Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a Christian ministry founded and headed by Dr. Ravi Zacharias.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Zacharias was born in India in 1946 and immigrated to Canada with his family twenty years later. While pursuing a career in business management, his interest in theology grew; subsequently, he pursued this study during his undergraduate education. He received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
– Source: Ravi Zacharias Bio

Dr. Zacharias is well-versed in the disciplines of apologetics, comparative religions, cults, and philosophy.

He says that a coherent worldview must be able to satisfactorily answer four questions: Where did I come from? What is life’s meaning? How do I define right from wrong and what happens to me when I die?

Zacharias has authored numerous books, and he is the host of two radio programs: Let My People Think and Just Thinking (heard weekly and daily, respectively, on Christian stations across the U.S.).

Mission Statement

The primary mission of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is to support, expand and enhance the preaching, teaching and vision of Ravi Zacharias.

Distinctive in its strong evangelistic and apologetic foundation, it is intended to touch both the heart and the intellect of the thinkers and opinion-makers of society and to REACH and CHALLENGE those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
– Source: About Us, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries is a global team of itinerant speakers with offices throughout the world in: the United States, the United Kingdom, Romania, the Middle East, India, Singapore, Hong Kong and Canada. Founded in 1984 by Ravi Zacharias, the vision of RZIM is fourfold:

  • Evangelism with a particular focus on skeptics, cultural influencers and critical thinkers
  • Apologetics that addresses current issues and the intellectual struggles related to these concerns, and the humanitarian needs of those at risk within a society
  • Spiritual Disciplines that focus the mind and heart on the glory of God
  • Training that comes alongside the Church or concerned Christians worldwide so that the mandate of I Peter 3:15 might be fulfilled—to set apart Christ in our hearts as Lord and always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us, with gentleness and respect, all for the glory of God.

– Source: About Us, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

The ministry introduces itself as follows on its YouTube channel:

In January 2006 a reporter for the Southeast Missourian wrote:

Zacharias has built a reputation as a premier thinker in Christian philosophy through several books and speaking engagements that have taken him to esteemed centers of thought like Harvard, Princeton and Oxford, where he is a visiting lecturer.

Of all world religions, Christianity is unique in that it defines the nature of the human spirit unlike any other — that man is born a sinner, said Zacharias. The teachings of Christ hold a monopoly on truth among world religions because more than anything else they describe the true nature of man.

“Everything he says fits together and exists not just in isolation,” he said. “The older I get, the more convinced I am of the truthfulness of who Christ is.”

Zacharias has had a long time to think about truth and its relation to Christianity. He was born in 1946 in India and began studying theology at around age 20 after moving to Canada.

His arguments are structured and complex. Saturday night Zacharias used basic tenets of Christianity like the sinful nature of man, the breakdown of morals in a climate of relativism and the unification of the world’s many diverse aspects as building blocks for his argument.
– Source: Matt Sanders, Ravi Zacharias mixes spirituality, reason in speech, Southeast Missourian, USA, Jan. 22, 2006

Trivia Factlet

Growing up in his native India, author Ravi Zacharias used to participate in a strange event called the slow cycling race.

The goal of the race was not to take off as soon as the gun sounded, but to move as slowly as possible. In fact, it was best if you could remain standing still on your bicycle, your feet not touching the ground. The goal of the race was to come in last.

Some competitors were so adept at staying stationary that the distance of the race was only a few yards.
– Source: Glenn McDonald, Imagining a New Church, The Christian Century, Volume 116, Issue 24, September 8, 1999.

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