Monday, August 9, 2010

Review – Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias

Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith

Author/General Editor – Ravi Zacharias

The book Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend by Ravi Zacharias is a compilation of writings by Zacharias, members of his ministry and scholars on the topic of apologetics. The book is broken into three major parts. Part One, “Giving an Answer”, provides an overview of many of the challenges to Christianity: postmodernism, youth, Islam, the existence of evil, cross-culture, etc. This section provides an introductory basis for addressing the common issues raised by each. Part Two, “Internalizing the Questions and Answers”, provides commentary on some of the internal questions Christians and non-Christians pose. Finally, Part Three, “Living out the Answers”, discusses a Christian’s responsibility to live out the faith in thought and action.

While the content of the text is very much an overview of the field of apologetics, the writing and articulation varies depending on who the author of each chapter is. Some of the chapters were very informative and easy to understand. Others expected the reader to have an in-depth knowledge of apologetics. I found myself wanting to know more. In fact, each section could be book unto itself.

Beyond Opinion is not an easy read. The target audience is those who are serious about apologetics and dedicated to exploring the topic further. Those who approach it from this context will find themselves armed with a foundation for beginning to defend the faith to the many challenges offered by the world today.

** Review copy received free of charge from Thomas Nelson **

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