Mark’s #13 – The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

New York City pastor and founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Tim Keller, has regularly engaged skeptics of faith in general and Christianity in particular.  In The Reason for God, Keller compiles decades worth of intellectual engagement with these skeptics to put forth a great introduction and defense for the Christian faith.  What C.S. Lewis did for the people of the 1940’s through Mere Christianity, Keller does for the modern mind and modern objections to Christianity.

Recently at The Harbor, we read and discussed this book in our monthly Apologia meeting.  Though this was the second time we’ve read this group, I once again benefitted from the read.  In part one, Keller addresses the most common and difficult objections people have, such as;

  1. There can’t be just one true religion.
  2. How could a good God allow suffering?
  3. Christianity is a straitjacket
  4. The church is responsible for so much injustice
  5. How can a loving God send people to Hell?
  6. Science has disproved Christianity
  7. You can’t take the Bible literally

After dealing with these objections, in part two Keller goes from the defensive to the offensive, in presenting the evidence he sees as compelling ‘clues of God’.  These include points such as design, beauty, longing, morality, the purpose of the Cross, and the reality of the bodily resurrection of Christ.

While I didn’t agree with every point Keller put forth, overall I would highly recommend this book for both Christians and non-Christians alike.

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