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An Excellent Work Dealing with Atheism,
This review is from: A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism (Paperback)
Reading some of the other reviews before reading this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Having now read the book, I can see that most of the negative reviews were nonsense. There is no "vitriol" against atheists. Anyone who refers to this work as a "diatribe" probably does not know the definition of that word. Instead, Zacharias engages in a very gentlemanly deconstruction of the logical bases for atheism, one which is tinged more with the spirit of the Harvard debating society than it is the spirit of Vox Day. Neither is Nietzsche the only atheist with whom Zacharias deals. Indeed, the reviewers who said that probably never got past the first chapter (which is where the author deals with Nietzsche and the effect which his philosophies had on the 20th century). If you actually read the entire work all the way through, it seems that the author refers to and cites Bertrand Russell more than he does Nietzsche.
This work is a class act. It is geared towards the lay intellectual - someone well-read and intelligent enough to grasp and understand important philosophical concepts, but yet who hasn't had the "formal" training of acquiring a degree in philosophy from a major university. Ravi Zacharias has a way of forcing atheistic arguments to be seen to their logical conclusions without coming off as using cheap rhetorical tricks to force a reductio ad absurdam. Chapters 2-5, in which he addresses each logical conclusion of atheistic speculation concerning (respectively) origins, morality, the purpose of life, and hope or hopelessness in the face of death, are masterfully done, and I especially enjoyed them. The whole work, however, is well worth the money.