As Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, a C.S. Lewis fan, and an admitted "egghead" philosopher, Keller has eagerly engaged inquirers, skeptics, strugglers, and critics for many years and is uniquely qualified to write this 2-part book. The first half, entitled, "The Leap of Doubt," tackles seven questions often raised against Christianity:
- There can't be just one true religion
- How could a good God allow suffering?
- Christianity is a straitjacket
- The church is responsible for so much injustice
- How can a loving God send people to hell?
- Science has disproved Christianity
- You can't take the Bible literally
"People, we believe, ought not to suffer, be excluded, die of hunger, or oppression. But the evolutionary mechanism of natural selection depends on death, destruction, and violence of the strong against the weak--these things are all perfectly natural. On what basis, then, does the atheist judge the natural world to be horribly wrong, unfair, and unjust? ...If you are sure that this natural world is unjust and filled with evil, you are assuming the reality of some extra-natural (or supernatural) standard by which you make your judgment."Part two, entitled the "The Reasons for Faith," methodically works it way toward Jesus Christ and the hope Christian faith offers:
- The clues of God
- The knowledge of God
- The problem of sin
- Religion and the Gospel
- The (true) story of the cross
- The reality of the resurrection
- The dance of God
- Epilogue: Where do we go from here?
"Religion operates on the principle 'I obey--therefore I am accepted by God.' But the operating principle of the gospel is 'I am accepted by God through what Christ has done--therefore I obey.' Two people living their lives on the basis of these two different principles may site next to each other in the church pew. They both pray, give money generously, and are loyal and faithful to their family and church, trying to live decent lives. However, they do so out of two radically different motivations, in two radically different spiritual identities, and the result is two radically different kinds of lives."The Reason for God is an instant classic. As a narrative, it draws you in. As a dialogue, it makes you think and allows you to draw you own conclusions. Above all, it lifts up an orthodox view of God and gives good reasons to believe.