My latest Thomas Nelson book to review was a real winner — Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias.
My husband is a huge Ravi fan, so we have lots of his books around our home. But both times I sampled his books, I wasn’t a fan of his style.
But Beyond Opinion is edited by Ravi. He has contributed only two chapters besides the introduction and conclusion. Ironically, I really liked his two chapters in this book. In fact, I liked all of this book.
It’s meaty, and it took me a long time to read because this book makes you think. (Or at least, you’ll have to think if you’re going to understand the book. ) There were plenty of parts that caused me to pause and re-read them again slowly to truly digest the ideas. Each chapter can stand alone, so it’s great for reading in snippets or for jumping around, depending on your personal passions.
I went straight to the atheism and Eastern religions chapters because those are so relevant to my daily life.
However, this book goes beyond logical and philosophical debate. The heart of the book is “winning people rather than arguments.” The authors admit that non-Christians have valid, soul-searching questions about Jesus and the Christian faith which deserve thoughtful and loving responses. There are six chapters focusing on various challenges to the Bible : postmodern, atheism, youth, Islam, Eastern religion, and science.
The second section of the book delves into deeper issues such as the problem of good and evil and cultural challenges. The third section is about spiritual transformation. And the book ends with Ravi’s call for the church to fulfill its role of defending the faith to a questioning world.
Ravi says the “task of the apologist is plainly and simply to remove the doubts and point the people to the cross.”
If you want to bone up on your apologetics so you can more skillfully remove doubts, Beyond Opinion is a good option. As a by-product, your own faith will be strengthened while you read the plethora of reasonable answers for the Christan faith. We walk by faith, but that faith is based on a rational belief system.