Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism by Timothy Keller

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Scepticism by Timothy Keller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kellers apologia for the Christian faith is broken into two parts. The first looks at common objections to Christianity and attempts to answer them. The answers are not necessarily new but he does point out that behind every objection there is a corresponding belief that should really be examined to determine whether it is in fact reasonable. He covers seven topics:

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

The second section looks at reasons to believe Christianity. He describes them as clues that piece together to form a cumulative case for Christianity.

Keller writes in an engaging manner and shows respect for the skeptic. Much of the book has obviously grown out of his interaction with skeptics and seekers in New York City. This book would be a good choice to give to people investigating Christianity. I plan on getting a copy to give away to one such friend myself.

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