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The author believes that over the past forty years movements like New Age spirituality and society's obsession with human potential have combined like a "perfect storm" to redefine for popular culture what has been for centuries the classic biblical definition of the person, work, and teaching of Jesus Christ.
In Why Jesus?, Ravi Zacharias looks at the impact of this "storm" by discussing the 60s-70s "Age of Aquarius," actor Shirley MacLaine's book and TV series Out On a Limb, author James Redfield (The Celestine Prophecy), Rhonda Byrne (The Secret), Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code), and other books by Eckart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, the Dali Lama, and Marianne Williamson. Special attention will be given to the influence of Oprah Winfrey's media platform in reshaping society by introducing and promoting certain books and authors.
Major new age and human potential tenets will be discussed like: the belief that we are all gods and have to discover our divinity; Jesus was only a good teacher; Christianity is but one among many ways to eternal life; reincarnation is real; Jesus was married; truth is relative; there is no sin; and perfection is possible.
The truth of and the arguments for the bodily resurrection of Jesus will be presented as the most important argument for the exclusive claims about Jesus and Christianity. Read by the author!
©2012 Ravi Zacharias (P)2012 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 07-02-12

Serious Thinking with Penetrating Cultural Insight

What did you love best about Why Jesus??

Ravi is a most serious thinker who brings half century of philosphy trainiing and an eastern world view to the task of critiquing the modern fascination in the West of New Age Spirituality with distinctive Eastern overtones. So how can you save yourself from Shirley MacLaine, sundry Gurus, and false messiahs? Does it matter? Are not all ways the same way to God? Who ever or whatever it is?

Any excursion through a moden bookstore will offer the most bizzarre selection in the religious section. You may be lucky to find a Bible, but it is more likely that the shelf will be full of a smorgasborg of spiritual works that are actually all self anthenticating propositions than contradict the books either side.

This book gives a historical, cultural, philosophical analysis of the teachings and claims of the new spiritualists and the worldviews paraded on Orphah Winfrey. This work will be hard to beat.

What other book might you compare Why Jesus? to and why?

Ravi has a series of books analysing other religious worldviews

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are some tender human stories and illustrations

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles W. on 10-24-12

Good Material to prepare for secular encounters

Excellent material to prepare one for defense of why one believes. Early chapters seemed tedious - usually "Z" is engaging from the first paragraph. However, after pressing through, it is clear why the info is needed because of the error of many of the current movements. Final chapters are great... reaffirming and rearming one to face the day.

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By Patrick on 10-01-13

Powerful arguments that cut through to the heart

Where does Why Jesus? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best book, apart from "The word of promise" Bible.

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If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The truth

Any additional comments?

Ravi's usual humerus character cuts through all faiths to argue that Christianity is the true faith that can only answer properly the truth questions of life.

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By moises on 09-21-17

I breath in knowledge and exhaled wisdom

I needed this book more than I knew. It has left me with a sense of awakening and a reinvigorated desire study God's word.

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By Rene Vlaanderen on 03-24-17

As Mass Marketing takes Hold . We Lose Potential!

Ravi is exceptional value to listen to. An incredibly Learned man with a Deep Theological Foundation

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