Internationally known evangelist and author Ravi Zacharias has never been one to shy away from difficult subjects. In his latest book, WHY JESUS?, he tackles a subject that is difficult primarily in its scope: four decades of American religious life that he says has resulted in an "a la carte" spirituality that runs counter to genuine faith in Christ.
"'We need to be grateful for at least one thing that the New Spiritualists have done,' he writes. 'They have awakened us to a place of our need.' Through WHY JESUS?, Zacharias does an excellent job of supporting that assertion."
Authentic faith in Christ, Zacharias writes, can be based only on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as revealed in the Bible, the only source of truth. But truth has fallen out of favor among the various forms of contemporary spirituality, with proponents of what he calls the New Spirituality encouraging people to discard faith, reason, relevance and truth and instead embrace relativism. In the process, Jesus has been demoted from His rightful place as the resurrected Son of God to the role of admired leader, wise teacher and influential prophet.
In making his point, Zacharias takes on some of the icons of Western culture, most notably bestselling author Deepak Chopra, who gets little to no sympathy from him. Chopra, a highly educated doctor, has used his extensive academic background and medical experience to lend credibility to --- and, as the author writes, make a considerable income from --- his theory of "quantum healing," a process in which the healing of the mind results in the healing of the body. Zacharias devotes a fair number of pages to refuting what Chopra teaches and even expresses how frustrating it is that he is not able to explore Chopr