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A Reasoned Faith
, May 2, 2012
This review is from: The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists (Hardcover)
I knew before I sat down to write this review that the judgment this book received would be polarizing. You can pretty much bet that the majority of the reviews would be split between one star and five stars. A quick survey of the rating provides just such a result. Atheists hate it and dismiss it out of hand. Christians love it and give it the perfect rating. The truth about the book falls between these two positions.
The book is nothing more than a response to Sam Harris and his anti-religion publications. With a broad brush, Harris outlines what he believes to be the irrationality of religion and calls on people to leave faith behind. Ravi Zacharias penned this book as a response to those assertions. His stated purpose is quite clear. Christianity is not an untenable position for a reasoned person to hold. He works through many of Harris' charges to expose the flawed logic which appear sound on the surface but fail to hold up under scrutiny. Did Zacharias accomplish his goal?
The book succeeds in large part by providing Christians with confidence that the Biblical worldview is not without support. Drawing on the fields of philosphy, science, logic, and history Zacharias shows that there is another side to the argument. While not delving into great depth on any issue, the author does raise important points which are handled in more depth by other authors. This is a general overview rather than a specific point by point dismanteling of Harris. It serves as a good introduction to the subject - not too technical in its language but weighty in its ideas. A good read.
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