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The Reason for God | [Timothy Keller]

The Reason for God

The End of Faith. The God Delusion. God Is Not Great. Letter to a Christian Nation. Best seller lists are filled with doubters. But what happens when you actually doubt your doubts?
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The End of Faith. The God Delusion. God Is Not Great. Letter to a Christian Nation. Best seller lists are filled with doubters. But what happens when you actually doubt your doubts?

©2008 Timothy Keller; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Michael Holland, MI, USA 03-10-09
    Michael Holland, MI, USA 03-10-09
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    "The Rocky Balboa of Apologetics"

    Keller is masterful at conveying the heart of Christianity. Entrenched in ministry in NYC, he's certainly the seeker's saint. He does an EXCEPTIONAL job of defending his faith in a way which would not (in my opinion) make others defensive about theirs. While not dumping anything down, he delivers a message which is concise, meaningful, effective and ENGAGING.

    A GREAT listen filled with anecdotal stories, high theology and historical facts. Would recommend it to both battle-hardened apologists who have forgotten WHY they do what they do, and to seekers who have no basis for Truth. Not the biggest or most comprehensive evangelistic works out there, but certainly the one with the biggest heart!

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 05-01-13
    Daniel Lindenwold, NJ, United States 05-01-13
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    "Unrivaled Apologetics"
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    I know.. a good child of God should never compare, but this is far superior to any defense I've ever read by Stroebl, Piper, or Yancey (my favorite writer). As the pages were being read, I became overwhelmingly sad.. sad that I couldn't possible retain all the points being made to memory.. sad that I had so many audiobooks on my wishlist and couldn't just listen to this one over and over again.. sad that not even a meaningful fraction of this planet's inhabitants will ever read or listen to this book.
    Having read all that Hitchens and Dawkins (atheist writers) have to say, this sub-6-hour listen puts every major argument to rest with the subtle efficiency of Keller's brilliant prose.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 03-15-10
    Lisa 03-15-10
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    "WOW!"

    WOW! I am (almost) speechless! This has got to be my FAVorite read in the last year!! Tim Keller is the strong bridge between the dichotomy of super intelligent (head) and super lover (heart)! Listening to him read his own words made it so personal - I felt as though we were having a deep and meaningful conversation over coffee in a comfortable cafe somewhere in the city. Again, I say, "WOW!" - ANY person, regardless of creed or religion would benefit from diving into the "deep-end" with this very thoughtful, very intelligent man! Thank you, Mr. Keller - you are well-read, respectful, and incredibly gracious!! And thank you, Audible, for making this so accessible! It is one I will listen to over and over again - and suggest to ALL my friends!

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    Harry Flemming Island, FL, United States 09-27-10
    Harry Flemming Island, FL, United States 09-27-10
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    "Soli Deo gloria!"

    Tim Keller does an excellent job in this book. His love for the congregation clearly comes out. I only disagree on some doctrines that I do not consider critical to one's walk as a Christian. Read his chapter on forgiveness - excellent. It has helped my wife as well as myself with family struggles.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Zacharyb34 11-04-10
    Zacharyb34 11-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "C.S. Lewis for the Postmodern"

    Lewis wrote to deal with Modernism, Keller writes for postmodernism. Keller offers a unique and loving approach to explain the conflict of theism and atheism.

    Keller is not as deep as C.S. Lewis but makes up for it with heart. A most excellent read!

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    Tommy Tuscaloosa, AL, USA 11-03-09
    Tommy Tuscaloosa, AL, USA 11-03-09
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    "Insightful material"

    Timothy has an excellent reading voice. Also I appreciated his ability to take complex material with a clear, critical eye. His philosophy education was shown throughout the book.

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    Jerry San Antonio, Texas, United States 02-02-12
    Jerry San Antonio, Texas, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent book, destined to be one of my favorites"
    If you could sum up The Reason for God in three words, what would they be?

    Makes perfect sense


    What other book might you compare The Reason for God to and why?

    Mere Christianity, Case for Christ series


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He is a very animated speaker - as a reader he could be better, sound more live - but love the whole thing!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, more a study book, to hear slowly, and then a few more times. Boght the Kindle book as well, will probalby order the hard cover copy - great to study and to lend. [Can't lend the audio files nor the kindle files-yet)


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to strengthen their personal faith, gain a broader perspective about Christianity, and have answers to give to others of why you're a believer.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    smt cleveland, oh 01-08-13
    smt cleveland, oh 01-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Heartfelt, but ultimately unconvincing"
    Would you try another book from Timothy Keller and/or Timothy Keller?

    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.


    What could Timothy Keller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What three words best describe Timothy Keller’s performance?

    The performance is good. It's genuine and you can tell he cares about his message, even if it's weak.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Reason for God?

    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.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William Venice, CA, United States 11-16-10
    William Venice, CA, United States 11-16-10
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    "A thoughtful essay from a true intellectual"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jaci Bryan 06-02-14
    Jaci Bryan 06-02-14
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    "A Modern-Day CS Lewis"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; it has all the philosophical points of CS Lewis's Mere Christianity, but is easier to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Keller is obviously influenced by CS Lewis's works; he even admits it himself. If you like CS Lewis, you'll like Keller. His writing is simply easier to relate to for a modern audience.

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