The End of Reason

  • by Ravi Zacharias
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When you pray, are you talking to a God who exists? Or is God nothing more than your "imaginary friend", like a playmate contrived by a lonely and imaginative child?
When author Sam Harris attacked Christianity in Letter to a Christian Nation, reviewers called the book "marvelous" and a generation of readers - hundreds of thousands of them - were drawn to his message. Deeply troubled, Dr. Ravi Zacharias knew that he had to respond.
In The End of Reason, Zacharias underscores the dependability of the Bible along with his belief in the power and goodness of God. He confidently refutes Harris's claims that God is nothing more than a figment of one's imagination and that Christians regularly practice intolerance and hatred around the globe.
If you found Sam Harris' Letter to a Christian Nation compelling, this audiobook is exactly what you need. Dr. Zacharias exposes "the utter bankruptcy of this worldview." And if you haven't read Harris' book, Ravi's response remains a powerful, passionate, irrefutably sound set of arguments for Christian thought. The clarity and hope in these words will reach out to listeners who know and follow God as well as to those who reject God.


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Chock Full of Lies, Deceit and Emotional Manipulat

I listened to this audiobook twice before writing this review (it's only about 150 minutes long).

The book begins with a disingenuous foreword from Lee Strobel, whose "magnum opus", The Case for Faith, has already been thoroughly debunked. Not only does Strobel have a strong vested interest in Christianity, but apologists like Zacharias and Craig would lose their livelihoods if they lost their faiths.

For a full refutation of Strobel's work, simply google "case against faith."

There is no evidence for Christianity outside of the bible, theologians and New Testament "historians." I would trust them no more than I would trust Muslim apologists.

Ravi opens his "case" with an emotional tug, introducing us to a fictional case study about how atheism can lead to pain, suffering, family breakups and suicide. Wow. His only saving grace here is his clarification that his story is indeed completely fabricated.

He touches briefly on the Problem of Evil and Suffering, ONCE AGAIN IGNORING the definitions of "omnipotence" and "omniscience." He presents the example of CIPA - Congenital Insensitivity to Pain, with Anhydrosis. Doesn't he believe in heaven? Will we be suffering in heaven? If not, then this planet, this life is just a soul-filter for his deity.

Free will is no excuse - if god exists, then he valued Ted Bundy's free will more than that of his victims.

He then attacks Harris' statement on eradicating religion before rape. Well, eliminating religion would certainly reduce the rape rate. Just take these verses from the "good" book:

Genesis 34:31: Dinah's brothers, to justify the massacre of a town for the rape of their sister, say: "Should he deal with our sister as with a harlot?"

And how DARE Ravi equate atheism with paedopillia and eugenics!? Without a single solid quote (save Peter Singer's) to back this up!?

He equates the ENTIRE sex industry with human trafficking. Unsurprising that such a socially fascistic conservative is also so Puritanical.
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- Winston D. Jen


What disappointed you about The End of Reason?

I heard Ravi talk at my High School back in the early 90s and so I thought he would provide insight to the Atheists of today. However he plays the emotional card often. He started to lose me when he said that the logical end of atheism lead him to attempt suicide, sorry but give me a break. Then he introduced Hitler as an atheist, had he done a simple google search will show that Hitler was raised Catholic and in his writings shows that he believes he is carrying out God's will. The moral compass question came up over and over and over again the fact that Atheists have no moral compass, however they probably process morality day-to-day the same way we Christians do: by considering their actions, weighing the consequences, and deciding whether they are doing more harm than good to themselves and other people.

I really wanted better ammunition to discuss God with atheist but this did not help.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ravi Zacharias again?


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?


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- David Frost "xslMaster"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2010
  • Publisher: Zondervan