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The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists | [Ravi Zacharias]

The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists

In The End of Reason, Zacharias underscores the dependability of the Bible along with his belief in the power and goodness of God. He confidently refutes Harris's claims that God is nothing more than a figment of one's imagination and that Christians regularly practice intolerance and hatred around the globe.
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When you pray, are you talking to a God who exists? Or is God nothing more than your "imaginary friend", like a playmate contrived by a lonely and imaginative child?

When author Sam Harris attacked Christianity in Letter to a Christian Nation, reviewers called the book "marvelous" and a generation of readers - hundreds of thousands of them - were drawn to his message. Deeply troubled, Dr. Ravi Zacharias knew that he had to respond.

In The End of Reason, Zacharias underscores the dependability of the Bible along with his belief in the power and goodness of God. He confidently refutes Harris's claims that God is nothing more than a figment of one's imagination and that Christians regularly practice intolerance and hatred around the globe.

If you found Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation compelling, this audiobook is exactly what you need. Dr. Zacharias exposes "the utter bankruptcy of this worldview." And if you haven't read Harris' book, Ravi's response remains a powerful, passionate, irrefutably sound set of arguments for Christian thought. The clarity and hope in these words will reach out to listeners who know and follow God as well as to those who reject God.

©2008 Ravi Zacharias (P)2010 Zondervan

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    Amazon Customer Alexandria, VA, United States 02-15-13
    Amazon Customer Alexandria, VA, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Reason must be reasonable"
    Would you listen to The End of Reason again? Why?

    The End of Reason is a very effective rebuttal to the hypocritical and tyrannical stances of those who rabidly spew verbal waste in their quest of reviling a God that they don't want to exist. They can inflict no harm to God himself so they seek dictatorial and tyrannical methods akin to Pol Pot, Hitler, and Stalin on those who believe to attempt to quite them and those who correctly refuse to accept their empty, false and delusional stance. Ravi Zacharias brings reason while the opposition regardless of the soundness of his rebuttal, will refuse sound thinking and reason.


    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Martin Lincoln, NE, United States 07-03-12
    Martin Lincoln, NE, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    What made the experience of listening to The End of Reason the most enjoyable?

    Ravi is fabulous in exposing the new atheism as bogus.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Facts that are accessible and persuasive.


    10 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Poulsbo, WA 06-18-12
    Sandy Poulsbo, WA 06-18-12
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    "Ravi books are always good."
    What made the experience of listening to The End of Reason the most enjoyable?

    I'm only half way through the book but I'm very pleased. The author is one of my favorites.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He allowed me to multitask. I could listen as I do dishes or fold laundry. My Husband listened with me as well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    9 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    C. A. Milus United States 01-14-13
    C. A. Milus United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Exposes New Athesim for what it is - Hate"

    Ravi does a fantastic job of pointing out a great many facts that atheists seem to want to forget or only paint half stories about, such as Hitler being a Catholic, which assuredly is not telling the whole story.


    'The difference between someone who "calls" himself or herself a Christian and yet kills and slaughters and an atheist who does the same thing is that the Christian is acting in violation of his or her own belief, while the atheist's action is the legitimate outworking of his or her belief.'

    Ravi quotes atheists such as Peter Singer (professor of philosophy at Princeton) who believes that "a pig is of more value than a child who has a disability" to point out the heartless results of a Godless civilization. And atheist Sam Harris "If I had a magic wand with which to eradicate either religion or rape, I would choose to eradicate religion." Simply lays bare the insane hypocrisy of the new atheism movement and it's religious leaders.


    The hypocrisy and bigotry of "new atheism" and their disciples is thoroughly brought to light as Ravi Zacharias does a amazing job just stating reality to you as it is today and historically.

    The book is one of the best apologetic books I've listened to and is one that every person of any religion should read - very powerful and honest.

    6 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Lexi Charlotte, NC, United States 01-03-13
    Lexi Charlotte, NC, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    What disappointed you about The End of Reason?

    I heard Ravi talk at my High School back in the early 90s and so I thought he would provide insight to the Atheists of today. However he plays the emotional card often. He started to lose me when he said that the logical end of atheism lead him to attempt suicide, sorry but give me a break. Then he introduced Hitler as an atheist, had he done a simple google search will show that Hitler was raised Catholic and in his writings shows that he believes he is carrying out God's will. The moral compass question came up over and over and over again the fact that Atheists have no moral compass, however they probably process morality day-to-day the same way we Christians do: by considering their actions, weighing the consequences, and deciding whether they are doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.

    I really wanted better ammunition to discuss God with atheist but this did not help.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ravi Zacharias again?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope


    13 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    DME 06-06-12
    DME 06-06-12
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    "Brilliant Writer and Apollogist, Intolerants Hate"

    I loved listening to Ravi's messages online and just had to get one of his books.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Winston D. Jen 06-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Chock Full of Lies, Deceit and Emotional Manipulat"

    I listened to this audiobook twice before writing this review (it's only about 150 minutes long).

    The book begins with a disingenuous foreword from Lee Strobel, whose "magnum opus", The Case for Faith, has already been thoroughly debunked. Not only does Strobel have a strong vested interest in Christianity, but apologists like Zacharias and Craig would lose their livelihoods if they lost their faiths.

    For a full refutation of Strobel's work, simply google "case against faith."

    There is no evidence for Christianity outside of the bible, theologians and New Testament "historians." I would trust them no more than I would trust Muslim apologists.

    Ravi opens his "case" with an emotional tug, introducing us to a fictional case study about how atheism can lead to pain, suffering, family breakups and suicide. Wow. His only saving grace here is his clarification that his story is indeed completely fabricated.

    He touches briefly on the Problem of Evil and Suffering, ONCE AGAIN IGNORING the definitions of "omnipotence" and "omniscience." He presents the example of CIPA - Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, with Anhydrosis. Doesn't he believe in heaven? Will we be suffering in heaven? If not, then this planet, this life is just a soul-filter for his deity.

    Free will is no excuse - if god exists, then he valued Ted Bundy's free will more than that of his victims.

    He then attacks Harris' statement on eradicating religion before rape. Well, eliminating religion would certainly reduce the rape rate. Just take these verses from the "good" book:

    Genesis 34:31: Dinah's brothers, to justify the massacre of a town for the rape of their sister, say: "Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?"

    And how DARE Ravi equate atheism with paedopillia and eugenics!? Without a single solid quote (save Peter Singer's) to back this up!?

    He equates the ENTIRE sex industry with human trafficking. Unsurprising that such a socially fascistic conservative is also so Puritanical.

    36 of 148 people found this review helpful
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    Ronny Mandal Oslo, Norway 11-04-13
    Ronny Mandal Oslo, Norway 11-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "What a waste, disappointment and embarrassment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A christian who are angry at the "atheists" (as a whole, homogeneous group) and wants to sit in an echo chamber listening to a book which confirms his delusion.


    Has The End of Reason turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definitely. I felt that I had to read this after reading "A Letter to a Christian Nation" by Harris. I regret buying this, and would rather demand my money back.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Loud and clear. His voice turned more dramatic as the pages were turn. This might create an effect on some readers which really would've suck in the information.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of Reason?

    I would have issued a warning every 15 minutes, that this book is best read without a functioning brain.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    1 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    "Refutes? Where's the concrete evidence?"

    What a nightmare.

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    "Very good arguments"

    An amazing book by Mr Zacharias, replete of excellent arguments. A must read/listen to whoever you are!

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