Meet Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias stood behind a podium at the University of Iowa not to long ago, in an auditorium packed with college students, graduate students, and professors. Some in the audience were Christians; many were not. All were intellectuals immersed in a culture of rampant religious skepticism.

A student representative cleared his throat and addressed five questions to Mr. Zacharias: "One: What is the meaning of life? Two: How can we know that the Christian God even exists? Three: If the Christian God is all-powerful and all-good, how can he allow such injustices as the Holocaust or various natural disasters to occur? Four: How can we know that the resurrection of Jesus Christ really occurred? Five: Christians claim that only those who place their faith in Jesus of Nazareth will obtain salvation. How can this be fair to the millions of good people both in the historical past and in the world today that are Hindus or Moslems or atheists?" — excerpt paraphrased from an audio sermon on the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Web site

For many Christians, the idea of wrestling with such questions in front of unbelievers is the stuff of nightmares. For Zacharias, it is a typical day on the job. This mediated discussion — like those he’s engaged in at Harvard, Princeton, and other universities — is an ideal forum for his philosophically reasoned approach to evangelism, and a golden opportunity to publicly defend the gospel. "For some people," he explains, "the door to the heart is through the window of the mind." (Marriage Partnership magazine)

Ravi Zacharias is an evangelical Christian apologist and evangelist. He is also the author of twenty books, including Can Man Live Without God? (his second book), which was awarded the Gold Medallion for best book in the category of doctrine and theology. Many of his books have been translated into Russian, Chinese, Thai, and Korean, among other langauges. Also by Zacharias: Jesus Among Other Gods, nominated for a Gold Medallion; Walking from East to West, The Grand Weaver, and Beyond Opinion. His latest books are The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists and New Birth or Rebirth: Jesus Talks to Krishna. His book, Kingdoms at War: Points of Tension Between Islam and Christianity, is scheduled to be released in 2009.

Ravi is also the president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and visiting professor of apologetics and evangelism at Wycliffe Hall of Oxford. He is also the host of a weekly radio broadcast, “Let My People Think” and his weekday program “Just Thinking.” He is a highly sought after speaker, having been invited to speak at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s annual evangelists conference in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986, and 2000.

Ravi and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Altanta, GA.

Last updated June 2008.

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