Ravi Zacharias, beloved apologist and very close friend of Stream publisher James Robison, has passed away. James has said many times, “I had no greater encourager when launching The Stream than Ravi Zacharias. He was our guest on LIFE Today numerous times, spoke in our conferences, and we shared the platform as guest speakers over the last 30 years.” The internationally-acclaimed author, speaker, and mentor succumbed to cancer at his home in Atlanta Tuesday morning. He was 74 years old.
Ravi — almost everyone spoke of him by his first name — brought heart and beauty to Christian apologetics, the study of reasons for confidence in Christian truth. It was the warmth of his storytelling that drew many into an appreciation of apologetics. “I’ve just been reading a book by Ravi Zacharias,” they’ll say. “He’s brilliant!” He was indeed — a lifelong student of faith, truth, religion, and culture, and firmly insistent on the need to develop a Christian mind. Yet his writing and his speaking were suffused as well with his love for Christ, his delight in beauty, his compassion for the lost and despairing. No man was ever more gentle with a questioner challenging him in debate — gentle, even while surgically laying bare the false thinking behind atheism or other religions.
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