Keller is intelligent, critical, and well-researched in his arguments for the Christian God. His argument for religion is not self-righteous, but he does not concede any of the Christian moral values.
"the Reason for God" was recommended to me, and then began appearing in my line of sight months following, and I can see why. Most, if not all, of the doubts recognized and remedied, in part, here, will connect with our critically observant society. We want though-out answers, not everyone's soft opinion. Tim offer's a more holistic approach, take-it or leave-it. And in terms of the "Audiobook" version, Tim's tone and rate while reading show just how much experience he has had speaking, very warm, yet still provocative and mentally up-beat.
A very wide overview of Christianity's beliefs, including why they believe what they believe. Though he does represent one camp, it seem as though many of his beliefs have ties to Christianity in general.
I came away from this book with a deeper, more intimate understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ. My inadequacies were revealed and shown the light of day yet Mr.Keller does not leave us there. He shares with us the great hope we have in what the Lord has done for us and just how loved we are.
This is only the second of Mr.Keller's books that I have read (the first being "Prodigal God" which is excellent as well) and each time I come away wanting to purchase a copy for everyone I know, believer and non-believer alike.
Yes. It is a meaningful approach to understanding Who God is and what it means to have a relationship with our Living God
It is not that type of work. The entire book bares memorable moments.
The performance is quite adequate.
This book is revealing, well written and a great deal of provoking thought has gone into this work as is the case with all other works I have read by Keller.. I have yet to be disappointed by anything I have read by keller. this is the third book of Keller's I have read.
Keller takes a very compassionate and loving approach to skeptics and produces a compelling argument supporting TRUTH!!
The audio version of The Reason for God is great for me because I can listen to it when I am driving. I like printed books as well but this is the kind of book that I like to listen to because it gives me something to think about in a short amount of time. I may have to purchase the written form of the book as well to get all the details.
Great work on thoughtful Christianity!
I have not read the print version
The detail in which Tim Keller makes his point
all of it
no as most of the book was thought provoking
I hope Tim Keller continues to write, I will purchase additional books from him
I agree with some of the other reviewers that Mr. Keller does a great job of narration. However I was very disappointed in the arguments for God. I was expecting some real evidence and this book is full of logical fallacies and uses the Bible to prove the Bible. I am less a believer now then prior to reading this book.
I am very unlikely to try another book from Keller. I thought I was getting top notch intellect; I got very heartfelt, but weak perspective.
Reading the reviews of this led me to believe that this was going to be a compelling read of the case for god. While the narrator seems like a genuine person who believes in his causes from the heart and does care about his church and all people (believers or not), the logic used in this book is ultimately very weak.
The biggest argument, his self-stated strongest argument for the existence of god boils down to "god exists because you know god exists." That is painfully bad logic. It might appeal to emotional individuals who want to believe and just want someone to tell them they should, but it will not carry any sway in an argument with a person looking for logical, comprehensive, thoughtful insight.
I need real reasons. I need real evidence and analysis. A few anecdotes of people who say they don't believe and then come to church and then believe doesn't cut it. And the core argument is laughable.
The performance is good. It's genuine and you can tell he cares about his message, even if it's weak.
Honestly, it's fine for those who just want someone to tell them they should believe. In that regard, I'd leave it alone. For anyone looking for real analysis, I'd leave out pretty much the entire book save for a few historical details he includes.
Timothy Keller started and leads the Reformed Church in New York City.
I have listened to dozens of Timothy Keller sermons, and find his reasoning and spiritual insight to be among the most perceptive of the theologians of our day.
Keller discusses issues that are sometimes controversial, and takes a loving, but unashamedly Biblical view on matters. Keller likewise delves into mundane matters, and transforms them with a Christian perspective. I appreciate that Keller is non-biased politically, when speaking or writing from the pulpit, which means you will not find either party endorsed in this book. Instead, Keller encourages political action in a way that will not alienate or divide his congregation. (but these are just a few of the issues he takes on...)
I would mostly recommend this book to someone fairly new to Christianity, or someone who is not a Christian but wants to better understand the Christian argument from the other side.
I would also recommend this book to someone looking to grow as a Christian. I think Timothy Keller would make a good mentor for Christian maturity for some people.
I was disappointed at the lack of any type of evidence whatsoever... Timothy warps his own particular philosophy of Christianity and makes a multitude of assumptions with no backing in the real world. This book doesn't Teach anything, which is always important to me. He picks out random quotes from people most have never heard of and uses many comparisons, mistranslations and assumptions that make no sense and are purposely used to make HIS point.
Just another Christian Philosophy book of the author's own opinion. If you already agree with all his views I'm sure the book would be a pleasant read. Timothy is at least a good narrator.