“The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller

Wow. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism is a phenomenal book. This is a very easy-to-read introduction to apologetics, where Tim Keller discusses some of the major objections to Christianity. As lead pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Keller is constantly brought forth objections from skeptics and doubts from believers. His thesis for the book is that (writing to skeptics and people with doubts) “if you come to realize the beliefs on which your doubts about Christianity are based, and if you seek as much proof for those beliefs as you seek from Christians for theirs – you will discover that your doubts are not as solid as they first appeared.” (pg. xviii) This book is built off of the belief that it is entirely possible to be a Christian and still have doubts and confusions, and the search for truth is an important aspect of a Christian’s life.

Keller’s book is split into two parts. In the first, he explains seven common objections to Christianity, and then refutes each one. The topics he deals with are….
  • Christianity’s claim to exclusive truth (how can there be just one true religion?)
  • The existence of evil (how could a good God allow suffering?)
  • Absolute truth denies freedom
  • The injustices of the church
  • The existence of hell (how could a loving God send people to hell?)
  • The relationship between science and religion
  • The authenticity of Scripture

In the second half of the book, Keller outlines several reasons for the Christian faith, which are mixed in with an explanation of the Christian beliefs. The reasons he discusses are ….

  • The clues of God in science and nature
  • The existence of morality
  • The problem of sin in the world
  • The logic of the gospel
  • The true story of the cross
  • The reality of the resurrection
  • The dance of God (how Christianity makes sense of life)
I was introduced to this book by a friend around a year ago, have read it several times since, and have recommended it to multiple friends. I highly recommend checking this book out, or check out this video of Keller discussing his book (it’s about 40 minutes of him discussing the book, and then 20 minutes of Q&A). You can also check out his website or read the introductory chapter for free. There’s also a free reader’s guide that mostly provides questions for group discussion.

~ by Jeff on December 9, 2009.

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