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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 August 30th 2004 by Thomas Nelson (first published September 1st 1994)
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Feb 15, 2010 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 28, 2009 L.S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, apologetics
definitely 6 stars! great apologetic in postmodern times! Ravi is probably one of the best christian cultural analysts since Francis Schaeffer.

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- 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
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I'm inclined to give it 5 stars because I read this shortly after my conversion to Christianity and it had such an impact.
Jan 27, 2009 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great critique of unbelieving philosophy and apologetics that make the heart sing!
Jacob Aitken
Nov 03, 2013 Jacob Aitken rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics, beauty
Imagine G.K. Chesterton, but coherent.
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
Frankie Della Torre
Jul 24, 2013 Frankie Della Torre rated it it was amazing
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
Catherine Flusche
Jan 24, 2013 Catherine Flusche rated it liked it
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
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
Jun 22, 2015 Richard rated it did not like it
My first impression was excitement, and I was impressed by the analytical and empirical nature of the method of discussing religious ideas Zacharias sets down in the initial chapter. Therefore I was expecting some good points supported by robust argument and strict documentation.
Immediately the methods for discussing belief are codified, he never once conforms to those guidelines. Not once! The evidence he uses, time and again, are some dubious references to literature which are often misreprese
Joel Brown
Mar 27, 2008 Joel Brown rated it really liked it
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.
Sergio Flores
May 21, 2013 Sergio Flores rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 23, 2016 Mwrogers rated it really liked it
Dr. Ravi Zacharias is an excellent Christian apologist. If I were smarter and could have followed all of his arguments, I would have rated this book 5 stars. He definitely has a unique perspective, with his Eastern background. He's probably the CS Lewis of our generation.
David Gunawan
Feb 27, 2014 David Gunawan rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 10, 2014 Vaughan rated it it was amazing
Clear, concise and logical. Ex Hindu turned Christian, and Cambridge educated Dr Ravi Zacharias destroys arguments made popular by Nietzsche, Freud, et al in answering the question of the book's title. In short, a must read for everyone.
Feb 08, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spending time with Zacharias confirms that I am not as smart as I wish I was. I scrambled for the dictionary on more than one occasion, and a few of his points didn't always digest easily. However, he never fails to amaze and delight. Here's a couple of truth nuggets that resonated with me:
"Morality will always be bent to suit the one whose will is being tested." And "greed ... will always find humilty and virtue repugnant, for they stand in the way of self-aggrandizement."
Of course, as a Chris
Mylon Pruett
Feb 07, 2016 Mylon Pruett rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
"When one attempts to live without God, the answers to morality, hope, and meaning send one back into his or her own world to fashion an individualized answer."

Can Man Live Without God was equally an incredibly good book and an very complex book. The author sets out to discuss what man would be like, and in fact if he could possibly exist at all, without God. This ultimately boils down to whether or not God and Christ are real, if the story of a savior is true. Why I say the book is complex is d
Jun 08, 2007 Ancient rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion, f-this-crap
Rated one star for insulting rhetoric, fearmongering, paranoia, and poor logic.
Julie Reed
Dec 15, 2012 Julie Reed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apologetics
Ravi Z. is one smart dude.
Michael Schmid
Ravi Zacharias makes some good statements and arguments for Christianity in this book. However, I found his language to be far too intellectual and philosophical, which somewhat hindered my enjoyment of and engagement with his book. Already on the first two pages of the introduction he uses words such as: nefarious, averred, progenitors, minutiae, iconoclastic, verbiage, vitriolistic, aspersions... Such elavated vocabulary is used throughout the book. The first part of the book discusses the tho ...more
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Nov 01, 2014 anca dc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, apologetics
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
Ezequiel Soto
Mar 14, 2016 Ezequiel Soto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encantó! Gran apologética desde la filosofía y la lógica primeramente del Teísmo y luego del Cristianismo como la "religión" que responde los cuestionamientos fundamentales de la filosofía humana. Concuerdo con la sugerencia al comienzo del libro, es un material para estudiar y analizar en profundidad, una obra con un gran peso académico, seriedad, y riqueza espiritual.
Jun 14, 2015 Stefan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-faith
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
Dec 10, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 07, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2014 Chad Duke rated it it was amazing
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.
Christopher Chandler
More like 2.75.
It was good, but Ravi rambled a bit I thought. He had decent enough points, but no single argument really stood out to me. Definitely some quotable points though.
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
Joshua Clark
Nov 07, 2014 Joshua Clark rated it really liked it
Ravi uses a mixed approach when addressing the issues of man living without God. Most of the points he makes start with philosophical arguments, but will follow it up with a real life example of something that's happened in the past for the reader to better understand. I believe Ravi does a wonderful job at describing the implications and problems one will face when they decide God isn't needed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who plans on engaging with our ever-changing culture tha ...more
Debbie Younkin
Apr 09, 2015 Debbie Younkin rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I especially liked Part 3, "Who Is Jesus and Why Does It Matter."
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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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“It is easier to hide behind philosophical arguments, heavily footnoted for effect, than it is to admit our hurts, our confusions, our loves, and our passions in the marketplace of life's heartfelt transactions.” 60 likes
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