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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2008

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    I received Ravi Zacharias¿ newest book, The End of Reason: A Response To The New Atheists in the mail yesterday. I must say, pitting Zacharias against the new atheists is an unfair fight. Zacharias is going to dismantle the arguments placed before him with ease. It¿s like punching an infant in the face. They¿re defenseless. I was able to read it in just under two hours. That is how little it takes Zacharias to show atheism for what it truly is¿a bankrupt philosophy. Weighing in at a mere 144 pages, anyone with a Venti coffee from Starbucks and a cookie can easily read through the book in very little time and grasp the weighty arguments posited in the book. Much like C.S. Lewis¿ radio addresses served as a rebuttal to Bertand Russell¿s Why I Am Not a Christian during World War II, The End of Reason serves as a direct rebuttal to Sam Harris¿s book, Letter to a Christian Nation. As atheism has been wildly popular as of late, Zacharias has been called upon by universities, churches, and now a publisher to present a reasoned rebuttal to the vitriol that Harris and his ilk have been spewing vehemently for the better part of three years now. As I read Sam Harris¿s books, The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation, I felt as though I was being dragged through a vortex of emotion¿from incredulity to outrage to a deep sadness. I wondered if anything was too sacred for him to mock. I bristled against the unvarnished disrespect, distortion, and illogicality of his thoughts that combined to reject any belief in God¿His is a ¿take no prisoners¿ style¿both fists flailing in an attempt to hi every conceivable expression of religion, Christianity in particular. It is to this which Zacahrias felt compelled to respond. Taking apart atheistic claims for origins of life, meaning, morality, and hope, Zacharias presents the weakness of their position and shows why Christianity is not merely a answer among many to the questions of life, but the answer to the questions of life. He exposes Harris¿s dialectic as a smoke and mirror act that appeals more to the emotions than it does to the rational, thinking person. He also reveals atheists to be guilty of the close-mindedness they accuse religious people of having. Harris spends the later portion of the book positing several reasons why it is more reasonable to believe in God, specifically the God of the Bible. Beginning with the argument for belief in God, he traces his way to Christ as God in the flesh. The End of Reason is an important book. It is not the only book that takes the new atheism to task, but it is extremely accessible and informative. This book provides the Christian with valuable talking points to engage the well-spoken atheists who call into question everything about belief in a transcendent power. You owe it to yourself to check this book out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Typical Ravi - it's a good thing!

    Ravi¿s response to Sam Harris¿ bestselling ¿Letter to a Christian Nation¿ offers the in-depth explanation anyone familiar with Ravi¿s teaching would expect. It is a challenge to be able to read Ravi¿s work one time through and soak it all in ... almost an impossible challenge. Sometimes the circular responsive rationale seems to echo the original misinformation. However, woven between the philosophy lessons are nuggets of distinct truth which are invaluable to understanding one¿s faith. Ravi makes the statement in his prologue that Harris has enjoyed success, like so many other books in America, ¿more because of its controversial nature than because of any real substance.¿ How unfortunately true and perhaps a good basis for the title of this letter/book ... ¿The End of Reason.¿ Ravi goes on to counter Harris¿ claims piece by piece pulling resources from his education, personal experience and in the power of the Word. I¿m glad Christianity has Ravi on this side of the divisive argument. Ravi systematically lays out the reciprocal and logical side of the atheist argument but, ultimately, it is up to every individual to make his/her own decision on what to believe. Ravi is highly educated and at times, the tone of his argument may be interpreted as defensive rather than stating the facts and letting the reader make a choice. Jesus had a radical approach to delivering His message ... we should learn likewise. Here is the Truth - which can set you free - which can give you abundant life. Choose wisely.

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