This book is a thoughtful essay. It was well written because it was carefully thought! I appreciate it when a thoughtful man is able to articulate what I think but am unable to find the words to express.
While I am a fan of Christian apologists like Ravi Zacharias, I found Keller to be just as brilliant, and the description of the Trium God in the last chapter was the most moving and beautiful thing I had read in a long time. I hope before I die, to shake the hand of this great teacher! (If not, I plan to meet him in the Restored Creation!)
This book picked up where Mere Christianity left off, addressing a more modern, rational, and even skeptical audience. Like Lewis, Keller moves from arguments for deism to an argument for a very specific and compelling type of Christian theology and doctrine. The book is farther reaching than Mere Christianity in that it is meant to address more general concerns of secular critics of Christianity. The book was appealing to me because I am a skeptic with many many Christian friends and relatives.
Keller admits the weaknesses in the arguments for Christianity, but also shows how these weaknesses are inherent in rational/skeptical perspectives on reality as well. He then sets forth the weaknesses that skepticism has which Christianity does not have. He builds up from there with appealing probabilistic arguments.
Keller's performance is clear, focused, and easy to follow. He comes across as very compassionate and understanding of all perspectives. It is not at all surprising that he is a very successful pastor.
Sections that stood out to me were his "clues for God" section, his reasonable explanations of major doctrines like sin and hell, and finally his discussion regarding the relational nature of belief in Jesus as The Christ.
Overall, I found the book persuasive and incredibly well-written. Due to the philosophical and theological depth, I will likely be re-reading this book again in the future. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the subject.
Awesome read for those who want a logical approach to faith in God. I would recommend it especially for Christians who have doubts about their faith, they will get an abundance of reasoning and evidence!!
Keller does a phanominal job breaking down the reason for God. A non-argumentative form of apologetics which appeals to reason alongside faith and not afraid to admit though truths to hard questions
While I don't believe that anyone has ever been argued into faith, anyone willing to explore the rational and logical proofs that our faith is real will find this book to be profound. It clearly and systematically exposes that the "secular wisdom and logic" that repudiates the Christian faith and doctrine is consistently shallow and weak.
This is a wonderful book to give to anyone who loves apologetics or those intellectually seeking or exploring their faith. Without question it has the ability to be a life changer.
As a Christian, this book bolstered my faith by providing me with solid evidence for God's existence. As Keller explains in The Reason for God, no single argument will ever be 100% bullet proof to the critic's scrutiny. However, the sum of them is compelling. Timothy's use of stories and examples provide a platform from which to relate. Timothy kept me interested enough to listen to it twice, the second time taking notes. Highly recommended to Christians, critics, and those who are seeking the solution to the void in their life.
Such a wonderful way of approaching skepticism about the Christian faith. Tim keller's narration of his own text really reveals the father's heart of love towards the lost. a must read for any Christian
Very thought provoking. Basis supported by the Bible.
Explains a difficult subject as simply as can be.