Book of the Month – The Reason for God
The best book I read in the month of February was The Reason for God by Timothy Keller. This was my first book by Keller and I was very impressed. I was a philosophy major in college and this primer on apologetics really hit my sweet spot. Keller is the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which puts him on the front lines of the cultural battle for the mind.
The book is divided into two sections. The first section, The Leap of Doubt, focuses on the questions that atheists and seekers pose to Christianity. Issues of Jesus as the only way, science over faith, why there is suffering, and hell are all discussed. Keller does a masterful job framing the argument and providing strong reasons to believe in the God of the Bible. In my opinion this first section is the better of the two divisions of the book.
Section two, The Reasons for Faith, is also very good but from a believer’s viewpoint, he was “preaching to the choir.” I can imagine that for the agnostic, atheist, or for someone unfamiliar to Christian doctrine that this portion of the book would be compelling. In it Keller discusses sin, the cross, the resurrection, and frames it all in what he calls the “dance” of God.
This book is fabulous. I cannot recommend it enough for those on either side of the tightrope of faith. It has easily become my “go to” book for an atheist who is sincerely open to new and fresh ideas about the existence of God and the validity of the Bible. In a world where the new atheists like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have sent titles to the top of the New York Times bestseller list, it is refreshing to see a Christian thinker send a title from the other side to that list as well.