Feb 20

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, Tim Keller ????

I typically don’t read recently published books, but many people recommended this book, and so I felt it deserved a quick read. It is an argument for belief in God, written by a pastor, and thus has a very pastoral feel to it, rather than a seasoned and sealed argument that one might find from the pen of a philosopher, such as Francis Schaeffer. Keller is the Pastor of Resurrection Presbyterian Church in NYC, and much of the book entails conversations and questions asked by members of his congregation. Keller quotes CS Lewis in every chapter, and his argument has a strong flavor of CS Lewis. The book is divided into two parts, the first being an argument for the existence of God against the common accusations, such as, science has disproved God, the Bible could not possibly be accurate, aren’t all relgions correct and lead to God, how could Christianity be true and yet the Christian church so evil, how could God and evil both exist, etc., etc. The second part is more an appeal to the reasonableness of faith, including reasons why Christianity offers the best answers to the dilemmas of man, such as sin, evil, value, morality, and meaning in life. The books’ strongest chapter is the last and is not even titled a chapter, but Epilogue-Where do We Go from Here, where Keller argues for a move of each individual, Christian and skeptic alike, to the call of the Cross and resurrection  of Christ.

 

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