As a dad, I’m faced with all sorts of questions ranging from “Are we there yet?” to “Can I have (another) snack?” Then there’s the one word question that every dad must face…”Why?” The inevitable answer? “Because I said so.”
That answer might work in parenting…okay I don’t know if it works or not, but it’s at least allowed…but it doesn’t work in every area of life. There are some questions that demand more than a “because I said so” answer.
In the book The Reason for God, Tim Keller provides a solid framework for why belief in God is rational and logical. In the first part of the book, he addresses some of the common concerns/questions that skeptics have about belief in God. These include: how a good God could allow suffering in the world, there can’t be just one religion and why would a good God send people to hell?
In the second half of the book, Keller moves from defending the Christian faith to arguing for it. He addresses clues of God’s existence, the problem of sin and the reliability of the Bible’s accounts of Jesus.
As a pastor, I highly recommend this book. Whether you are a skeptic who is seeking to explore the validity of the Christian faith or if you are a Christian who would like to solidify your faith, The Reason for God will challenge your doubts and will strengthen your understanding of Christianity.
I’ll even add that I think this is a must read for believers. I think Christians sometimes settle into the “because I said so” argument…or at least the “because the Bible says so” argument. The problem with this, of course, is that this kind of argument doesn’t respect or begin to answer a skeptic’s questions. The Reason for God provides the believer with some solid answers and explanations for Christian faith.
Here’s a quick clip of Keller discussing why he wrote the book and who it’s for.
You can buy the book at amazon.com.
Below, I’ve embedded two videos of talks that Tim Keller gave on this subject. Both of them are lengthy, but will give you an overview of the ideas in the book. The first was made before the book was published and took place at the University of California, Berkley.
The second video was given at Google’s headquarters. The format is similar to the first video, but in this video, Keller is discussing the book itself.