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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

By Timothy Keller, Penguin Books, 2009

July, 2010

I just finished reading Tim Keller’s book, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Very well written. Provocative. Well-reasoned. Challenging. Convincing. Inclusive. Thorough. Keller asks and addresses such common questions as,

· “Why does God allow suffering in the world?”

· “How could a loving God send people to Hell?”

· “Why isn’t Christianity more inclusive?”

· “Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?”

· “Why have so many wars been fought in the name of God?”

· “Can you really take the Bible literally?”

Pastor Tim Keller is a friend of skeptics, unbelievers, and doubters, who form the core of his Manhattan congregation, and writes as a best friend would write to his friend… with compassion, respect, reason, and conviction. His primary audience has been New Yorkers for the past 20+ years. A tough crowd to convince, much less to have a reasonable conversation with about God and religion. But his experience imbues his writing and he succeeds in addressing each common objection or question that people have with sensitivity, and with all the nuanced complexity that each issue demands. I highly recommend it as an engaging primer for non-believers or new believers to understand the whys, whats, hows and therefores of the Christian faith. I’m planning to buy several copies and give them away. It's that good.

I also highly recommend it for Christians. It will challenge you to rethink why you believe what you believe and will make you the stronger for it. It will give you much deeper insight into the breathtaking brilliance of your faith that will leave you coming away saying, “wow, what an amazing faith.”

By the way… those of you running an Alpha course—this is a great companion!

* Use this book as a Book Discussion.


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