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Books on Apologetics

(Defending/Explaining the Christian Faith)

Essential Reading

The Reason for God

The Reason for God
Timothy Keller
Riverhead Books, 2008, 251 pages, paperback
Rating: 5+ stars

OK, color me dazzled. In fact, this book so wowed me that I started this separate category. Keller is telling us how to deal with the difficult questions of very secular people. He knows what he's talking about. He has established a very historically orthodox protestant (presbyterian) church in the heart of NY City which has grown rapidly by attracting secular singles and couples. At this writing the church is mostly young, mostly single, and very committed to spreading the gospel to the secular urban centers of the world (planting churches on every continent).

The book is nothing less than a well-thought out and lovingly composed response to some very hard to answer issues secular people have with Christianity:

  • There can't just be one religion
  • How could a good God allow suffering?
  • Christianity is a straitjacket
  • The Church is responsible for so much injustice
  • How can a loving God send people to Hell?
  • Science has disproved Christianity

Then Keller launches into an equally loving and carefully crafted explanation of the Reasons for Faith, talking about:

  • Clues for God (from common experience)
  • The Knowledge of God (from morality)
  • The Problem of Sin (which secular people must explain also)
  • Religion and the Gospel (the difference)
  • The (true) story of the Cross
  • The Reality of the Resurrection
  • The Dance with God (Christian life)
  • Where do we go from here? (Making the decision)

All of this is done in a profoundly humble, accessible and intellectual manner that does justice to both the questions of outsiders and integrity to the historic understanding of the Faith. Buy it, rent it, borrow it. Do what you must. Just read it.

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