On the Reason for God: A book reivew

For the past two years I’ve been reading my share about the relationship between science and theology. Knowing that I needed to broaden the scope of my reading, I sought the reading list at BioLogos for guidance. Seeing The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Rev. Tim Keller available at the local library, the choice was easy.

Using his experience with skeptics and those who have wondered away from Christianity during his pastoral time in Manhattan, Rev. Keller realizes both the growth in skepticism and the danger of today’s polarizing aspects of religion.

To me, Rev. Keller’s intended audience includes believers, skeptics, and those struggling with their faith. The book’s first half focuses on reason for doubt, with the second half on reasons for believing. Whereas the book may make headway with some skeptics, I imagine many skeptics dismissing Keller’s efforts as they seek more than the intent this book provides.

On the other hand, Rev. Keller’s intertwines his experiences with the words of C.S. Lewis and Jonathan Edwards to strengthen the faith and spiritual understanding of believers and those struggling. He strengthen my believe in the resurrection as the power behind the life that we hope for lies ahead, while reaffirming my belief that Christianity does not bind my life with a straightjacket.

A Reason for God also strengthened my interface between science and theology by not forcing a choice, but by realizing how science and theology work together in life today. Even though the book does not center on this area, Rev. Keller writes the following:

If we believe God exists, then our view of the universe gives us a basis for believing that cognitive faculties work, since God could make us able to form true beliefs and knowledge. If we believe in God, then the Big Bang is not mysterious, nor the fine tuning of the universe, nor the regularities of nature. All the things that we see make perfect sense.

Yes, Rev. Keller’s A Reason for God was a worthwhile read for  me and will be for many other – but we may differ on what it provides to us.