Jesus Among Secular Gods is timely, insightful, and accessible. The authors are not only great scholars with immense knowledge within philosophy, worldview's and other topics, but are also frequently meeting real people who hold different positions which the book describes. Loved it through and through! Aside from being a philosopher, Vince was a Boxing Champion. And if we let Him, God will fine-tune us for life—a life free of shame and guilt, a life full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I also recommend it to anyone who has a belief in God because it offers an encouraging outlook: true belief is built on true substance that can be carefully examined while corresponding to true reality.
Zacharias writes with urgency and gravitas, though his unique style is sometimes a little too non-linear for my tastes. What is especially delighting about this chapter is that it is not a rehashing of the same old arguments that are present in all the texts addressing this issue. The audible format is read by Peter Berkrot and I think it is high quality and very well done. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. The rise of these secular gods presents the most serious challenge to the absolute claims of Christ since the founding of Christianity itself.
Not only in addressing the difficult scientific and philosophic questions we face nowadays but also, and more importantly, in highlighting how these answers are harmonically intertwined with our deepest desires for morality, justice, and love. To this degree, it didn't seem like an honest debate. How is value, truth, purpose, freedom, love, and responsibility to be understood coherently in a way that one can live by it? The authors are not only great scholars with immense knowledge within philosophy, worldview's and other topics, but are also frequently meeting real people who hold different positions which the book describes. I am given the freedom to choose, and I am loved even when I make the wrong choices. This makes this book personal, real, and scholarly. Zacharias and Vitale persistently call to account several of those most pervasive cultural ideations in the West, encouraging a deep reflection and intellectual engagement with what might be considered oft-held and little challenged beliefs. I can write this because I am a Christian who, like Zacharias and Vitale, understands that I live and work among secular-minded people.
When asked how to play, the players have different answers. There are many facets to atheism and many different approaches to it, but they are all insufficient. Chapter 7 on Hedonism alone is worth more than the purchase price. Vitale explains the fine-tuning argument as a reason for why God exists. The authors did a great job comparing Christianity with other world views.
I'm grateful to know both of them personally, and it remains a privilege to read what they write always. But ultimately, the book points to Jesus, humbly and boldly making the case that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. In and through this they build a case fo The authors use a mixture of personal stories and clearly explained philosophical argument, to provide an engaging and accessible look at why secular beliefs such as Pluralism, Relativism, and Humanism fail to give a good account of our lives and the world we live in. Vitale wants to disprove a single scientific finding; what they set out to do is to put science and its discoveries, including evolution, in their proper places. Each of the two authors has a different style, and you will be enriched by both as they share scholarly wisdom, personal stories and Scripture passages and interpretation. Their answers are substantial, balanced and though provoking.
Both Christians and Non-Christians, who value a logical pursuit of the mind and the heart, will benefit from reading this book. Vitale's chapters did an outstanding job carefully noting flaws in the ideologies he addressed: scientism, pluralism, and hedonism. His weekly radio program, Let My People Think, is broadcast over 1,500 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, Just Thinking, is on almost 400. The claims of people like Stephen Hawking or Richard Dawkins tended to be cherry picked. More and more, desire after desire most men and women in this culture no longer know who they are. Click the link below for more information. It provides a chance for a truth seeker to compare between different ideologies and worldviews as contrast is the mother of clarity.
If you don't know what your meant to be you, y0ur living in a pool of self deception. A must-read for all those of different faiths and non, who are genuinely seeking the truth. The chapters in this book written by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale are brilliant. They are thoughtful and winsome in their arguments. They leave the reader with a clear understanding how different worldviews answer each issue so they can make clear decisions regarding each view. I enjoyed reading this book a lot and would recommend anyone to get it.
Each chapter looks at an area of secular philosophy and explains why this philosophy ultimately fails to be lived out if there is no God to give the basis for human worth and meaning. My favorite chapter was on scientism. Not only in addressing the difficult scientific and philosophic questions we face nowadays In our world being increasingly overwhelmed of attempts of a philosophical and scientific nature that seek to deal with our struggles and deep longings, this book come with a fascinating insight to reconcile both rationality and the most important existential questions of our life. Of course, this clash of worldviews is nothing new. I found it especially helpful in its fair but robust debunking of atheists' claims to have given definitive answers for the big questions including the disproof of God's existence especially if one is writing As a I loved the previous book by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale on the problem of suffering Why Suffering? I felt better equipped to use my job as my calling. Additionally, Vitale actually dives deep to compare two main worldviews in academic accuracy showing the true uniqueness of the Christian faith not just flashing it as a slogan! People continually challenge and deny the veracity of God and his Word.
The rise of these secular gods presents the most serious challenge to the absolute claims of Christ since the founding of Christianity itself. But I am graphically reminded in the mission and work of Jesus Christ that, though I can choose my behavior, I cannot transpose the consequences that are inextricably bound to a particular choice. To sum up, this is an excellently written book by two thoughtful authors that gives an in-depth comparison between differing worldviews but ultimately shows the hope that the Christian message offers in the person of Jesus Christ. Three major questions keep recurring amongst humans: 1. I enjoyed their insights and analysis of these relevant issues and their candour in challenging our presuppositions on each. For the critical thinker looking for solutions to a world reeling in confusion about truth, a post truth culture essentially, this book will most certainly impact your life.