Though proud skepticism is rife in academic bastions, the human spirit still longs for something more. This tension must be addressed, especially at this time of cultural upheaval, and it is imperative that the answers [Christians] espouse meet not only the intimations of the heart but the demands of the mind. Here the greatest question of our time must be considered: Can man live without God? It must be answered not only by those who are avowedly antitheistic, but also by the many who functionally live as if there were no God and that His existence does not matter.(Italics mine)
But in all fairness, there is another side to this story, justifiably provoking the contempt of the skeptic. Much of what has passed for the Christian message has been nothing more than frothy God-talk -- mindless, thoughtless, and in its exploitation of people, heartless. This, too, will not do. Just as so much of antitheistic thinking when scrutinized is sensically impoverished, so also much religious verbiage, seeped in emotional drivel and bereft of reason, can be tossed at unsuspecting audiences in the name of orthodoxy. The ruinous end of the latter, in its destruction of lives plundered materially and spiritually, may be greater than the ideas perpetrated by the openly cynical. Is there an answer to all of this? I sincerely trust there is. And it is to find that common ground of interaction that this material is presented.
I've been openly skeptical of other Christian apologists, but, I must admit, Zacharias' straightforwardness and balance in reasoning is disarming. I'll post further thoughts on this text as I explore it further.
1. For those that don't know, the term "apologist" comes from the Greek word meaning "defender," in the sense of a defense attorney. A Christian apologist is one who "defends the faith."