The Christian faith has come under considerable fire lately. Whatever their deficiencies, the so-called "New Atheists" of our day have a firm hold of the popular imagination. Compelled by the popular reception of these Christian detractors, Ravi Zacharias penned The End of Reason. Simultaneously approachable and powerful, The End of Reason is a firm challenge to those who wish to rob the gospel of its credibility, as well as a telling exposé of the "moral bankruptcy" latent within atheism. Far from being a dry academic treatise, The End of Reason is an informative book that you can readily share with your friends and family. It is a book that is written to empower Christians in their daily lives as they encounter daily struggles and challenges. If you are hungry for answers, this book is for you.
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Ravi Zacharias is perhaps the most articulate Christian apologist of our time. In "The End of Reason" he presents an open letter to the American people in response to Sam Harris' poison-penned book, "Letter to a Christian Nation." Whereas Harris' sole intent was to destroy in proposing a world without God, Zacharias' desire is to rebuild and restore the validity and vitality of the Christian faith. This he does in biblical, philosophical, and scientific terms that rise above speculation and mere opinion. Although his arguments are heavy at times, he does not take us so deep into intellectual thought that the laymen is unable to understand what he has to say. The author's own rise to faith (Hinduism to Atheism to Christianity) well qualifies him to address the quest for the meaning to life. His own failed suicide attempt was used by the Lord to bring him to Christ. Therefore, he makes an impassioned plea for his readers to consider the hope to be found in his Savior as well. Zacharias argues that Harris and his fellow-atheists, in spite of their hollow shouting, will not win the day. Using Europe as a contemporary example, godless secularism even now is proving to be no match for another foe to biblical Christianity, the rise of radical Islam. Sounding eerily prophetic (this book was released in 2008), Zacharias writes, "In the end, America's choice will be between Islam and Jesus Christ. History will prove before long the truth of this contention." It is essential to remember that man has been created in the image of God and is, therefore, a moral being. The boisterous cries of modern atheism come from toothless lions. The more imminent threat to the Christian faith is already arising from a counterfeit religious system with a god who is the antithesis of the God of the Bible.
Great thoughts about Christian faith coming from a great man. I pray that God will continue to use him in equipping the next generation of Christian thinkers to expel the foolishness of this world. God bless you Ravi :D
Dr. Zacharias is one of my heroes and here he has written a short but powerful response to Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation. Dr. Zacharias makes excellent points and backs up everything he says. He exposes the hopelessness and bankruptcy of the so-called "free-thinkers". I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with their faith or struggling with doubts due to reading Mr. Harris' book.
Anyone reading this book will learn quickly how Ravi progresses through a topic. This book gives the reader an opportunity to learn ideas that can help when confronted with athiestic views. It is a challenging book in that we can use information to formulate answers to questions of who we are, where we come from and most importantly who God is. All these things can be found in the Bible, but Ravi has a way to overlay the historic with contemporary ideas.
Let it be known that I love Mr. Zacharias' previous works, yet this book is far too concise and incomplete and also too "off topic" for one to read and be absolutely assured of one's faith in God. The first question of "Where we come from?" is inadequately answered. It would have been better if Ravi simply utilized a Presuppositional Apologetic and carried each presupposition to its logical conclusion since this is exactly what Ravi quickly does in dismissing the Materialists for not having an answer for the beginning and moves to its inconsistencies in application. He misapplies the argument of chance in that in a given eternity the chance of something occurring is possible regardless of its improbability. Just like our faithful predecessors, no one has or should even attempt to disprove another's theory on the beginning of origins (since finite experience does not lend oneself to this knowledge) but one merely asserts such and moves from that premise.Although I find Mr. Harris' comments repulsive, Ravi sadly also uses the same methods he criticizes Mr. Harris of committing in appealing to emotion and carrying on with hypothetic and/or true personal examples.This book is clearly Ravi's personal grudge against Harris in his attack of Mr. Harris' obvious lack of knowledge and unconcern with moral issues. Although these may be true they serve no purpose in the dismantling an argument. It would have been more helpful to the reader if Ravi simply addressed the atheist's premises in a more formal manner and demonstrated their contradictions.
Ravi is one of this church age great Christian thinkers and conservative theologian. Although I haven't finished the book I am intrigued by his effort to refute one of the many forces of evil against God and His infallible truth. Thus far a very good book, try it...
Ravi's response to Sam Harris is knowledgeable and intelligible. He makes Sam Harris to be more of an emotional force than a smart and educated source. The irony is on Sam Harris! This book is a quick read for any person of faith or skepticism. A must have for libraries and for Christians.
It did not disappoint me at all. Ravi Zacharias, sometimes mentioned as shallow or to populist by my apologist friends, is really making some bold statement against hate sowing atheists. Very readable, very profound very thought provoking. A very, very good book!