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The Real Face of Atheism Paperback – September 1, 2004
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"If you are looking for an answer to the greatest question of our time, here is a book that faces it head on."
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Atheism is a world without God. Its true nature-whether disguised in Eastern mysticism or American cynicism-is despair. In this thought-provoking and insightful book, Ravi Zacharias exposes the hopelessness of atheism and explains how a worldview based on belief in God is the key to fulfillment. The Real Face of Atheism systematically examines atheistic positions on human nature, the meaning of life, morality, the "First Cause," death, and more.
"If you are looking for an answer to the greatest question of our time, here is a book that faces it head on. Ravi has intellectual integrity and spiritual perception. His illustrations bring profound concepts within reach and touch both the heart and mind."-Billy Graham
"Ravi Zacharias has a profound understanding of the intellectual struggles a person has in relating to God. I consider Dr. Zacharias one of the great Christian apologists of our time."-Josh McDowell
"Ravi Zacharias is a man singularly gifted to speak to these matters."-R. C. Sproul
"Ravi Zacharias brings with him considerable intellectual strength and theological depth. His background brings him and understanding of cultures and personal acquaintance with other religions."-Jay Kesler
"Ravi Zacharias has a keen mind, a warm heart, a fervent spirit, and a compelling style. In short, he is a great apologist."-D. Stuart Briscoe
Ravi Zacharias is president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is heard worldwide on his radio program, Let My People Think. A former visiting scholar at Cambridge, he has lectured at the world's most prestigious universities and in more than fifty countries. His numerous books include Jesus Among Other Gods and Can Man Live Without God?
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"When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's feet. This morality is by no means self-evident. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole. It stands or falls with faith in God"
Here is what Nietzsche really said
"When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's feet. This morality is by no means self-evident: this point has to be exhibited again and again, despite the English flatheads. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one's hands. Christianity presupposes that man does not know, cannot know, what is good for him, what evil: he believes in God, who alone knows it. Christian morality is a command; its origin is transcendent; it is beyond all criticism, all right to criticism; it has truth only if God is the truth--it stands and falls with faith in God.
As you can see Zacharias has grossly distorted the truth of what Nietzsche was trying to communicate. Shame on you Mr. Zacharias! I am one atheist that you have made more staunch in my atheism. If Christianity makes one more moral, you have shown that to be a lie. All I ask of you is to be intellectually honest with me and you can't even do that, let alone convince me that Christianity is more than a bunch of fairy tales.
Modern theists of the foundationalist sort (as opposed to Catholic theologians, most of whom are better debaters) never really get to the heart of the debate, i.e., the logical critique of theism. Contemporary arguments for the existence of God like these are more deeply flawed than in ancient times (when the absence of scientific knowledge made it more difficult to debate). The postulated existence of a supreme being, for example, has empirically verifiable consequences that are never borne out.
RZ never anticipates atheistic rebuttals to theistic speculation, further exposing his impotence as a debater. I was hoping he might at least propose some answers to the 2300-year-old riddle of Epicurus: "Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
Virtually every one of God's supposed attributes (omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, omnibenevolence) when considered in conjunction, show his alleged existence to be self-contradictory and thus makes the existence of a supreme being not only improbable (given evidential considerations), but rather impossible (given logical considerations).