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A synopsis of Timothy Keller's "The reason for God: Belief in an age of scepticism'"

The reason for God is a work of Christian apologetics, remarkable for the fact that Keller manages to include in it most of the arguments for Christianity that are current among reasonably educated Christians today, and in Part 2 to add some (to me, at any rate) less familiar but trenchant and convincing theology.  I wrote the synopsis that is located here largely as a guide for myself, as the book's capacious nature makes it hard to take in at one read.

Notes from Philip Yancey's "The question that never goes away"

I recently read Yancey's book The question that never goes away: What is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain? (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2013). I found the book helpful, and what follow are simply notes of things that struck me as I read it. I found the book helpful, and the notes are offered with the thought that others may find it (the book, not my notes) helpful too. The notes don't hang together particularly coherently (and they certainly don't form a synopsis of the book), and they offer no ultimate answer to the title question 'What is God up to in a world of such tragedy and pain?' It is, as Yancey's title has it, 'the question that never goes away'.
Numbers in parentheses are page references to the 2013 paperback edition.
Skeptics pounce on each major catastrophe as if it put the final nail in the coffin of faith: how could a good God possibly allow such a calamity? There is a touch of irony here: the question would not occur to a co…