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An intelligent, intellectually rigorous examination of why the Christian faith still makes sense in an age of scepticism.

As the pastor of an inner-city church in New York City, Timothy Keller has compiled a list of the most frequently voiced doubts sceptics bring to his church as well as the most important reasons for faith.

In The Reason for God, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason. Keller uses literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity with deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.

©2008 Timothy Keller (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • sam
  • 11-09-2020

I hated the book and the author

It should be named be a Christian! For fucks sake, name your books right!!!
Or mention just for Christians,
because why not, lets just start by proving Jesus is god!
Sureeee It's very compelling!
You are just like a Muslim extremist.
I believe in god by heart, but couldn't finish this bs.

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intellectually stimulating yet not too difficult

I finished this book in a breeze. it's one of those audiobooks which is narrated by the author so it sounds exactly the way it was intended, a calm and honest voice. I think most people would enjoy this book, some might find it challenging as in the book might confront your assumptions, then again so does every good text. And I think all people would learn something or more from it. It's not difficult to get into and understand, it's designed for easy reading, (or in this case listening). it's a 4/5 for story because it's not really a story, yet contains elements of the story of God and like most non fiction books contains short stories or parables to convey a point. It's well worth listening to this one, I give my recommendation

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Not for the faint hearted

Not an easy listen/read. Academic and a bit repetitive in his approach to peoples beliefs.

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Outstanding insights

As a third generation Christian I have found myself somewhat lost in all the jargon and complexities of differing views. Coming across this book has given me much food for thought and I am grateful. I can now move forward and seek God with a fresh perspective.

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excellent in depth addressing of doubts

loved it. addressed doubts I didn't know I had, and the doubts of people I know. I can now discuss their doubts with them with proper responses. loved also how in depth it was.

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One of the Keller Classics - Supremely helpful

Wonderful real life pastoral guidance to genuine, real and heartfealt questions we have all either thought or heard.

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brilliant much more than expected

it is a ispiring book to be or become a Christian. Tim presents its arguments in a simple and compelling way that inspire the reader to reaserch even more. love it. will recomend to christians and non christian friends.

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  • Kevin K.
  • 27-09-2020

For Skeptics and Believers Alike

Loved it. Answers pertinent questions about the Christian faith. Gives a faithful presentation of the true nature of the Gospel. Valuable for both skeptics and believers.

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  • Mike
  • 10-01-2017

One of my favourite books

I initially read this book soon after becoming a Christian and have just listened to the audio version. It was helpful then and is still one of my favourite books. I recommend to non-christians too as the book is really written for you and answers many of the difficult questions we all have with God and religion.

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  • Ed
  • 11-11-2016

Excellent summary of the Christian faith

This is very well laid out and covers all the main objections people think they have about Christianity.

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  • Norman
  • 09-02-2021

Barely Adequate

I have a lot of friends who hold the writings of Keller in high esteem. But when I listen to him or read him, I’m not sure why.
This book is basically a rehash of the ideas of CS Lewis, written around 80 years ago. (At least he is honest enough to admit that). I’ve been reading CS Lewis for 50 years and have always held him in high esteem. But with the passage of time many of his ideas are now a bit dated.
Biblical theology has moved on by leaps and bounds over the last 30 years. We now have a far clearer idea what the Gospel writers were seeking to do, and certainly they weren’t seeking to write literal history. If Keller ignores them, I suspect it’s because he probably is not aware. Like many church pastors, he acquired a certain basic understanding in his early years, and feels no responsibility to continue to study.
I think much becomes clear in the introduction, when he explains that his church regard the Bible as being “infallible“. Elsewhere the word “authoritative“ is used, which may be fair enough, but infallible is pushing it.
Nowhere does he explain exactly what he means by “infallible”, and no where does she provide any sensible rational justification for this belief. Much of the subsequent problems flow out of this. It colours the rest of his thesis.
Overall I’m a bit underwhelmed by the content. Very little is original, and if you don’t have anything to say originally, why bother to write?

It is generally recommended that authors do not read their own books for Audible, but employ a professional performer to do it. Keller has chosen to read it himself. This is barely adequate. I wouldn’t say it’s bad, I’ve heard worse. But he’s not a talented reader. Perhaps a talented reader could’ve resurrected this book from its general turpitude.
Overall I can’t really recommend. I daresay some people will find it useful. But it’s not particularly good.

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  • Oleks GALKA
  • 15-01-2021

reason for god

very interesting book on God. author mentions many ideas on God that I never really thought of it that way. I like the fact Bible scriptures were used and I can relate to it in the Bible. I enjoyed listening to the audible and read the book.

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  • cobby wallace
  • 08-01-2021

OUTSTANDING

Loved it! Truth beautifully unwrapped like a gentle flowing river that never ceases its flow

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  • She
  • 30-08-2020

The wonderful man of God

So wise buts Christian faith in perspective America’s C H Lewis I feel at peace when I listen to him

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-2018

great perspective

excellent perspective. thank you for sharing your wisdom, it touches on various popular debates in religion

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  • John
  • 20-05-2018

A measured and thought provoking exposition

A measured and thought provoking exposition, read by the author. The arguments against the Gospel are presented and answered sensitively and cogently by an experienced pastor.

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  • Jonathan
  • 15-03-2019

A weak case for God

As a non-believer, I found this to be a very weak case for believing in Christianity. Keller jumps to some firm conclusions, describing alternatives as being ‘impossible’ based on very little evidence or even a coherent theory.
This is probably useful for an existing Christian who has some concerns, but a large and helpful dose of confirmation bias. However, it will not move the needle for a non-Christian.

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