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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Reprint edition (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330479
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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From the Back Cover

This Discussion Guide and accompanying DVD (sold separately) will help you and your group learn how to engage others in dialogue on six common objections to Christianity. Whether in a group setting or individual conversation, The Reason for God is a resource for what to say in response to these objections, and a model for how to say it.

[Session Titles] *Discussion 1. Isn't the Bible a Myth? Hasn't Science Disproved Christianity? *Discussion 2. How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God? What About Other Religions? *Discussion 3. What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life? Why Are There So Many Rules? *Discussion 4. Why Does God Allow Suffering? Why Is There So Much Evil in the World? *Discussion 5. Why Is the Church Responsible for So Much Injustice? Why Are Christians Such Hypocrites? *Discussion 6. How Can God Be Full of Love and Wrath at the Same Time? How Can God Send Good People to Hell?

About the Author

Timothy Keller is the founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God. He has also mentored young urban church planters and pastors in New York and other cities through Redeemer City to City, which has helped launch over 200 churches in 35 global cities to date.


More About the Author

TIMOTHY KELLER was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular attendees at five services, a host of daughter churches, and is planting churches in large cities throughout the world. He is the author of COUNTERFEIT GODS, THE PRODIGAL GOD, and the New York Times bestseller THE REASON FOR GOD.

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Very much like a modern day C.S. Lewis.
Jakestone
Tim Keller does a great job of answering some of the age old questions and objections regarding Christianity.
Hillbilly
Condenced the book and was a good companion to the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on January 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Looming in front of New York is the Statue of Liberty. The mighty lady hold's a torch of freedom as it has welcomed countless people to America. Engraved on the statue's pedestal is a poem called "The New Colossus." And a different colossus looms over truth, history, and human purpose: God. And in New Yorker Tim Keller's DVD and Study Guide "The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism," one discovers a fine popular work that is an outstanding tool that will enlighten believers, doubters, and skeptics. This volume examines many common objections to Christianity while it supplies potent reasons for Christian theism.

DVD plus Discussion guide
- Isn't the Bible a Myth? Hasn't Science Disproved Christianity? Discussion
- How Can You Say There Is Only One Way to God? What About Other Religions? Discussion
- What Gives You the Right to Tell Me How to Live My Life? Why Are There So Many Rules? Discussion
- Why Does God Allow Suffering? Why Is There So Much Evil in the World? Discussion
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Some objections Timothy Keller helps the reader solve:

- Is there one exclusive way to God?
- Why does God Allow Suffering?
- Why has the Christian Church practiced so much that has been non-Christian?
- Is hell real and is it fair?
- Has modern science disproved Christianity?
- Is the Bible God's word?

In "The Reason for God" one discovers a helpful resource that provides an essential guide to pursue worldview formation; learning how to rightly think through issues as you find out how to share truth with non-believers. He deals with a wide variety of objections, nonetheless he cannot cover them all in great depth, but Keller gives the reader a simple but powerful ground to grow in discernment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitcavis on March 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
Provides pretty good commentary for the questions...will aid the discussion leader who wants to generate conversation after watching the DVD. The commentary helps understand the DVD conversations - however, the book by the same title will be needed if you want to train people / or learn yourself...how to have a conversation / apologetic conversation with someone who is indeed struggling with one of this barriers to the Christian faith...
This is a C.S. Lewis "Lite" type book - and much easier for a lay person, or one not wanting anything too philosophical. If you have C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity or Abolition of Man, this may not add anything new to the subject. The DVD however, presents conversations with people who are struggling and that it rather helpful.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Wolf on November 26, 2010
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Keller demonstrates the keenest insight into today's post-modern worldview. His genius is in his ability to dismantle the "tolerance/relativistic" worldview on their terms. He brilliantly reveals how secular worldviews are in fact more intolerant than the Christian view. He does all of this using examples of social justice, beauty, art, and other things that are typically key values to post-moderns. Only after he deconstructs the silly and self-righteous does he bring in scripture. One specific jewel I took away from this book was his exposition of the classic example of 4 blind men encountering an elephant. The analogy is supposed to prove that truth is based on your perspective, but the teller of the example is omniscient--able to see the entire elephant. This is not reality. Humans on earth are all blind and groping about. There is only one Being who can step back and see it all.

This is not your typical Christian worldview book. I say that I can't believe that this guy is 60, because his depth of understanding--and his ability to communicate that understanding--of the 2010 thirty year old post-modern mind dwarfs the hippest, coolest glasses-wearing self-acclaimed thinker (christian or secular) I have encountered to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Investor on October 7, 2013
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Part way thru this book, used in a Sunday evening class at church, I realized the ideas had been taken from I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FAITH TO BE AN ATHEIST by Geisler and Turek which I found more enlightening. The video that goes with this book is good as a way to learn how to refute the ideas people will use as arguments in your evangelism, but there is more useful science and philosophy in Turek's book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By overbybr on December 28, 2012
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I got this for a discussion in my small group at church and it was very well received. Not only does it facilitate discussion of hot-button topics in regard to Christianity, but it provides some valuable insight in how to host a healthy discussion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on May 18, 2014
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Hits all the right chords. Good primer for delving deeper into the Gospel. I thought the DVD was a bit shallow compared with the book.
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"I have read some great reviews about this book. I needed it for my personal growth. Therefore, I am excited to say this book by Pastor Tim Keller stretches the mind. We must put on our thinking caps to process what the author is saying and there is nothing wrong with that. Keller not only challenges the reader but brings to the forefront realistic thinking for skeptics of the Bible or as the title says, "The Reason For God"! I thoroughly recommend this book even though I have not finished it."
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By penguinboy on December 27, 2010
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Why write a book about Christianity? After all, the vast majority of Americans already consider themselves Christians, and skeptics are unlikely to be swayed by hearing the same arguments they've heard before. But The Reason for God is not out to prove Christianity. Rather, it is a process of self-examination. We are encouraged to doubt, and to understand the alternate beliefs upon which doubt rests. To help us explore these doubts, Timothy Keller elucidates the Christian point of view as Christians see it, not as skeptics, Muslims, Jews, or Hindus might seek to represent it. It is a window into the thought process that fuels a Christian's faith. The book is called The Reason for God, not "the proof for God," for a reason. Keller does not provide hard evidence for his belief, but through his reasoning we come to see why he believes, and on the path to understanding, the "why" is nearly as important as the question, "is it true?"

Keller is the founder of a new series of churches in Manhattan. Why select one of the most urbanized, modernized, youthful, and skeptical cities in America to form a church? Keller puts it like this: "We have come to a cultural moment in which both skeptics and believers feel their existence is threatened because both secular skepticism and religious faith are on the rise in significant, powerful ways. We have neither the Western Christendom of the past nor the secular, religionless society that was predicted for the future" (xv). New York stands at the crossroads of a society where religion is paradoxically both booming and failing, and Keller's church is a bold attempt at a third way for religion.

In this land of cynics and skeptics that is New York City, the author finds himself faced with doubters and their persistent questions.
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