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I recently completed one of the books on my reading list for this summer.  It was called The End of Reason by Ravi Zacharias.  In his book, Zacharias responds to the attack made on a “Christian nation” by the famous “pop-atheist” Sam Harris.  Zacharias clearly and lucidly refutes Harris’ attack on God as “nothing more than a figment of one’s imagination.”  He also responds to Harris’ attacks on Christianity as “regularly practicing intolerance and hatred” along with affirming the “dependability of the Bible…[and] the power and goodness of God.”

Zacharias, who was not always a Christian, began his book with many personal statements on his own atheism, and his ultimate suicidal thoughts due to this worldview.  As a philosopher himself, he related best with the atheist philosopher Camus , who wrote, “There is only one serious philosophical question, and that is suicide.  Judging whether life is or is not worth living…”  Zacharias himself attempted suicide, but failed, and wound up in a hospital.  There he was given a Bible, read the gospel, and was saved.

After his own faith story, Zacharias spends the rest of the book explaining how the Christian religion stood up to his own philosophical inquiry as the best representation of reality.  His argumentation was powerful and direct, and can be summarized thus:

Every person possesses a paradigmatic approach to understanding reality.  The correct philosophic question is not, therefore, an intraparadigmatic assessment of truth, but an interparadigmatic assessment of truth.  If everyone possessed the same paradigm, it would be an intraparadigmatic case, but this is simply not the case.  Therefore, for example, to dismiss anothers worldview as “childish” based on an intraparadigmatic assessment is admissible only if you have interparadigmatically assessed your own worldviews truth.  In other words, to say the God cannot exist because all that exists is nature is a faulty argument because it assumes a naturalist worldview.  The question must therefore be, “Which paradigm best holds up as the most accurate assessment of reality?”

Zacharias then points to four foundations of reality which each paradigm must address in order to be recognized as the best assessment of reality, and they are: origins, meaning, morality, and hope.

I am not going to elaborate these points, for I want to give you, the reader, the option to pick up this book and read them for yourself.  But I will say that Zacharias give powerful arguments for Christianity as being the best assessment for reality based on these aforementioned foundations.

Overall, I found this book to be a short, but powerful tool for the Christian apologetic mind.  I would highly recommend this book, along many other titles by Zacharias (for a list, contact me).

9 out of 10 stars.