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4.0 out of 5 stars 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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Initial post: Aug 25, 2015 11:46:24 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2016 3:56:52 PM PST
Anonymous says:
"A Reasoned Faith"

Nah. A contradiction in terms.

"dismiss it out of hand"

Of course. It's just another book of apologetics. They are all dismissed as ridiculous.

"the irrationality of religion"

Belief without evidence is irrational.

"the Biblical worldview"

Hilarious. It's just another book of mythology.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2015 12:44:26 PM PST
Jackson C says:
The Bible defines "faith" as the convictions of things unseen. If you believe in something that you have not observed, then you have faith. Sorry lad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2016 7:13:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2016 7:26:20 PM PDT
J.B. says:
Faith is defined differently. The passage you are using from comes from the Greek, the philosophers language. If you care to look up the definition there you would begin to see that "faith" is much more common then you might care to affirm. It is a strong persuasion built upon some evidence. If there is no evidence, no reason for the belief than certainly it would be foolishness. Science doesn't have all evidence or all knowledge on any given subject, but it is a way of ascertaining building evidence to form a hypothesis and hopefully arriving at some workable facts, but would you declare it comes up with absolute truth? If not you are still dealing in the area of faith in what you do know, what is workable and testable, but this doesn't tell you everything..hence a strong persuasion or faith in your level of testing and observation at any given moment. Consider a microscope or a telescope how much can we see today compared with what we will see tomorrow? Is what you are seeing today completely accurate? Science believes in things it cannot fully see or understand. Think about it
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