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. Keller’s 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. Keller’s points also helped me see the underlining issues of the skeptic’s 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
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.