Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
~Ravi K. Zacharias
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Release data : July, 2000
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The basics of Christianity
This book is written in a very matter-of-fact style, it's not one of Zacharias' intellectual masterpieces like The Real Face Of Atheism or Deliver Us From Evil, his classic on postmodernism.
In the first chapter Meeting My Master he recounts how he came to the knowledge of Christ as a youngster in India. Here he also discusses the various major faiths like Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, arguing that religions are not all the same.
Where Do You Live?, the second chapter, deals with the ministry of Christ, the first disciples, the God of the Bible and prophecies fulfilled by Jesus. It includes a section on the three aforementioned religions, their history and their core teachings on ideas like salvation and the soul.
Chapter 3: How Do We Know The Claims Of Jesus Are True?, investigates the matter of faith, distinguishing between blind faith and thinking faith. The author discusses the thoughts of Bertrand Russell, Thomas Nagel, Matthew Parris and David Hume. Here he also addresses the hypocrites in church, the limitations of science and the proof of the resurrection. Zacharias praises intellectual investigation and urges all Christians to think about their faith in the light of reason.
The following chapter: Won't Jesus Make Life Wonderful?, explores the motives and expectations of individuals. He refers to those in Christ's day who wanted something from him when they saw the miracles but didn't really want Him. On the subjects of miracles, mention is made of the miracles all around us that we never notice. He explains what we can expect from the Judeo-Christian God, comparing that with Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. There is a section on some reasons why Eastern religions are so attractive to young people in the West, and a realistic view of how we can absolutely rely on God for all the important things. Norman Geisler, Jon Krakauer and Deepak Chopra are some of the people quoted in this chapter.
Chapter 5 deals with pain and how to find answers to it. He quotes the words of Christ on this subject. There are intellectual struggles and there are emotional wounds; very different things. A special section offers advice on how to help friends who are suffering. Next, the author considers the arguments of atheists like Richard Dawkins, and Hindu and Buddhist views of evil and suffering. The chapter recounts an experience of Eli Wiesel in Auschwitz and concludes with the Christian view of suffering, how the faith provides meaning and purpose, and a reminder that God will ultimately put a complete end to evil. In this regard, I also recommend The Problem Of Pain by CS Lewis.
Won't Jesus Answer Every Question? begins by looking at some of the questions always used by challengers of Christianity, for ex. those accusing the religion of atrocities, those asserting that faith makes people puppets and those who resent religion "being shoved down their throats." There is a passage dealing with the inquisition, Galileo, the Salem Witch Trials, and the accusation of "colonial imperialism." Zacharias then refers to Christ before Pilate, when He was silent. Jesus was silent when the accusations against him were ridiculous and wrongful, when minds were already made up, when people wanted a show, and when his job was done. Under the heading Faith By The Sword, he compares faith in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism, and how one can best share what one believes.
The book concludes with Chapter 7: What Are You Looking For? There is a supermarket of religions out there. The author looks at scoffers who, amongst other absurdities, cite the straw man argument of a literal 6-day creation in Genesis. See also A Matter Of Days by the scientist Hugh Ross on this subject. Ravi likens God to a gardener and takes the reader through the garden of creation, the garden of temptation, the garden of pain and the garden of resurrection. He provides 3 reasons to believe: that the claims of Christ are uniquely credible, defensible and consistent. The book concludes with bibliographic notes arranged by chapter. Finding Jesus Among Other Gods is nothing like the CS Lewis masterpiece Mere Christianity, but the book is valuable for its practical advice in dealing with the current hostility towards Christianity and Judaism and for reminding Christians what the faith really is about.
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A profoundly thought-provoking book
In this fascinating book, author and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias argues for the uniqueness of Christianity, in a West where religious differences are downplayed. Throughout these seven chapters, Mr. Zacharias contrasts the Christian faith with other religions, and even defends it against the claims of atheistic critics. Along the way, the author treats the reader to the story of his own embracing of Christianity, plus many stories of his interaction with people of other faiths throughout the world.
Overall I found this to be a profoundly thought-provoking book. The author's defense of Christianity is plainly aimed at the Christian reader, but it is so deep and challenging that it forced me to address many questions that I had never thought to ask before. I think that this is a great book, one that I highly recommend to all Christians, and those who wish to understand what makes Christianity unique among world religions.
EXCELLENT book that all seekers&believers; should read!
I cannot say enough good things about this book! Zacharias is a brilliant author who refuses to accept "hand me down" answeres for the tough questions of Christianity.This investigative study of Jesus is perfect for our society, rafe with relativity and ignorance. BUY THIS BOOK! <><