Manhattan Gospel by Louis Markos

Manhattan Gospel

The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
by Timothy Keller
Dutton, 2008
(320 pages, $24.95, hardcover)

reviewed by Louis Markos

Ever since Socrates set up his table in the agora of Athens and challenged his fellow citizens to debate with him the true nature of wisdom, courage, and justice, philosophers have been accused of being naive and impractical disturbers of the peace. Cut off from the real-life concerns of everyday mortals, they live with their heads perpetually in the clouds. Apologetics, inasmuch as it is a branch of philosophy, has borne its own share of criticism from cynics and pragmatists who consider its answers too pat, its reasoning too abstract, and its premise . . .