Ravi Video Discussion: How to Do Apologetics in the 21st Century

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What are your thoughts on this inspiring message from Dr. Zacharias? How can what he shares inform the way we approach evangelism? What sticks out to you most?

The Problem

1 - are we willing to live with implications of atheism? They are a host of isms that should be wasms - relativism, pluralism, nihilism and the rest
2 - storm of religious pluralism that has disoriented western culture
3 - the power to inform through the visual (with and not through the eye)

How do you reach a generation that listens with its eyes and thinks with its feelings?

1 - make sure you understand what it means to set apart Christ in your heart as Lord over your will, your imagination and your life - love God and love neighbor - God’s image is on you
2 - our apologetic must not merely be heard, it has to be seen - even the hostile are disarmed when they can see and feel your touch
3 - not merely argued but also felt in conviction - wisdom in how to disengage the skeptic - humble in heart, wise in response - you’re not answering a question, you’re answering a questioner - a word in season can bring to fruit what only God can nourish
4 - cannot only rescue the ends of bringing them to Christ, we must rescue the means of the Word of God


  • we do not know who we are
  • do not play God - do not be the self-referencing point - the 1 restriction in the Garden - the result is that you will self-destruct
  • Russian man of America - ‘they do not think rightly there anymore’
  • apologia - ‘to give an answer’ - make truth claims clear and answer the questioner

1 Peter 3:15 - But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

  • pornography demeans the other / suicide demeans the self

  • in Jesus alone we have answers that provide both correspondence and coherence

  • origin, meaning, morality, destiny = worldview = truth and relevance

  • a time of ideologies that are being pushed rather than truth - relativism is absolute, theism is debunked and the vertical relationship with God is mocked

  • In America / England moral reasoning was the impetus for the building of civilization rather than reason alone as in Europe thanks to the preaching of men like John Wesley

  • we are intended to see through they eye with a conscience, now we see with the eye devoid of a conscience

  • the invasion of the imagination when you are young is a huge assault

  • if you (Jesus) will change what I want to do (I do not want to live), I will leave no stone uncovered in the search for truth (Ravi)

  • all other world views either deify your or nullify you

  • I am commanded by God to love my fellow human being - no matter how much I disagree with them I cannot be disagreeable - violence has become absolutized and hate has become common, but neither is an option for us

  • The Gospel is the only answer to our relativistic heart where He pulls in the absoluteness of His love and changes the hungers

Extended Quotes

“This life’s dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.” William Blake

What language shall I borrow
to thank Thee, dearest friend,
For this Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me Thine forever,
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love to Thee.

“In the 1950s kids lost their innocence.
They were liberated from their parents by well-paying jobs, cars, and lyrics in music that gave rise to a new term —the generation gap.

In the 1960s, kids lost their authority.
It was a decade of protest—church, state, and parents were all called into question and found wanting. Their authority was rejected, yet nothing ever replaced it.

In the 1970s, kids lost their love. It was the decade of me-ism dominated by hyphenated words beginning with self.
Self-image, Self-esteem, Self-assertion…It made for a lonely world. Kids learned everything there was to know about sex and forgot everything there was to know about love, and no one had the nerve to tell them there was a difference.

In the 1980s, kids lost their hope.
Stripped of innocence, authority and love and plagued by the horror of a nuclear nightmare, large and growing numbers of this generation stopped believing in the future.

In the 1990s kids lost their power to reason. Less and less were they taught the very basics of language, truth, and logic and they grew up with the irrationality of a postmodern world.

In the new millennium, kids woke up and found out that somewhere in the midst of all this change, they had lost their imagination. Violence and perversion entertained them till none could talk of killing innocents since none was innocent anymore.”
― Ravi Zacharias, Recapture the Wonder