Here’s the video from Jason at The Western Experience.
In the video, Ravi surveys the standard 3 arguments for theism in an accessible, non-confrontational way.
Ravi is that he is one of the top Christian apologists, and a good friend of William Lane Craig. One of the valuable things I learned from Ravi was how to test propositions for truth. He recommends a three-part test. First, you have to apply the laws of logic to the proposition. If a proposition is self-contradictory, then it is false. Second, you have to make sure it is validated by empirical evidence. Third, the proposition should be experientially relevant.
In this post, Jason re-tells a story of Ravi’s encounter with an Indian professor. Indians tend to embrace a syncretistic view of religion, so that people basically believe anything they want without really testing any of it using the tests for truth. They avoid the first test for truth by saying that a proposition A can be true and not true at the same time, and in the same sense. This is one of my favorite Ravi stories.
For example, Dr. Zacharias was debating logic and truth and their unique relationship to the idea of God and his plan for humanity at a college campus when he was challenged by a professor at that university. The professor accused Zacharias of using the Western logic either-or and reasoning in such away that it ignored other forms of logic. The professor insisted there were other truths and that Zacharias was ignorant when it came to Eastern logic. Humorous when one considers that Ravi Zacharias is from India and a former Hindu.
The professor informed Ravi that there is another kind of logic that speaks to truth such as the Eastern ‘both-and’ logic. In other words, salvation is not either through Christ or nothing else, but both Christ and other ways. And truth can be found in other ways besides the either-or logic. As the professor’s lecture ensued, Ravi listened patiently and in places would say, “No, you don’t mean that.” The professor maintained his position as he tried to prove there were two kinds of logic and Dr. Zacharias was doing an injustice by neglecting the other. Finally, Zacharias told the professor that he could end the discussion with one simple question. Curiously, the professor dropped his pen and insisted that he do.
Now, you click through to Jason’s post and see the question that Ravi asked the professor!
This is a question you will use everywhere once you learn it. I first heard this story as an undergraduate in the late 1990s and every word of it stayed with me. Ravi’s book “Can Man Live Without God?” was one of the first books I ever read on apologetics. (The first was E. J. Carnell’s “An Introduction to Christian Apologetics”, which was given to me by a Young Life pastor)
If you like Ravi, you can find some of his university lectures here. The Harvard University one is pretty good. I like his earlier stuff better, because I believe he’s gotten a bit soft lately. I find him to be very accessible, but a bit mystical, compared to some of my favorites like William Lane Craig, J.P. Moreland and Walter Bradley. A lot of new apologists like him and Greg Koukl because they are more intuitive.