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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism [Hardcover]

By Timothy Keller (Author)
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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. 50,000 first printing.

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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.



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The Reason for God - Belief in an Age of Skepticism
by Timothy Keller

Binding: Hardcover
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The Reason for God

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.



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From Publishers 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. Kellers 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. Kellers points also helped me see the underlining issues of the skeptics 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

Awards and Recognitions
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • Christianity Today Book Award - 2009 Winner - Apologetics/Evangelism category


Citations And Professional Reviews
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 108
  • Library Journal Prepub Alert - 11/01/2007 page 44
  • Publishers Weekly - 12/10/2007 page 51
  • Library Journal - 02/01/2008 page 74
  • Newsweek - 02/18/2008 page 52
  • Booklist - 02/01/2008 page 8
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books - 03/23/2009 page 22


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Dutton Adult
Pages   293
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.28" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 14, 2008
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0525950494  
ISBN13  9780525950493  


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More About Timothy Keller


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. He is the author of The Songs of Jesus, Prayer, Encounters with Jesus, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, and The Meaning of Marriage, among others, including the perennial bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.
Katherine Leary Alsdorf worked twenty-five years in the high-tech industry as an economic analyst and in various executive leadership positions. After her CEO roles at One Touch Systems and Pensare, Redeemer Presbyterian Church recruited Katherine to lead the church's efforts in marketplace ministry, now called the Center for Faith & Work, which has grown to serve more than two thousand people a year. Katherine has served on the boards of the International Arts Movement, the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, and the Theology of Work Project.

Timothy Keller has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Center Church


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Reviews - What do customers think about Reason For God?

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.

 

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