Title: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism

Date Completed: 11/16/09

Author(s): Timothy Keller

Copyright: 2008, Penguin Group

# pages: 240

Genre: Religion

 Religion is a very personal, very emotional topic, so it is with eyes wide open that I venture into this topic.  My job is to share the books I read with you so that we can work together to raise money to provide kids with books.  That means that I have to be bold enough to share my reading choices, and you have to be bold enough to take the journey with me. 

 Having said that, I’m going to do my best to tell you what the book is about, not what my personal feelings are about the book.  In the spirit of full disclosure, this is not a book that I would normally select for myself.  It was given to me by a friend who thought I would find it interesting – and she was right.

 I would categorize this book as an academic look at God.  The author, a pastor at a Presbyterian Church in New York, is trying to build a case for why each of the reasons that people give for not believing in God is not valid.  He uses logic, history, and anecdotal evidence to provide an argument against each of the reasons.  Some of the topics he tackles are:

  • How Could a Good God Allow Suffering?
  • The Church is Responsible for So Much Injustice
  • How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell?

 After addressing the common reasons against religion, he turns to the other side of the coin and makes the arguments for why you should believe in Christianity.  In this section he covers a lot of the basics of the Bible, building his case for the supporting evidence that God is real.

 Overall, I found the book very interesting.  It gave me a lot to think about and changed my mind on a couple of things.  I didn’t feel like I was being preached to – more like a case was being laid out for me and it is up to me to decide which side of the case to fall on.