The Real Face of Atheism Ravi Zacharias (Author)



Atheism is a world without God. Its true nature whether disguised in Eastern mysticism or American cynicism is despair. In this thought provoking and witty book, Ravi Zacharias provides Christians a clear apologetic for their faith. Formerly published as A Shattered Visage, The Real Face of Atheism systematically examines atheistic positions on human nature, the meaning of life, morality, the “First Cause,” death, and more. With a new introduction and revisions throughout, The Real Face of Atheism is the perfect text for pastors, students, and thinking laypeople who want to improve their apologetic skill and reach out to nonbelievers.

An easy & quick read at less than 200 pages. Very informative from a very interesting apologetic position, argumentatively speaking. A worthy read for all Christians!

Godspeed & Good Reads!

Doc Murf

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4 responses to “The Real Face of Atheism Ravi Zacharias (Author)

  1. Ain't No Shrinking Violet

    Atheism’s true nature is despair? No…just no.

  2. Ain't No Shrinking Violet

    I can only answer for myself, as there is no single “kind” of atheist. By the way, thank you for asking, and here are my answers:

    1. My true nature is one of joy. Yes, I face serious hardships (as do we all), but at my essence I’m a joyful being. One does not need a god to be joyful.

    2. My hope in life is to revel in my FREEDOM (do not mistake this as a desire to sin…it is not). My hope in life is to live it to the fullest, to do all the good I can, and to show kindness to everyone I know. In this way I can live fully in the here and now…not for some future heaven.

    • Sorry that I did not respond earlier, would’ve been a bit difficult on my iPhone at work last night and had to sleep during the day. As you can tell I have a tendency to be a blow-hard.

      You say “you can only answer for yourself,” both admirable & wise; as we cannot speak for others in their absence. Although, this does indicate that there is no universal moral code of ethics & demeanor; hence anyone can infer that the Atheist’s moral code is a “personal, experiential, & on a case by case basis”…this, in-turn, gives rise to some problems, for example: thieves have a personal moral code, but thievery is okay; pedophiles have a code, but it is okay to mess with children, and the list could go on. The Christian possesses a moral code contained within the text of the bible, something to refer to time and again. Do not misunderstand me, the Christian community has many of its own problems: Denominationalism (differing interpretations for the same passages); The numerous problems within Catholicism (pedophilic priests preying on children; papal authority; etc. this list could also go on and on, as well!. Many other sects of Christianity where they place more authority on the man-made doctrines & dogmas of the churches themselves. Everyone has their own closet of bat crazy relatives.

      An Atheist by definition “a person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.” And it could be deduced that without a moral law giver (God) how then can there be morals? As mentioned previously, the Atheist’s moral code is a “personal, experiential, & on a case by case basis.” Which can be inferred that the same situation between different individuals (kindness, joy, anger, etc.) may not be adjudicated in the same manner due to how one “feels” about another. It is for the most part understood that without a moral law giver or an author of morals, then everything is permissible. It is also understood without a basis for moral law and all things being permissible, then how could there be good or bad, right or wrong, truth or lie? Because there is no basis between any two individuals as to their beliefs on morality, truth, etc. Within the Christian community we reside on the fact that, according to Paul, “ “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” ~1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV) Regardless of how the Christian sees things, he or she must go according to what is written as to determine the right or wrong of an issue. They may not wish to agree, but it is written for all to see and understand.

      With respect to #1: We can agree on we all face hardships and joyous times, but we each handle them in different ways. We can also agree on the point that one does not need a “god” to be joyful…but IMO we all do need a God to be so, as He is the author of Life and all that is Good and Moral.

      With respect to #2: Believe it or not there is Freedom and Liberty in Christ. The unalienable rights that were mentioned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of independence…those are, by definition, God-given rights, or also known as natural rights. The premise of those rights & liberties through Freedom authored by God are that we can, in effect, do anything provided we do not inhibit or prevent others from exercising their rights. In other words, your rights end just prior to your fist hitting my nose! You mention “sin”, what is your definition of the word? IMO, the definition is represented by the following: 1. transgression of divine law; 2. any act regarded as such a transgression, especially a willful or deliberate violation of some religious or moral principle. By speaking of “sin” in a general sense, it can be inferred that there is a presupposition of a moral law giver. As believer’s in the Christ, in God, & the Holy Spirit does not limit a person, but rather makes them think & question their actions, i.e., “will my action cause someone else to fall short of the glory of God? To sin?” There are many Christians who have done very well for themselves, in-fact, many of the millionaires & multi-millionaires have a very strong faith. But then again, man has a tendency to infuses his thoughts and beliefs into something in which the teachings of Jesus specifically state one thing, but our thoughts (generally) and personal opinions (not based upon the biblical text) tend to lead us in another direction. We are promised a future in heaven IF we should follow the commandments of God, we are told to not worry about the future by Jesus where He said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Mat 6:31-34 (NIV) In other words, we can die at any time and there are enough concerns for today; God will care for our future – does that mean we do not have to do anything? NO, absolutely not. Just that we should be concerned for today, but we can plan for our futures…but our lives are in God’s hands.

      I am one of those who disagree with the multitude of denominations of Christianity as they are just another division mindset placed within the heart of man. I also have a problem with religion in and of itself…in-that, religion is considered to be a set of doctrine & dogma; as opposed to Christianity, based upon the tenets of the text of the bible, which is a relationship with the Son of God, Jesus the Christ. The path of Jesus the Christ is hard and tough, but IMO well worth it.

      As a final note, it was my understanding, or belief, that Dr. Zacharias’ reference to “Atheism’s true nature is despair” was that of no standard of moral beliefs. Since each person, atheist, subjectively determines the moral guidance based upon their own personal, experience, feelings, etc.; hence, no standard as I mentioned before.

      I hope I touched on everything sufficiently, and not in a manner that has just jerked your chain the wrong way…not my intention at all! Now I must get prepped for work, once again!

      Thank you for your comments! God Bless & Godspeed!

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