Why Tim Keller Wrote a Prequel to ‘The Reason for God’

Matt Smethurst | September 20, 2016


Wait, another Tim Keller book for skeptics? Really?

Well, yes. 

In Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical (Viking) [20 quotes | review], Keller offers a prequel to his bestselling The Reason for God (2008). Whereas that book assumed interest in a rational case for the faith, Making Sense of God doesn’t. It starts farther back. 

Christianity makes more “emotional, cultural, and rational” sense of our lived experience than any alternative worldview, Keller has long insisted. In The Reason for God, he made the rational case. In this volume, he tackles the other two.

I spoke with Keller—pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, vice president of The Gospel Coalition, and master of the endnote (652 in this volume)—about new “apologetic” issues in the West, the faith of secularism, the ubiquitous harm principle, and more. 


Over the last 20 years in the West, what are the biggest shifts in topics and questions most relevant to “pre-evangelism”? What convinced you this sort of book was needed as opposed to simply leaving it at The Reason for God

The main shift seems to be that sexuality, same-sex marriage, and gender are now “apologetics” issues. That wasn’t the case 20 years ago. They didn’t come…


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