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About the Author

Ravi Zacharias is President and Founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).  Their global outreach grew from humble roots in 1984 and includes fielding a team of itinerant speakers who operate from offices located around the world including the U.S., the UK, Romania, the Middle East, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canada.  The Hallmark of Ravi’s heart is his strong evangelistic and apologetic that manifests itself from a position of compassion.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; unknown edition (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849945283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849945281
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I personally really enjoyed this book. I found Ravi's arguments compelling and thoughtful. So, I gave a copy of the book to an atheist friend. A few weeks later he returned it with a note that said "You may wish to sow this in more fertile ground."

What's one man's treasure is another man's trash. I believe the best use of this book will be for Christians to read and understand Ravi's arguments, and be prepared to use them in personal discussion with friends and loved ones. Man can't live without God, but men/women who are without God don't realize it.
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After about a hundred years of retreat, Christians are finally storming the gates of academia. While this book is not the place to go for the most complete defense of the Gospel from a philosophical perspective, it is an ideal place for thinking Christians to begin preparing for a dive into the fray.

If you are tired of being treated as an intellectual moron by those antagonistic to Christ, this is where you start. It is not a manual on how to take on non-believers, it is a reminder that our Lord is both intellectually viable and spiritually powerful.

One thing I love about Ravi is that he never descends to the level of those who attack him. He answers questions with love and understanding. There are many intellectual "Christians" these days who exude arrogance and legalism. Ravi is not one of them.

My favorite portion of the book is when Ravi outlines the 4 major questions the atheist has difficulty addressing: Origin, Meaning, Morality and Destiny. These four have stayed with me long after my first reading of it.

Another strength of this book is that it is loaded with quotes from a diverse array of sources. Some might say that is not a good thing. But when you are talking about sharing the Gospel with atheists or other non-believers, using the Bible as your only reference is not always effective in argumentation. Ravi uses dozens of examples from the best atheistic minds out there and allows them to be what he hangs his arguments upon. His use of quotes is masterful.

Finally, I produce a weekly podcast called Christian With A Brain and this book has been a source for more than one of my shows. It seems that no matter how often I find other great books, I routinely make my way back to many of the concepts shared here. Enjoy.
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Despite what many will say about this book, Ravi Zacharias is one of the best writers found within Christianity today. Can man live without God? No. But, sadly enough, there's plenty of people (such as such popular Christianphobics and Godphobics like Dawkins and Sam Harris) out there willing to give it a try. Thus a book like this is both helpful and, sadly, not helpful to Christians such as you and I. It is helpful because, truth be told, not truth made by man but truth brought forth by God, only (as God Himself points out aplenty) a fool could look around and say there is no God. One of the biggest problems with apologetics is that you can have all the proof in the world for such things as Jesus Christ, Intelligent Design, and so forth, but a blind man will still be a blind man if there is no recognition of blindness. And thus the atheist and the humanist sinks deeper and deeper into his own self worship--worshiping himself as his own god because there is no other god but the atheist's/humanist's ego. Worship that involves nihilism dressed as "reasoning," while believing such matrixes as evolution as the Genesis of man.

Still, a work like this by Zacharias helps you and I to realize just how sinful we ourselves are and our sinful the world is. The world around us is filled with poverty, school shootings, war, rumors of war, and so much more--and if the humanists truly bring America into being a secular nation, a nation that is politically correct toward all but Christians (which is what the atheist and the humanist liberal wants to do), then we will indeed see more of these social and global travesties.
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This one of the most significant books of our time. Sharing the Gospel has to be relevant to our time in history. Ravi gives an engaging understanding of God's nature to a very relativistic culture that starves for lack of meaning.
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This is an excellent apologetic summary of theology, religion, faith and rationalism. Cosmology may be more far fetched than theology. Theologians have a difficult time explaining theological truths; it almost is having to lie to tell the truth. Moses was transfigured approaching God and we are as well.
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In 'Can Man Live Without God', Dr. Ravi Zacharias explores what he calls 'the greatest question of our time' - Can Man Live Without God.

It is written for those who are avowedly antitheistic as well as those 'who functionally live as if there were no God and his existence does not matter'.

The author is a philosopher and addresses the question in that manner. He looks at two further questions in answering the main question. These are: 'Does God Exist?' and 'if he does, what is his character or nature?'

Regarding the philosophical questions, he looks at them on three levels. First is the level of theory or the scholarly approach. The second level of philosophy is where questions are addressed in the arts, and the third is 'the kitchen table'. He said that in these questions one must 'argue at level one, ilustrate at level two, and apply at level three'.

In addition to exploring the philosophical questions, the author looks at the practical applications of theism and antitheism and the results of each. He also examines some of the historical and other evidence for Christianity.

If one is interested in looking at issues such as the meaning of life and the other big questions, this is a great place to start.
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