The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
By Timothy Keller
The book we will be reading in June is The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller. Scott will have the books for the June Book Club by Friday, June 8th. The next meeting of the book club will be June 27 at 7:00 PM. We will have six books from the library to share with anyone who wants to come. There are also 14 more that anyone can get through the library system.
PRAISE FOR THE REASON FOR GOD
"It is easy to understand [Timothy Keller's] appeal."
—The New York Times
"In a flood of bestsellers by skeptics and atheists...Keller stands out as an effective counterpoint and defender of the faith. The Reason for God makes a tight, accessible case for reasoned religious belief."
—The Washington Post
"An intellectually compelling case for God."
ABOUT THE REASON FOR GOD
In this apologia for Christian faith, Keller mines material from literary classics, philosophy, anthropology and a multitude of other disciplines to make an intellectually compelling case for God.
Written for skeptics and the believers who love them, the book draws on the author's encounters as founding pastor of New York's booming Redeemer Presbyterian Church. One of Keller's most provocative arguments is that all doubts, however skeptical and cynical they may seem, are really a set of alternate beliefs. Drawing on sources as diverse as 19th-century author Robert Louis Stevenson and contemporary New Testament theologian N.T. Wright, Keller attempts to deconstruct everyone he finds in his way, from the evolutionary psychologist Richard Dawkins to popular author Dan Brown.
The first, shorter part of the book looks at popular arguments against God's existence, while the second builds on general arguments for God to culminate in a sharp focus on the redemptive work of God in Christ. Keller's condensed summaries of arguments for and against theism make the scope of the book overwhelming at times. Nonetheless, it should serve both as testimony to the author's encyclopedic learning and as a compelling overview of the current debate on faith for those who doubt and for those who want to re-evaluate what they believe, and why.