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ISBN/ASIN : 0801065119
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Release data : 01 September, 2004
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A Simply Vile Book
Ravi Zacharias misrepresents atheists to fit his own religious dogmas.
I found the book tasteless in the extreme.
The Real Face of Dishonesty
As an atheist interested in Christianity I came to the book with an open mind. Then I reached page 53 where Zacharias quotes Nietzsche or should I say out right misquotes him. I can now see that Mr. Zacharias will say anything, lie and distort what people say to make his case. As a result I will probable not end up finishing the rest of the book or any other book Ravi Zacharias writes. If I am going to give Christianity a chance I am not going to trust in a intellectually dishonest person such as Zacharias. On page 53 Zacharias misquotes from page 515 of the Portable Nietzsche (from Twilight of the Idols.) Here is the quote he gives.
"When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's feet. This morality is by no means self-evident. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole. It stands or falls with faith in God"
Here is what Nietzsche really said
"When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's fee. This morality is by no means self-evident: this point has to be exhibited again and again, despite the English flatheads. Christianity is a system, a whole view of things though out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole: nothing necessary remains in one's hands. Christianity presupposes that mans does not know, cannot know, what is good for him, what evil: he believes in God, who alone knows it. Christian morality is a command; its origin is transcendent; it is beyond all criticism, all right to criticism; it has truth only if God is the truth--it stands and falls with faith in God.
As you can see Zacharias has grossly distorted the truth of what Nietzsche was trying to communicate. Shame on you Mr Zacharias! I am one atheist that you have made more staunch in my atheism. If Christianity makes one more moral you have shown that to be a lie. All I ask of you is to be intellectually honest with me and you can't even do that, let alone convince me that Christianity is more then a bunch of fairy tales.
Primer on Christianity versus atheism
As Zacharias indicates in the preface to the book, The Real Face of Atheism touches on -- but doesn't go too deep into -- the various philosophical underpinnings for these opposing worldviews. It is a well written, easy to read and understand, informative and even enjoyable book. Zacharias does a pretty good job of highlighted the weaknesses of atheism from various angles.
In spots, he seems to gloss over some of their arguments, in something of a dismissive fashion. But part of that appears to be because the book was not intended to delve deep into any one particular argument or topic. Think of The Real Face of Atheism as a primer or introductory work.
If you're looking for answers to some of man's deepest questions, it's a good starting point. Zacharias cites scores of sources, so if you want further study, just look in his notes/bibliography. He makes abundantly clear those minds whose work he most admires (e.g. Muggeridge, C. S. Lewis) and those with whom he most strongly disagrees (e.g. Nietzsche, Russell.) He leaves it to the reader to make up his or her mind.