In 2006, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) held an open forum at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to address the subject: "Has Christianity Failed You?" Tickets were sold for the event and---to the complete surprise of everyone---the event was sold out, with a capacity crowd of over 5,000. People lined up, offering to buy tickets from folks in line for higher prices.
Before the event, an RZIM cameraman walked the streets and asked people if they had rejected the faith they held at one time. One answered that, because of a Christian's rejection of his gay lifestyle, he had done just that. Another answered that she had left her faith because she had fallen into adultery and could never live it down in the church. Others had their own reasons. Some said it was just intellectually untenable in an age of reason. They chose to come to the event to judge if there were adequate answers.
It is estimated that for every one person who writes a letter or attends an event, there are one thousand who agree. If the Atlanta crowd was any indication, the question is real and troubling. Why is it that many live with silent doubt, many leaving the "evangelical fold" for something else? Is there something wrong with the message, the communicator, the hearer...or is it all three? It's time to ask the hard questions of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and why it seems as though God has made it so hard to continue believing. In fact, the son of a prominent U.S. Senator phoned me with that very question: "Why has God made it so hard to believe in Him?" Such skepticism is not just representative of the hostile; it also represents many honest questioners. This book attempts to lay out the response to those within as well as those outside the Christian faith so as to understand what it is we believe and why it is so hard to do so.
©2010 Zondervan (P)2008 Ravi Zacharias
Heard him on the radio while channel surfing. Then had to look him up. This was my first introduction to apologetic s and I feel that it really helped me understand my christian faith even though I have been a Christian for a long time. Shared the information with my 30 year old daughter and her husband and they were amazed on the way he presented the information about defending the Christian faith. If you have an i-tunes account there is a lot of free lectures by him and other apologetics Christian leaders.
My dream job would be reading for a living...
I enjoy Ravi Zacharias immensely. For those interested in apologetics or simply looking for a more conrcrete and systematic understanding of their faith, I would recommend him a million times over. I've learned more about why I believe what I believe from him than any other person other than C.S. Lewis. With that being said, I generally prefer to read these kind of books rather than listen to them. This book has plenty of quotables that I would have underlined or highlighted. With that being said, I most certainly endorse his works. He is such an asset to believers who are intellectual, inquisitive, or looking for answers to the hard questions we all inevitably face.
Not what I expected from the title. I enjoyed listening to Dr. Z but really hoped for a more spiritual content. Definitely worth a listen. Comparative theology, historical evidence, and logical orderly of information are all here to learn from.
This book tackles the false doctrine of health wealth and prosperity and brings the readers or listeners back to the Biblical doctrine and away from Americanized doctrine. Also faces head on the new atheist movement and debunks their theories. Great anointed work. Ravi Zacharias never lets me down!
Ravi writes from an extensive reservoir of knowledge, experience, and authorities. He respectfully addresses real struggles and concerns many face with the Christian faith. Whatever your world view, this book is a must read and provides a framework from which to access your philosophical approach to life.
straight forward truth
The character of the church is starkly revealed.
Dr. Zacharias reads it very well and hearing it in the author's voice is priceless.
There is a wealth of insight regarding logically and coherently assessing Christianity, flaws and all.
I can't speak against the book because it may help those who feel that god has abandoned them or that christianity has failed them as a believer. It is not for those who no longer believe the bible to be true. You have to believe that the bible is the inerrant word of god still, but that people and churches have faltered and caused bitterness in you for this book to be of use. You have to believe scripture for this book to help resolidify your faith, which it may very well do for those who believe. If you are like me though, you once believed but studying the scriptures and then looking at the science changed your mind...you are not bitter, no one angered you, god didn't
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