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Ravi K. Zacharias
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1 Sep 2004
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.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (1 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801065119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065118
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ravi Zacharias is president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is heard worldwide on his radio program, Let My People Think. A former visiting scholar at Cambridge, he has lectured at the world's most prestigious universities and in more than fifty countries. His numerous books include Jesus Among Other Gods and Can Man Live Without God?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great thinking! 2 Sep 2013
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Still reading it. Loving it. Highly recommended for every citizen of the world. Ravi is an intellectual and Great communicator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man's a genius 24 May 2013
By Claire
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All you Christians out there, you've got to be filled up with something to say to the non-believers. Hugs and handshakes aren't going to be enough any more. If you're an average bod like me you'll have to read it a few times AND out loud to get all the amazing bits to sink in.

I would also say that there is no point in passing this book on to most unbelievers to read for themselves because they won't have the inclination to start with and the material requires human communication...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling arguments for hope and purpose 6 May 2006
In the introduction, the author suggests that some readers might prefer to first read the two appendixes at the end. The first: The Finger Of Truth And The Fist Of Reality shows how philosophical ideas infiltrate popular culture and come into our lives. The second: The Establishment Of A Worldview, provides the conceptual foundation upon which the framework of truth will stand. They explain the process that the author used to examine various concepts in order to arrive at his conclusions.

Part One deals with mankind as the measure of all things. In the chapter Morticians Of the Absolute, the author shows how determinism, Freud's views on religion and Darwinian theory have placed theism under severe pressure. The assault of atheism has become manifest in the political arena with totalitarian movements like communism and fascism. The author considers Nietzsche with his profound hatred of religion as the bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries, since he exerted a strong influence on Freud, Yeats, Jung and George Bernard Shaw, amongst others. A passage from The Madman is quoted here. There are illuminating comments by GK Chesterton and Malcolm Muggeridge quoted, to the effect that they foresaw that atheism would lead to violence and hedonism.

The second chapter looks at the doctrine of atheism - the belief that there is no God, which is an affirmation of God's non-existence. The author refers to various thinkers like Mary Hesse, Jurgen Habermas, Stephen Jay Gould, John Polkinghorne and Sir Fred Hoyle and considers the 2nd law of thermodynamics by asking the question of how biological systems manage to swim against the entropic stream. It makes absolute sense that scientists ought to maintain a judicious agnosticism about the obvious limitations of human understanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of work by Ravi! 3 Jan 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Many Atheists are comfortable to hide behind well constructed intellectual arguments. However, Ravi Zacharias explores the many sides of Atheism, and also, explores those who have in history, practised atheistic fundamentalism, and what the world will look like when god is dead. The book takes on the religiosity of atheists, and explores the worldview of atheism. A very bleak picture indeed!

A good read for all who are curious about the Atheistic worldview. This book does not attempt to debunk Atheism, but to expose the rational consequences and logical exposition of an atheistic worldview.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worse than Dawkins 18 Nov 2008
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This book represents just another attempt at countering the new atheists by being just as bad, or worse, than them. The overblown atheophobia and misrepresentation of atheists that this book represents makes it readable only for those already 'converted' from atheism.
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