideration of Christianity. Because the book is so kindly and winsomely written, most who read it will find it enjoyable, that is, if they enjoy philosophy in the least.
However, I also admit that the cautions above are serious in my mind. In places, it appears that Keller uses science or philosophy to shape his view of the Scripture instead of the other way around. This could set forth in some a handling of the Bible that does not acknowledge its total reliability and sufficiency to speak to every area of life. This is dangerous, and causes me to recommend this book with reservations and not as freely as I might have liked.