Keller, Timothy. The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism. New York: Dutton, 2008. 293 pp.
I am, in many ways, an apologetics junkie. I love the various aspects, topics, issues, styles, methods, approaches, insights, and personalities of Christian apologetics. Like anyone, I have my favorite apologists. The Apostle Paul is certainly one; St. Augustine another. Thomas Aquinas is high up on my list, as is Thomas Sherlocke. In the 20th century, James Warwick Montgomery, Josh McDowell, Lee Strobel, Gary Habermas, and William Lane Craig have been apologetic heroes. But my absolute favorite 20th-century apologist is indubitably C. S. Lewis – not because I agree with him about everything, but because he is a masterful communicator, and because his basic approaches to apologetic questions is both sound and winsome. Lewis was a genius at grasping complex theological truths and communicating them in terms that everyone could comprehend. Lewis was a master wordsmith who took pride in the craft of creating beautiful prose, even in argumentative form. Lewis also understood the mind and heart of the non-Christian, and engaged them in their terms on their turf – very effectively at that.
In all of those ways, I tend to hold up Timothy Keller as a 21st-century C. S. Lewis. Like Lewis, Keller is a broad reader, with deep understanding of the theological truths of the faith as well as the mind of the non-Christian. Like Lewis, Keller loves learning and language, and crafts lovely literature. In this next series of blog posts, I intend to interact with two of Keller’s most prominent apologetic works: his 2008 The Reason for God, and his 2016 Making Sense of God. I will have three blog posts on each book: this post covers the first half of the first half (yes, the repetition was deliberate) of The Reason for God.