Title: Jesus Among Secular Gods
Authors: Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale
“We all follow a god, whether supernatural or secular,” the authors state in Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale’s book, Jesus Among Secular Gods: The Countercultural Claims of Christ.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-fifty-six-page paperback targets those who are interested in dissecting current religious beliefs that are against the claims of God and Jesus written in Scriptures. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the NLT, NKJV, ESV, NHEB, and KJV are also referenced. The book is divided into eight chapters, ending with acknowledgments and notes.
In this book where each author writes four chapters, it covers atheism, scientism, pluralism, humanism, relativism, and hedonism as it relates to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Often mentioning experiences and discussions by the writers, it contains quotes of Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, and the Qur’an, as well as C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and the Bible.
The writers describe the atheist’s anger as they mock and ridicule Christianity without answering the “why” of God as they increase their desire for autonomy and power. The chapter on scientism further examines the Who behind the how, while pluralism is about origin, meaning, morality, and destiny but lacks a personal relationship with the Creator. Covering the philosophy of humanism that promotes transcendental spirituality, the experience machine of relativism, and the money and sex of hedonism, all offer a partial truth instead of accepting God’s free gift of loving each of us unconditionally.
~ Why ~
Having taken a religion class at a secular college decades ago, I found this book similar in explaining the different “isms” of the day, yet it refutes and challenges those who do not have Jesus Christ as their pivotal focus. In-depth with explanations, the book can be read a little at a time to comprehend how non-Christians believe and think and how we should respond in love to them. I like the hermeneutics of the topic and appreciate the many details in counter-acting to some of the non-God beliefs.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with our Lord may not understand and ardently disagree with this book. Some will take it as an emotional attack on their beliefs. A few may wish there were less of the writers’ experiences or analogies.
~ Wish ~
Having a sister who used to profess Christ and now is a white witch teaching the occult, I wish the book mentioned the fast-growing attraction of supposedly achieving a godship status as a human. This form of Satanism is another anti-Christ viewpoint that appears to be gaining traction, yet the book never mentions how the devil is the prince of darkness on Earth and behind many of these false “isms.”
~ Want ~
If you yearn to understand what non-believers of Jesus Christ think of the gods they serve and need assistance understanding their religions, this is a helpful resource that would be a good textbook in a Bible class on the subject.
Rated 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to the Hachette Book Group for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jesus-among-secular-gods-ravi-zacharias/1123748103?ean=9781455569151#/