There are probably fewer people who have more understanding of the depth of that struggle and the difficulties in communicating across that polarized gap than Timothy Keller. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. Well, if your neighbor accidentally ran into your wall and it wasn't covered by insurance, someone would have to pay for the damages. In The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, gives readers “a distillation of the many conversations I’ve had with doubters over the years.”  The work is divided, in its first half, as “a pathway that many… Christians have taken through doubt,” titled, The Leap of Doubt (chap. Author Name: Timothy J. Keller. Please see your welcome email for exclusions and details. I thought that Keller argued this viewpoint incredibly well. Keller takes the reader on a journey, encouraging them to seek tr. This is a wonderful book for skeptics. The following ISBNs are associated with this title: Sign up to get exclusive offers, the best in books & more.Plus, enjoy 10% off your next online purchase over $50.†. Conversations sometimes reach a point where we can only look at each other from a distance as over a river raging with spring melt. So even if you forgave you, This is one of those, "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" books. Tim Keller's The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (TRG, hereafter) is the result of the many questions about God and Christianity pastor Keller has received over the years during his time at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York. The book deals with all the common questions skeptics ask like : "There can't just be one true religion, How could a good God allow suffering...," and more. Ever since I learned that this books was named the 2008 Book of the Year by World Magazine, I've wanted to read it. Would you recommend this product to a friend? Keller is a great thinker and follows in the footsteps of Christian intellectuals like C.S. Get instant access to all your favorite books. “If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn't rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? Refresh and try again. i didn't pick up this book to make fun of it. Full Book Name: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. Here’s my three-sentence summary of this book if you don’t care to read the following rant: Keller essentially says, “Yah, Christian beliefs about the nature of things are unprovable, but so are yours. In my own life, I want to build relationships with "those people" on the other side of so many issues that matter most to me. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. There are differences between us that I suspect we both pray over in our own ways. Still, I want to be engaged in these differences. Okay, my heart almost goes out to these guys. Download books for free. This book is a must read for the Christian! Many in the world (including well-educated people) are also joining orthodox communities with sincerity. Free Pickup in as Little as Three Hours, Free shipping on orders over $35. New books! Try Google Play Audiobooks today! It invokes critical rationality or critical rationalism at "Intermission" as a method of stating arguments for God and belief in Part 2, "The Reasons for Faith". Shop Online & Pick Up Today. The God Delusion. Keller's ability to wade through deep theological and philosophical topics and present them in such a clear and understandable way allows readers of all types to engage fully with such weighty topics. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. This is book three in my quest to find a good explanation of the Christian faith. Skip to main content.sg. I actually picked it for a group read with some friends, having read Keller before and been impressed by him. Anything outside of his "expertise" is met with derision and ignorance. Start by marking “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism” as Want to Read: Error rating book. It is much more an apologetic and reasoned argument than it is sermonic. I liked this book a lot, because it gives a fundamentalist perspective (primarily based on the idea that the Bible is the literal world of God, or Bible inerrancy)....and it was great to see that so clearly defined. I also loved how Keller so brilliantly included the personal testimonies of so many of the people he has gotten to know through his church in Manhattan that have come from so many different backgrounds to provide perspectives that a lot of readers would not be aware of. But in mitigation, I can now see that Christianity is so very very difficult to explain without drifting off into shimmery two-shakes-of-Four-Quartets-and-a-dash-of-Revelations language that my heart goes out to these guys who take on this task. I was actually as excited to get it as I am with any non fiction book. I've never been so thankful for a book out of sheer gratitude for its existence than I, This was the first book I read as a Christian - I mean - after I became born again in the summer of 2011, I picked up this book, which had been sitting on my shelf for the past four years collecting dust, and prayed over it: 'God, please teach me.' Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. Still, I want to be engaged in these differences. Hello Select your address All Hello, Sign in. As a new believer - who at that point didn't even own a Bible! The book is perfect for anyone yearning to listen to a Christian answer to seven fundamental doubts that people express about Christianity (the first part of the book) and to an intelligent and compassionate Christian's defense of his Bible-based faith. Keller's book came recommended by virtually every thinking Christian I know, billed as the theological answer to recent mass-market agnosticism. The first half of his book, written for skeptics, is very soft on logical/rational arguments. Finally one you can give a friend and not be embarrassed about any overly didactic preaching. When compared to the well educated writings of Bonhoeffer, Kant, Satre, Anselm, Dawkins, Aquinas this book is woefully lacking. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism (2008), American pastor and theologian Timothy J. Keller’s non-fiction Christian-themed book, seeks to highlight and address various criticisms of Christianity posed by skeptics in an effort to counter them. Timothy Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. There are much better texts on theology, ethics, belief in a god or gods. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism: Keller, Timothy: 9781594483493: Books - Amazon.ca His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. 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. I found this book resonated well with the New York City/urban audience it was written for, in the easy-to-read style of a conversation, and with ample research to use as a springboard to keep reading into. Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, … You may unsubscribe at any time. The first half of his book, written for skeptics, is very soft on logical/rational arguments. (At least, this was the case around 2008. - I was embarking through a piece of theological work that was to help formulate my life thenceforth. If you have these sorts of questions, please please pick up this book. Cart All. I thought I can read books online without me buying it. Had every good intention of liking this book as it was recommended (gifted, in fact) by a friend whose intellect I respect. Jesus' miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.”. We’d love your help. The antagonism between "sides" that dominates most public discussions related to faith yields too few attempts at mutual understanding and produces even fewer solutions. Established in 1989 with an initial attendance of about 50, this church now draws some 5000 listeners each Sunday. However, our beliefs are still better because they give us reasons to do good, along with warm fuzzies; Yours don’t, see?”, This was the first book I read as a Christian - I mean - after I became born again in the summer of 2011, I picked up this book, which had been sitting on my shelf for the past four years collecting dust, and prayed over it: 'God, please teach me.' Keller's book came recommended by virtually every thinking Christian I know, billed as the theological answer to recent mass-market agnosticism. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism Timothy Keller Using literature, philosophy, anthropology, pop culture, and intellectual reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. As a new believer - who at that point didn't even own a Bible! Fewer adjectives probably describe the present age better than polarized. Fine for believers, but he won't win converts from among rationalists with arguments like that. “God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior.”. Prime Cart. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Keller, Timothy J.. at the best online prices at eBay! I might add, it read as you would expect a privileged and sheltered American new age preacher would write. This is a wonderful book for skeptics. I might add, it read as you would expect a privileged and sheltered American new age preacher would write. ISBN # 9780340979334. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. I started reading this book because I started attending one of the Redeemer churches in NYC which Keller refers to founding in this book. His response to evolution (a whopping two and a half pages), for example, is to say that if you pin him down, he believes in the process.