He's my favourite living Christian author. I read "Can Man Live Without God" when I was 15. It fanned the flames of my faith immensely. He convinces you that there have to be moral absolutes, that God must exist, that He must be good, if not, life is utterly meaningless.
That book probably kept me dreaming about studying philosophy abroad for the next 4 years.
Having gone on to read several of his books and writings, I have come to relish his flourish in showing how Truth as told by Jesus answers the deepest questions questions of soldiers, schoolchildren, professors and prisoners (indeed, all of humanity) today.
As he travels extensively around the world, speaking to universities and world leaders, he engages himself with several kinds of people, some virulently opposed to God, and some others who have found God in extraordinary conditions.
His books are filled with tales of conversations with these people. He marries these anecdotes with quotes from Romantic poets, incisive logical argument and his own personal biography, creating a compelling testament for the Christian claim.
It was, of course, an experience to remember when you finally get to sit before a beloved writer and teacher and hear him speak. His oratory kept the entire audience rapt for an hour. (The emcee introduced him saying that when one hears him speak, one truly hears the voice of God. That much is true.)
Yet, as far as his argument and thesis went, Lucas and I are of the opinion that Dr. Ravi could have gone so much farther. He admitted he would diverge a little from the topic A life that has lost its focus from the onset.
He was slightly nebulous in trying to preach from the lives of 2 kings of Judah, Manesseh and Josiah, and still talk about lives and nations that have left God out of their picture today. He had to skim over his argument for God's existence and obejctive morality.
OK, Lucas was more disappointed than I am. I'm satisfied to have heard several profound soundbites from the good Dr. Ravi.
He spent some time talking directly to the young people there. He rightly observed that there were many youths there (JC kids proudly wearing their sweaty school uniforms to the talk) and told us this:
"Young people, learn to think well. Learn to think rationally. Learn to think properly.... The problem with young people today is that they don't think.... and when someone comes along with a cock-eyed idea, he sweeps them away...."
William and a (large) bunch of departing PSC scholars there. That's definitely God's voice speaking to them.
Allow me to degrade into a groupie here. I got Ravi to autograph my copies of Jesus talks to Buddha (OK, I told Dr. Ravi frankly that I found it too contrived for my liking) and Jesus talks to Oscar Wilde!!!! Lucas and I also got to chat with him about his upcoming books in the "Great Conversations" series, where he imagines Jesus talking to other great historical personalities.
Dr. Ravi's actually already got 2 more books down for that, Jesus talks to Mohammed and Jesus talks to Hitler. The latter one is coming out later next month, while the former (for obvious reasons) is actually locked in a safe awaiting the right time to be published. I mean, he doesn't want to be blamed for another London train bombing, right?
I wait with bated breath.