The sickening apologetics of Ravi Zacharias
I’ve been collating my references the past week, putting the annotations I’ve attached to the books I’ve read into an excel spreadsheet for easier access when writing blogs or discussing issues and I came across this oldie but a goodie.
Christianity is often sold as this worldview of superior morality, that Christians are and should be humble, fair, harmonic, kind and good (Lewis, Mere Christianity, pg XV,73, 2002. Moreland, The God Question, pg 86, 2009 etc ) yet is this always the case? Well it seems only when they’re talking about their specific “in” crowd. How do apologetical authors discuss those not in their “in“crowd? Let’s let Ravi take us through a tour of just how fair and kind a Christian can be about atheism…
Atheism drove Nietzsche insane:
“Nietzsche wanted to look life squarely in the eye, with no God to obstruct his vision, and the picture he saw was agonizing to his mind. He saw no vast mind behind the framing of this world; he heard no transcending voice giving counsel to this world; he saw no light at the end of the tunnel, and he felt the loneliness of existence in its most desolate form.” (Zacharias, pg 27, 2007)
Atheism is supported by evolution which gave (*ehrm* the Catholic) Hitler his ideas for the Holocaust (not Luther?), which was propelled by an “atheistic worldview“:
“If atheism gains life-sustaining support from atheistic evolution, then it cannot shut the floodgates to the tidal waves of its philosophical implications… the theory of the dominion of the strong over the weak is not the abuse of natural selection; rather it is at the heart of it. Hitler unintentionally exposed atheism and dragged it where it was reluctantly, but logically, forced into it’s consequences.” (Zacharias, pg 63, 2007)
On atheist intellectuals:
“To be an intellectual is a great privilege, but to be an intellectual without God is dangerous.” (Zacharias, pg 67, 2007)
On atheists self alienation:
“The great struggle for meaning, encompassed with a deep sense of alienation, is a necessary condition of the atheistic worldview. (Zacharias, pg 73, 2007)”
Atheism is just depressing:
“Atheism walks with its head down, earthbound, which is why it grasps nothing of eternal value. It must admit its predicament: without God, there is no meaning to life.” (Zacharias, pg 87, 2007)
Atheists have no hope or morals (oh an we’re junkies):
“Having killed God, the atheist is left with no reason for being, no morality to espouse, no meaning to life, and no hope beyond the grave…Those who do not have hope, in an effort to drown their despair, turn to drugs or alcohol or other experiments that they think will break this stranglehold of futility.” (Zacharias, pg 98, 2007)
Now, what atheists have to do, you think it’s going to be positive?
“… atheists must make sense out of a random first cause, denounce as immoral all moral denunciation, express meaningfully all meaninglessness, and find security in hopelessness.” (Zacharias, pg 106, 2007)
Atheists are blind (and despots):
The atheist misses this glimpse through larger eyes than his own. Such a person is confronted with a universe that is intelligible and mysterious. But, in the despotism of his naturalistic worldview, such a person attempts to remove the mystery and only succeeds in decimating the intelligence.” (Zacharias, pg 122, 2007)
Atheists just want to live a life of sin, that’s why we don’t believe in a god or god’s:
“The atheist’s biggest struggle comes here. A man or woman rejects God neither because of intellectual demands nor because of the paucity of evidence. One rejects God because of a moral resistance that refuses to admit one’s need for God.” (Zacharias, pg 155, 2007)
Ravi has, I’m sure, given us all something to think about, and has indeed shown, that Christianity does contain the highest morality possible, certainly superior to any other type (be it secular, Islamic etc). He’s convinced me, all praise be to Jeebus.
Lewis C.S., (2002). Mere Christianity (50th Anniversary Ed.). Hammersmith, London. Harper-Collins Publishers. Pp- XV, 73.
Moreland J.P., (2009). The God Question. Eugene, Oregon. Harvest House Publishers. Pp-86.
Zacharias R., (2007). The Real Face of Atheism. Grand Rapids, MI. Baker Books. Pp- 27,63,67,73,87,98,106,123,155.
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