Thursday, November 10, 2016

Review: Can Man Live Without God by Ravi Zacharias

Synopsis: In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God's existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God's existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth. (from the online description)

Review: Ravi Zacharias is perhaps the foremost Christian apologetics of the current age. This book is a written transcript, edited for readability, of his many lectures on the nature of Christianity. Zacharias's work is intellectual, but accessible to someone who isn't well studied in philosophy or ethics. While he tends to wander, and it may take him a few chapters to get to his original point, but every paragraph is worth reading. He moves the reader through a philosophical look at some of the questions against Christianity and how to logically counter those questions.
But rather than expound on the details, I’ve included a collection of my favorite quotes from the book: 

“Antitheism provides every reason to be immoral and is bereft of any objective point of reference with which to condemn any choice. “ pg 32

“If life itself is purposeless, ethics falls into disarray. As Dostoevsky said, if God is dead everything is justifiable.” Pg. 39
“That scrutiny in search of truth is demanded before one submits to the  claims of any religion. But here is the point: Why is that same scrutiny not given to the thinking that directs a life lived without God? In short, where is antitheism when it hurts?” Pg. 50
I say to you with emphasis that the older you get, the more it takes to fill our heart with wonder, and only God is big enough to do that.” Pg. 89
The answer is both subtle and daring. The fundamental problem Jesus was exposing to Pilate and to the world is not the paucy of available truth; it is more often the hypocrisy of our search. Truthfulness in the heart, said Jesus, precedes truth in the objective realm. Intent is prior to content. The most provocative statement Jesus made during that penetrating conversation was that the truthfulness or falsity of an individual’s heart was revealed by that person’s response to Him. The implication was uncompromising. He was, and is, the truth. What you do with Him reveals more about you than it does about Him.” Pg. 98
“Realistically, what passes for love today would be more aptly described as self-gratification or indulgence.” Pg.  105
“Once  true love is understood, the world is opened up to a heartwarming truth. Love and sacrifice go together, and in the spending of love is the enriching of the spirit. The more one consumes love selfishly, the more wretched and impoverished one becomes.” Pg. 107
“D.H. Lawrence was right when he said the deepest hunger of the human heart goes beyond love – Jesus called that “beyond” worship. And Wolfe was right: there is that sense of cosmic loneliness apart from God. Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly” (John 10: 10 NKJV). In Christ that loneliness is conquered as the hungers of the human heart are met and the struggles of the intellect are answered.” Pg. 112
“It is absolutely imperative to understand that when an antagonist of the Christian faith poses a question of the Christian, he or she must, in turn, be willing first to justify the questions within the context of his or her own presuppositions. Second, he or she must also answer the question on the basis of those presuppositions. In other words, the questioner is also obliged to answer the same question. An attitude that says, “You can’t answer my question, and therefore I can believe whatever I want to believe, “ is intellectual hypocrisy.” Pg. 126

Bookmarks: 7 of 10

Awards: None

ISBN: 0-8499-3943-7
Year Published: 1994
Date Finished: 10-7-2016
Pages: 219

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