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Can Man Live Without God

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In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God's existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God's existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth...more
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Published September 1st 2004 by W Publishing Group (first published September 1st 1994)
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L.S.
definitely 6 stars! great apologetic in postmodern times! Ravi is probably one of the best christian cultural analysts since Francis Schaeffer.

Fascinatia mirarii - fiecare poveste contine cateva elemente comune:
- principiul care se desprinde din poveste ca invatatura morala
- o conditie specifica si de nemodificat pe care trebuie sa o respecte eroul
- conditia nu e niciodata supusa intrebarii "De ce?"

Cand mirarea dispare:
- viata intreaga va fi supusa unui reductionism
- se va pierde componenta re...more
Sean
Feb 15, 2010 Sean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, Atheists, fans of Neitzche, philosophy majors
Recommended to Sean by: Scott Tobias
Zacharias' logical approach to the argument for Christianity is brilliant and accessible. His writing is focused on not only people who are seeking to understand Christianity, but it is also written for people who think they have all that is wrong with Christianity nailed down. His argument covers philosophy and Scripture, giving it a grounded perspective. Zacharias does not have everything figured out, by any means, but his explanations of what some many people find illogical are sound and thor...more
Brian
I'm inclined to give it 5 stars because I read this shortly after my conversion to Christianity and it had such an impact.
Scott Rachui
I listen to Ravi Zacharias as often as I am able to (his sermons are available on iTunes as well as his website www.rzim.org). For years, Ravi has taken his thoughts and crafted a series of truly excellent Christian theology texts. Can Man Live Without God is the first of these I've read, and it really showed what a wonderful author (and a humble man of God) Ravi is.

For those who don't know Ravi, he was born and raised in India as a non-Christian. He describes how he attempted to take his own li...more
Choong Chiat
While I cannot deny that the author has, in this book, provided some interesting insights (a few of which I somewhat agree with), I must still nonetheless conclude that this book is, in my opinion, unsatisfactory. It seems to me that most of the book mainly consists of unsubstantiated, if not sweeping, assertions.



One example of such an unsubstantiated assertion would be the author's claim that all the ills, crimes and evils of modern society can find their source in a non-theistic (or as the aut...more
Catherine Flusche
Note: I rank books differently than Goodreads: 3 stars is "it's okay".

A pen pal sent me this, so of course I had to read it :-).

Before opening it, my conclusion has always been that yes, man needs faith, but not necessarily in the Christian God. After completing it, I'm at the same place. Since I'm a Deist, the existence of a God wasn't an argument he had to win with me. Unfortunately for whatever his point in writing was, it was the only argument that I actually bought.

He starts out completely...more
Garrett Cash
Can Man Live Without God is a profound book on the most important subject of all, can man live without God, and if not, what then? Ravi Zacharias tears apart the illogical and morally bankrupt philosophy of the modern era. He argues fiercely that the modern mindset has led to such an absence of moral responsibility that we have become spiritually depraved people searching for the next thing that can satisfy our desire without any work. As G.K. Chesterton said, "The Christian ideal has not been t...more
Brian Chaucer
I read this book in September of 1998... This book will radically affect how you think and look at the world...
Matt
Great critique of unbelieving philosophy and apologetics that make the heart sing!
Ancient
Rated one star for insulting rhetoric, fearmongering, paranoia, and poor logic.
Jacob Aitken
Imagine G.K. Chesterton, but coherent.
Frank Della Torre
God has blessed Ravi Zacharias with a brilliant mind. He is a philosophically rigorous apologist and yet he has the remarkable ability to touch at the human heart at an extremely profound level. A brilliant storyteller, sometimes I found myself laughing at the genius of his words, and others I found myself in tears, being cut to the heart by the sincerity and love with which he writes. I have been blessed by all the works of Zacharias, and consider him a man who has had impacted me more than mos...more
anca dc
Pentru mine personal, si fara indoiala pentru cei mai multi dintre contemporanii mei, filosofia lipsei totale de sens a fost in esenta un mijloc de eliberare. Eliberarea pe care ne-o doream era in acelasi timp eliberare de un sistem politic si economic, dar si de un sistem moral. Ne-am impotrivit moralitatii fiindca se amesteca in libertatea noastra sexuala; ne-am impotrivit sistemului politic si economic fiindca era nedrept. Sustinatorii acestor sisteme pretindeau ca detin intr-un fel sau altul...more
Stefan
Ravi Zacharias uses his sharp intellectual, wide range of knowledge, and intelligent logic to create a brilliant work which defends the Christian faith. Being a Christian, this book greatly encouraged me spiritually, and displayed the numerous shortfalls of atheism. This book contains a large variety of quotes and sources from Ravi's personal experiences and stories, literature, philosophy, theology, history, and science. Besides being a excellent apologetic book, I gained a increased understand...more
David Gunawan
to put religious belief into the greatest scrutiny, will make your faith stronger and your eyes clearer. Read this book for whoever think that he/she can live with a mindset of "there is no need for God", and also for the one who calls him/herself a true christian
Mark
Ravi starts with the bankruptcy of atheism to provide any answers to life's biggest questions and longings (morality, meaning, purpose, destiny, origin). He moves from there into a argument that all of the above are found uniquely in Jesus, and all other religious systems fail to adequately and compellingly answer those questions. (See also his book, Jesus Among Other Gods.)

"Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."

This is not a typical Chr...more
Matt
Whether you are dealing with an atheist or have honest questions about God, this is a great book to read. The author’s goal is to break through the intellectual smoke screens and get to the real question – Does my life have meaning? Or to put it another way – Can man live without God? The book is divided up into three sections: 1) Antitheism, 2) What gives life meaning, and 3) Who is Jesus? In the tradition of C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer, Zacharias has the ability to weave together philoso...more
Chad Duke
This was an amazing books showing how corrupt society would be without the Cross of Christ, and how as a nation we need to turn and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and the glorious gospel which he has given us.
Michael Cash
This is one of the best books I've read. I read it once when it came out in the mid 1990's, and at the time I had heard Dr. Zacharias speak on several of the subjects covered. However, this time through, in 2013, I was even more impressed. I have been studying apologetics for years, but this summarizes both the strengths of the antitheist arguments and the logical result, that is, where those thoughts lead. Then Dr. Zacharias leads us to the line of reasoning no believer should be without. He sh...more
Brady
Ravi is a genius and while you read his books it feels like you're absorbing and understanding. But as soon as you walk away, it's hard to recall his exact arguments and logic. One of the big takeaways I still remember to this day, however, is that a worldview or religion must answer four basic questions pertaining to life: origin, meaning, morality, and destiny. Atheists can easily answer the first two. They cannot logically defend the last two. Read the book to find out more :)
Joel Brown
This book convinced me that it is an essential part of normal human development for every person to face their mortality and build a view of the infinite for themselves. Ravi builds one of the most compelling and pragmatic arguments for the existence of God and man's need of Him. You do NOT have to possess a judeo-christian paradigm to enjoy this book. If you enjoy the art of good argument and can weigh an argument based on merit, not bias, you will be challenged by this book.
Joan
I think this is a very important book. Many ideas here I have never seen before, well argued philosophically. The author was asked to write this form his lectures at Harvard and around the world. He argues for the Christian belief contrasting it to other major world faiths, and what is missing therein. Also rebuts major atheist philosophers. A hard read in two places for me, but very worthwhile and a good companion to my reading of Karen Armstrong.
Sergio Flores
This book shows how devastating it is when you remove God from the picture and all the things we take for granted that are grounded and are present solely because God is there. This is Ravi at one of his best points, I love this book and would recommend it to others. The only down side to this book is the diction, I found myself looking at a dictionary more than I have for any other Ravi book. Definitely would pick this up if I were you.
Deb
Mr. Zacharias takes us through several chapters that focus on different issues related to belief vs. non-belief in God. He offeres several well reasoned arguments in favor of belief in God. A good read for those interested in learning more about Christian beliefs or who seek to be able to defend their faith to others. Not an easy read as these are weighty matters so it is best digested in small portions and when your brain is alert.
Robert
Here, Ravi dissects the atheistic world-view, effectively displaying its emptiness and inherent contradictions and offering why the Christian world-view is the only one that makes sense. I would highly recommend this book for atheists/agnostics or those who are seeking. Also, for Christian's who want to know more about why Christianity is a faith that makes sense experientially, empirically and existentially.
Jeremiah Gumm
Oct 06, 2012 Jeremiah Gumm rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Interested in Christian Apologetics
Recommended to Jeremiah by: Mark Paustian's "Prepared to Answer"
While I disagree with some of his Arminian/Evangelical doctrinal views on Scriptural grounds, his systematic deconstruction of "anti-theism" and his defense of the Christian faith is nothing short of brilliant. I greatly appreciated how he weaved easy-to-understand illustrations in amidst the often technical philosophical discussion.

A must-read for anyone desiring an introduction to Christian apologetics.
Rod
Can man live without God? Definitely not for long. The true God anyway...

I wish I could have read a book like this 30 years ago. Ravi's Christian philosophy is one of the major things that keeps me excited and inspired about Biblical theology. So far this is my favourite of all his books. A world without God would be a horrifying place - Ravi explains how and why.
Josh & Tiffany
This book is a modern version of the C.S. Lewis classic I have read many times on foundational Christianity, Mere Christianity. In this text Ravi expounds upon how theism can still hold strong against the waves of post-modern thinking. For any who hold any doubt or just want to strengthen their foundation, this book is a must-read.
Joan
This is a book I will come back to,time and again. Many thanks to Dr. Zacharias for writing a book that unravels arguments and presents the clear logic of belief in a creator. I appreciated his quotes and illustrations from many sources, He provides thought provoking answers for the questions of "origin, morality and meaning."
Wesley
What's great about this book is that shows that contemporary thinking and philosophies have abandoned reason. From start to finish Ravi lays out the compelling evidence that in the absence of god, reason and any kind of morality is baseless.

The book was first written in 2004 and is still required reading for today.
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For over thirty-five years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. He is listed as a distinguished lecturer with the Staley Foundation and has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most...more
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