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Ravi Zacharias is quick


Last week some friends posted a video on Facebook of Ravi Zacharias answering a question from a skeptic. It's worth your time. I'll embed it at the end of this post. It reminded me though of an antecdote I read about Ravi Zacharias earlier this year. Here it is (quoted from Justin Taylor):

I remember lecturing at Ohio State University, one of the largest universities in this country. I was minutes away from beginning my lecture, and my host was driving me past a new building called the Wexner Center for the Performing Arts.

He said, “This is America’s first postmodern building.”

I was startled for a moment and I said, “What is a postmodern building?”

He said, “Well, the architect said that he designed this building with no design in mind. When the architect was asked, ‘Why?’ he said, ‘If life itself is capricious, why should our buildings have any design and any meaning?’ So he has pillars that have no purpose. He has stairways that go nowhere. He has a senseless building built and somebody has paid for it.”

I said, “So his argument was that if life has no purpose and design, why should the building have any design?”

He said, “That is correct.”

I said, “Did he do the same with the foundation?”

All of a sudden there was silence.

You see, you and I can fool with the infrastructure as much as we would like, but we dare not fool with the foundation because it will call our bluff in a hurry.

Here's the video:

Here's the beauty of what Zacharias does: he follows their thoughts to their end even, or especially, if the skeptic does not. The fellow in video attacks the idea of an objective, external morality (for example, that which is revealed in the Bible). He is supposing that there is no real right and wrong, yet he still lives his life as though there is (and consequently when people break that morality, they may do him harm). The architect wanted the postmodern relativism to extend even to his field, but he can't change the laws of physics despite all of his ideaology.

God exists whether we like it or not–and all of us know it.

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