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Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message Paperback – February 6, 2002
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When Pope John Paul II called for a massive "new evangelization" of Asia during a November 1999 visit to India, his comments sparked protest from Hindus for whom proselytizing is a form of oppression. The debate underscored the sharp difference between Western creeds such as Christianity and Islam, which tend to be exclusive, and Eastern religions that stress pluralism. This collision forms a fascinating story line, and on that basis Zacharias's new work is superficially intriguing. Zacharias, a Christian apologist who grew up in India, does offer the occasional insight into Eastern religions. He claims that despite the current Hollywood romance with Buddhism as a simple faith of compassion, in most forms Buddhism is actually a complex system, featuring 227 disciplinary rules for men and 311 for women. Yet for the most part, Zacharias is in dialogue here not with Eastern religions but with Western skeptics. He seeks to settle old scores with Darwin and Hume, resurrecting tired debates over the nature of evil and the argument from design without adding anything new to the discussion. His theodicy will be convincing only to committed Christians, and his use of scripture is entirely uncritical (he points out grammatical and textual difficulties in the Koran without even mentioning analogous difficulties in the Bible). There are touching flashes of humanity as Zacharias describes suffering people he has encountered, but on the whole he does little to advance inter-religious conversation. (Aug.)
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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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Also, the author is a deep-thinking intellectual, and I have to admit, a lot of what he says and writes goes over the top of my head.
Our postmodern culture poses many tough questions. Can one determine spiritual truth? Are all religions equally valid? Aren’t all religions fundamentally the same? Don’t Buddha, Mohammed and Jesus all represent different paths to the same God? In a culture such as this, how does one communicate the message of Jesus Christ, who claims to be the way, the truth and the life? Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias addresses these tough questions of our day.
Zacharias tests the claims of Jesus Christ over and against the claims of other religions, presenting the clear differences between the claims of Christ and the claims of other religious leaders. In each chapter, the author considers a unique question that Jesus addressed and compares it to the claims of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. One of the best chapters addresses the existence of evil and suffering. This book is an important defense of the uniqueness of the Christian message. In “Jesus Among Other Gods,” Zacharias demonstrates that he is one of today’s most gifted apologists for the Christian faith.