Thank you for giving me the appetite to learn how to give stronger answers to support my Christian faith. This book has given me flexibility in responding to difficult questions, and the confidence of being a witness for the word of God. I am half way through my second read.
Ravi Zacharias is perhaps the most articulate Christian apologist of our time. In "The End of Reason" he presents an open letter to the American people in response to Sam Harris' poison-penned book, "Letter to a Christian Nation." Whereas Harris' sole intent was to destroy in proposing a world without God, Zacharias' desire is to rebuild and restore the validity and vitality of the Christian faith. This he does in biblical, philosophical, and scientific terms that rise above speculation and mere opinion. Although his arguments are heavy at times, he does not take us so deep into intellectual thought that the laymen is unable to understand what he has to say. The author's own rise to faith (Hinduism to Atheism to Christianity) well qualifies him to address the quest for the meaning to life. His own failed suicide attempt was used by the Lord to bring him to Christ. Therefore, he makes an impassioned plea for his readers to consider the hope to be found in his Savior as well. Zacharias argues that Harris and his fellow-atheists, in spite of their hollow shouting, will not win the day. Using Europe as a contemporary example, godless secularism even now is proving to be no match for another foe to biblical Christianity, the rise of radical Islam. Sounding eerily prophetic (this book was released in 2008), Zacharias writes, "In the end, America's choice will be between Islam and Jesus Christ. History will prove before long the truth of this contention." It is essential to remember that man has been created in the image of God and is, therefore, a moral being. The boisterous cries of modern atheism come from toothless lions. The more imminent threat to the Christian faith is already arising from a counterfeit religious system with a god who is the antithesis of the God of the Bible.