The Reason For God: Belief In An Age Of Skepticism
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A New York Times bestseller people can believe in--by a pioneer of the new urban Christians (Christianity Today) and the C.S. Lewis for the 21st century (Newsweek).

Timothy Keller, the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics, and even ardent believers, have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations, and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics, he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.

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Timothy Keller sets forth Christian convictions as the Church sees them, not as seekers in Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Eastern religions sense the pull of the Great Mysteries of Faith. Keller’s position is thorough and consistent in his excellent detailing of Christian tradition’s Reasons for God. That still leaves the “God Concept” behind the personified God open for interpretation by every seeker.
Keller poses questions, then answers them according to the trusted documents, traditions, interpretations, and spokespersons by which orthodox Christianity measures the concepts it holds most holy. Though faced with the common shortage of transcendent understanding reached only by tapping into the realm of Spirit, Keller’s human reasoning delivers a solid foundation for traditional belief in this new age. His methods and conclusions are personal and honest, He writes as though content with his understandings, a posture that distances him from the legions of spiritual seekers he dubs “secular skeptics.”
Keller’s research bias, interpretations, and selection of resources corral what for many is a persuasive case for his theology. He honors the best of it as he builds a cohesive and satisfying case for earthbound minds. Others will wish him well as they lay themselves open to the wounds, enlightenment, adventure, and newness of life in the Mystery of Spirit.
The Reason for God gives a new measure of clarity to the church’s arguments for having a god, and for seeking him. Keller does this well. If his method has a shortcoming, it lies in not attaching enough significance to the metaphorical significances beyond focal events; the Cross, the Resurrection, etc. It is because so many on the route to faith are stopped, caught up in the drama of events that they don’t see them as directives, like road signs, directives to move beyond them.
The events of the Cross and Resurrection serve as keys to locks. In pondering them, we turn the keys. But if we remain standing there, with our attention on the keys, we get stuck high-centered in mysteries, in the case of the cross, an ugly mystery of pain, blood, and death. But if we open the door and pass through, the metaphorical impact of that sacrifice is freed to engulf us in a storm-surge of Spiritual purpose. The purpose and teaching of those events is what it’s all about. The event is meant to grab, not hold our attention. We are called to part the curtains of events to understand what lies behind and beyond. Our attention must be focused beyond the church’s significant images.
When Keller envisions religious faith and secular skepticism at the discussion table, he uses the Church’s label for what it sees as opposition; “Secular Skepticism,” a chilly label. That body views itself under warmer lights, one being SBNR, or Spiritual But Not Religious. In a world that needs unity, I see a problem when a voice for the traditional Church sets itself apart from “others” who see the same holy mysteries through different sets of God-given lenses.
The Reason for God is a worthwhile read. No matter where you are in the spiritual spectrum, Keller will make you think. This clear statement of one body’s conception of the Great Mysteries can’t help but stir readers’ questions about their own positions.