One of the great things about a bus ride (or flight)…okay probably the ONLY good thing about a bus ride, is that it gives me some time to read books that I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I started The End of Reason by Ravi Zacharias a long time ago, and just haven’t had time to finish it. Well today, I won.
In order to understand the book, you first need to know a little something about the guys who some call “The New Atheists,” or the “Four Horsemen of Atheism”:
Now if you know anything about Ravi (I’m a huge fan and have read everything the man has ever written, except for his newest book, which is on my nightstand), you know that Ravi is a very kind and gracious man. He is ever the gentleman in every setting. HOWEVER, in this book, you see a rare side of Ravi that reminds you of what an intellectual powerhouse he is. Almost as though he is forced into it out of sheer moral obligation, Ravi straps on the proverbial boxing gloves and goes 15 rounds with Harris without ever seeming to break a sweat.
With razor-sharp logic, and penetrating critique, Ravi simply shreds the many fallacious arguments in Harris’ approach to Atheistic Apologetics. Now mind you, he is still civil, respectful and completely Christian in his approach, no ad hominem
attacks or personal viciousness.
The main point of Ravi’s assault on The New Atheism focuses on the impossibility of Atheism to provide an Objective Moral Framework for Ethics. For all the moralizing that Atheists do: Blaming Christians for the Holocaust, Blaming Christians for the Crusades, Blaming Christians for Colonization, Blaming Christians for Slavery, etc., etc., their philosophical system cannot account for such definitive “right and wrong” categories. As Richard Dawkins himself once admitted, Science may be able to tell us “what something is,” but it cannot tell us if something is right or wrong.
This is a reductionistic way of saying it, but if we all came from a rock, you can’t get good and bad from a rock. Or as some philosophers have stated, “You can’t get an OUGHT out of an IS.”
As with all of Ravi’s books and teachings, I highly recommend this title.
I’d give it an overall 4.75 out of 5 stars.