At some point in one's life, you have to fully come to realize why you believe the way you do. Ravi and Vince lay out the basic options this world has to offer. A great read. It makes you think. And that's always a good thing.
Ravi and Vince succinctly argue how six of the major isms of our time Atheism, scientism, pluralism, humanism, relativism and hedonism have fundamental pitfalls. That each of these isms takes a partial truth and tries to turn it into universal truth. This book helps the reader to understand how these belief systems often fail to deliver what they promise. Dealing with the idea of truth and the questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny, Ravi and Vince propose that Jesus teachings on these subjects provide the most solid foundation for hope and meaning in life. The book is structured such that, each chapter can be read independently apart from the first and last that respectively sets the scene and pulls them together.
I have enjoyed reading this book. It has informed and challenged me. I have been informed by the clear presentation of these belief systems and have been challenged by the idea that disagreeing with someone can be a way of actually valuing them. I had never thought of this before. It made me reflect on how and why I express disagreement with people; if I honestly do it out of love and as an act of valuing them or out of my own desire to be right, driven by my sinful ego.
In our modern Post-truth society, the timing of this book could not be better.
A clear and thorough evaluation of how Jesus compares to the common secular beliefs of our day.
January 17, 2017
This is a fantastic book, Ravi and Vince have once again shown themselves to be a wealth of knowledge when it comes to evaluating and critiquing other worldviews.They are both very clear and thorough in their assessments of these secular viewpoints and I recommend this book as a valuable asset to have when considering how Jesus matches up against other secular beliefs. As a Chapter Director for Ratio Christi, I look forward to using this book as a source in future talks on Atheism, Scientism, Pluralism, Humanism and so on.