Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ

Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ

by Ravi Zacharias, Vince Vitale


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Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale defend the absolute claims of Christ against modern belief in the "secular gods" of atheism, scientism, relativism, and more.

The rise of these secular gods presents the most serious challenge to the absolute claims of Christ since the founding of Christianity itself. The Christian worldview has not only been devalued and dismissed by modern culture, but its believers are openly ridiculed as irrelevant. In JESUS AMONG SECULAR GODS, Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale challenge the popular "isms" of the day, skillfully pointing out the fallacies in their claims and presenting compelling evidence for revealed absolute truth as found in Jesus. This book is fresh, insightful, and important, and faces head on today's most urgent challenges to Christian faith. It will help seekers to explore the claims of Christ and will provide Christians with the knowledge to articulate why they believe that Jesus stands tall above all other gods.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455569168
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 63,680
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

RAVI ZACHARIAS is the Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Austria, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. He is the author of many books, including Can Man Live Without God and Why Jesus?

DR. VINCE VITALE is Director of the Zacharias Institute. He was educated at Princeton University and the University of Oxford, and later taught philosophy of religion as a faculty member at both universities. During his undergraduate studies at Princeton, Dr. Vitale took an unexpected journey that led him to God. Later, while at Oxford, he developed a new response the problem of evil. This response—termed the Non-Identity Defense—is discussed in his and Ravi Zacharias's previous book, Why Suffering? He is married to Jo, who also works for RZIM.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Altars Against God Ravi Zacharias 1

Chapter 2 Atheism Ravi Zacharias 31

Chapter 3 Scientism Vince Vitale 63

Chapter 4 Pluralism Vince Vitale 93

Chapter 5 Humanism Ravi Zacharias 137

Chapter 6 Relativism Ravi Zacharias 161

Chapter 7 Hedonism Vince Vitale 183

Chapter 8 Love the Truth Vince Vitale 205

Acknowledgments 236

Notes 238

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Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JayKing More than 1 year ago
Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale is an insightful and enlightening book that examines the popular "isms" of our day and how they stack up to Christianity and the truth that Jesus Christ proclaims. This is a book that is sure to capture the attention of readers who are interested in learning how some of the most common secular worldviews differ from Christianity. The first thing that I must note is that this book is written from a place of love. Both authors have a genuine desire to educate readers and not berate or mock them based on their beliefs. At the same time, they firmly believe the truth that Jesus Christ taught and want to share it with anyone who is open-minded and willing to listen to the claims that they are sharing and defending. This is the second book that I've read by Ravi Zacharias. The first one I read was not co-authored, so I did have some apprehensions about how much I'd enjoy this book in comparison. I was surprised to discovered that I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. Not because of the content, but because of the balance provided with the co-author. I'm not ashamed to admit that Ravi's writing style and delivery sometimes goes over my head and requires me to slowly read and re-read what he's saying to truly understand it. His style is slow and methodically for me, but Vince's writing style on the other hand flows smoothly and enabled me to read at a faster pace when going through his chapters. I really appreciate how well their writing styles complement one another and made for an enjoyable reading experience. There is no denying that I learned a lot from this book. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I am grateful for this book and the work that Ravi and Vince are doing. It's one thing to believe the truth that Jesus Christ proclaimed, but something else entirely to know why you believe it and be able to explain why you believe it over other worldviews. This book can definitely help believers in Jesus Christ to better understand their choice and be properly equipped to explain it to others, particularly non believers. This is a phenomenal book that delivers on the promises of the authors. It clearly and thoroughly examines the differences between the Christian faith and secular worldviews and allows readers to decide for themselves what they will ultimately choose to believe in. I enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it! I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program and I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book talks about the common world views we encounter – relativism, naturalism, hedonism, scientism – and gives a thoughtful and compelling response to each one. A highlight was Vince Vitale's chapter about loving the truth, where he provides a way forward from our culture's tendency to weaponise truth or avoid it altogether. Highly recommended!
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connywithay More than 1 year ago
“We all follow a god, whether supernatural or secular,” the authors state in Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale’s book, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ. ~ What ~ This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page paperback targets those who are interested in dissecting current religious beliefs that are against the claims of God and Jesus written in Scriptures. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the NLT, NKJV, ESV, NHEB, and KJV are also referenced. The book is divided into eight chapters, ending with acknowledgments and notes. In this book where each author writes four chapters, it covers atheism, scientism, pluralism, humanism, relativism, and hedonism as it relates to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Often mentioning experiences and discussions by the writers, it contains quotes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, and the Qur’an, as well as C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and the Bible. The writers describe the atheist’s anger as they mock and ridicule Christianity without answering the “why” of God as they increase their desire for autonomy and power. The chapter on scientism further examines the Who behind the how, while pluralism is about origin, meaning, morality, and destiny but lacks a personal relationship with the Creator. Covering the philosophy of humanism that promotes transcendental spirituality, the experience machine of relativism, and the money and sex of hedonism, all offer a partial truth instead of accepting God’s free gift of loving each of us unconditionally. ~ Why ~ Having taken a religion class at a secular college decades ago, I found this book similar in explaining the different “isms” of the day, yet it refutes and challenges those who do not have Jesus Christ as their pivotal focus. In-depth with explanations, the book can be read a little at a time to comprehend how non-Christians believe and think and how we should respond in love to them. I like the hermeneutics of the topic and appreciate the many details in counter-acting to some of the non-God beliefs. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with our Lord may not understand and ardently disagree with this book. Some will take it as an emotional attack on their beliefs. A few may wish there were less of the writers’ experiences or analogies. ~ Wish ~ Having a sister who used to profess Christ and now is a white witch teaching the occult, I wish the book mentioned the fast-growing attraction of supposedly achieving a godship status as a human. This form of Satanism is another anti-Christ viewpoint that appears to be gaining traction, yet the book never mentions how the devil is the prince of darkness on Earth and behind many of these false “isms.” ~ Want ~ If you yearn to understand what non-believers of Jesus Christ think of the gods they serve and need assistance understanding their religions, this is a helpful resource that would be a good textbook in a Bible class on the subject. Rated 4.5 of 5 stars. Thanks to the Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ravi excels in analyzing and answering the issues that confront Christians today. Well done!