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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.

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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: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Very helpful to use along side the video series, or with the book, in your discussion group.
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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
-and more.
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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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitcavis on March 25, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 4Choice 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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By Hillbilly on February 9, 2013
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Tim Keller does a great job of answering some of the age old questions and objections regarding Christianity. He definitely puts it in a context that the average person today would understand. I think it will especially appeal to younger people. I am age 60 and I liked it. I think his church is primarily comprised of younger, smart, urban dwellers and he seems to really have a gift for speaking to them. He makes a very persuasive, logical case for Christianity. Perhaps the best point he makes is that even supposed non-faith, agnostic, or atheist positions are in fact based on faith. For instance, the person who says four blind people approaching an elephant might describe an elephant as being four different things depending on whether they grabbed the trunk, the tail, a leg, or an ear; is in a sense saying, “I am the one person who sees clearly. I really know what the elephant looks like.” That same person might also say, “I know the truth and the truth is that all roads/faiths/religions lead to God.” That person is in fact making a faith statement. It just doesn’t appear to be one. No living person can by mere reason or scientific evidence establish the fact that in fact all the world’s religions lead to the same place hereafter. If you are going to look down on people of faith, please have the honesty to admit that you are a person of faith as well. If you’re an unbeliever in Christianity, your faith assumes that there is no God. My faith assumes that there is. My belief though is not an intellectually inferior position to yours.
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