Saturday, November 13, 2010

The End of Reason

Here is a short book review.

Title: The End of Reason : A Response to the New Atheists
Author: Ravi Zacharias

  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310282519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310282518

Ravi Zacharias essentially responds to books by the 'New Atheists', especially Sam Harris (author of The End of Faith). By the new atheists, Zacharias refers to this movement of aggressive atheists like Harris and Dawkins.
The book is essentially a more or less topical deconstruction of Harris' thesis.

Ravi Zacharias is a well-known apologist and I had high expectations. I had never read any of his books before. I was very disappointed.

The structure of the book is not very well done, making it hard to easily organize the arguments for future reference. It leaves an impression of 'oh yeah, he's right', but its harder to be more specific than that.

Overall, I saw very few new things that would help me in the defence of the Gospel. The only significant point I recall is that the 'new atheists' are really a fringe in the atheist community and they are not universally well-received. Some will go as far as stating on the record that they are ashamed to be atheists because of them. That's a 'wow' statement!

In short, give this book to your friend if he read Harris and was shaken by it. If you've never read any apologetics before, that's an easy intro to the topic, so it could serve as a warm-up.

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