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The reason for God

The Reason for God

Tim Keller
Hodder and Stoughton 2009
£8.00 RRP (but £4.00 on 12-12 scheme)

Here is a powerful apologetic for the Christian faith written for Christian and non-Christian alike; or as Tim Keller would categorise people,believers and sceptics alike. At first he encourages both believers and sceptics to look at doubt in a different way; believers need to wrestle with their own doubts to strengthen their faith, and sceptics need to learn to look for a type of faith hidden in their thinking.The book is divided into two parts. The first addresses the most common arguments against Christianity; Keller critiques each argument and gives answers from the Christian perspective.The second part of the book examines seven reasons for believing in Christianity and ends with the gospel message.

This is a great resource for believers in replying to questions and criticisms raised by sceptics. Keller's use of the Bible is complemented by reference to other sources from literature, philosophy and art. I have more confidence about engaging sceptical friend sand family since reading this book. It could also be given to sceptical friends, as it respectfully challenges their beliefs.Reasonable arguments for the Christian faith are made in an engaging and gracious manner.I highly recommend it.

Tolani Oderinde is a clinical medical student at St George's, University of London.

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