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Can Man Live Without God Paperback – August 30, 2004
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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Certainly one of the best apologetics books I have read. Ravi Zacharias combines an incredible intellect with a gentle spirit as he presents his defense of the Christian faith.Published 1 month ago by J. R. Fawcett
Ravi is a brilliant man. Some of his books can be difficult to understand because of the rules of logic and reason he must use to support his arguments. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RLR
While I did not purchase this book on Amazon; I have reviewed it basically by studying online the works of Ravi and understanding that we are a culture are not doing well... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Timmy Zionfriend
Essential reading for those who are asking themselves this question first to ground themselves in the truth and then to speak it in love to a world that has lost its story.Published 9 months ago by D. Paul