Why Jesus?: Rediscovering His Truth in an Age of Mass Marketed Spirituality

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ravi Zacharias
Narrator: Author
Genres: Christianity
Publisher: Faithwords
Published In: January 2012
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

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.

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Reviews (2)

Written by Mirjana Sherlock on November 27th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I found it difficult to listen to this book as I found the author's tone very condesending and focused the most on criticizing other beliefs and spiritual leaders and the least talking about Why Jesus. The ironic thing for me was that the spiritual leaders that were criticized are the individuals that helped me get closer to Jesus.

Written by Jeremy Monette on December 29th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A Challenge to Honest Scholarship, Zacharias provokes the reader to set aside contemporary notions of both Eastern religion and Christianity and to investigate and contrast both the New Spirituality of Eastern popularizers and the teaching of Jesus. His conclusion is that only Jesus brings real understanding of the human condition, and only He offers hope for humanity. This hope is in the form of a personal relationship with God. Zacharias' arguments are logical and his illustrations are pertinent. The book prompted me to a more intense study of Scripture.

Author Details

Author Details

Zacharias, Ravi

For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford university. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include Walking from East to West, a memoir; The Grand Weaver, an exploration of God's intention in both the ordinary and the startling elements o