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An intelligent, intellectually rigorous examination of why the Christian faith still makes sense in an age of scepticism.

As the pastor of an inner-city church in New York City, Timothy Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced doubts sceptics bring to his church as well as the most important reasons for faith.

In The Reason for God, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason. Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.

©2008 Timothy Keller (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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One of my favourite books

I initially read this book soon after becoming a Christian and have just listened to the audio version. It was helpful then and is still one of my favourite books. I recommend to non-christians too as the book is really written for you and answers many of the difficult questions we all have with God and religion.

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  • 11-11-16

Excellent summary of the Christian faith

This is very well laid out and covers all the main objections people think they have about Christianity.

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Barely Adequate

I have a lot of friends who hold the writings of Keller in high esteem. But when I listen to him or read him, I’m not sure why.
This book is basically a rehash of the ideas of CS Lewis, written around 80 years ago. (At least he is honest enough to admit that). I’ve been reading CS Lewis for 50 years and have always held him in high esteem. But with the passage of time many of his ideas are now a bit dated.
Biblical theology has moved on by leaps and bounds over the last 30 years. We now have a far clearer idea what the Gospel writers were seeking to do, and certainly they weren’t seeking to write literal history. If Keller ignores them, I suspect it’s because he probably is not aware. Like many church pastors, he acquired a certain basic understanding in his early years, and feels no responsibility to continue to study.
I think much becomes clear in the introduction, when he explains that his church regard the Bible as being “infallible“. Elsewhere the word “authoritative“ is used, which may be fair enough, but infallible is pushing it.
Nowhere does he explain exactly what he means by “infallible”, and no where does she provide any sensible rational justification for this belief. Much of the subsequent problems flow out of this. It colours the rest of his thesis.
Overall I’m a bit underwhelmed by the content. Very little is original, and if you don’t have anything to say originally, why bother to write?

It is generally recommended that authors do not read their own books for Audible, but employ a professional performer to do it. Keller has chosen to read it himself. This is barely adequate. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, I’ve heard worse. But he’s not a talented reader. Perhaps a talented reader could’ve resurrected this book from its general turpitude.
Overall I can’t really recommend. I daresay some people will find it useful. But it’s not particularly good.

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reason for god

very interesting book on God. author mentions many ideas on God that I never really thought of it that way. I like the fact Bible scriptures were used and I can relate to it in the Bible. I enjoyed listening to the audible and read the book.

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OUTSTANDING

Loved it! Truth beautifully unwrapped like a gentle flowing river that never ceases its flow

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The wonderful man of God

So wise buts Christian faith in perspective America’s C H Lewis I feel at peace when I listen to him

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great perspective

excellent perspective. thank you for sharing your wisdom, it touches on various popular debates in religion

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A measured and thought provoking exposition

A measured and thought provoking exposition, read by the author. The arguments against the Gospel are presented and answered sensitively and cogently by an experienced pastor.

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A weak case for God

As a non-believer, I found this to be a very weak case for believing in Christianity. Keller jumps to some firm conclusions, describing alternatives as being ‘impossible’ based on very little evidence or even a coherent theory.
This is probably useful for an existing Christian who has some concerns, but a large and helpful dose of confirmation bias. However, it will not move the needle for a non-Christian.

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  • 27-09-20

For Skeptics and Believers Alike

Loved it. Answers pertinent questions about the Christian faith. Gives a faithful presentation of the true nature of the Gospel. Valuable for both skeptics and believers.