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Ravi Zacharias

BIO

For thirty-four years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world and in numerous universities including Harvard, Princeton and Oxford. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, President Fujimori’s cabinet and parliament in Peru and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow.

At home in the U.S., Ravi Zacharias is recognized for his academic excellence, his sincere faith and the clarity of his message. He has been privileged to bring the main address at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, DC, an event endorsed and co-hosted by President George W. Bush and has spoken at the Pentagon. Additionally, Zacharias has spoken twice at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN session each year. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed the delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders, held in Mozambique.

Ravi Zacharias was born in India in 1946 and immigrated to Canada with his family twenty years later. While pursuing a career in business management, he felt his interest growing toward theology; subsequently, he pursued this study during his undergraduate education. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Well-versed in the disciplines of comparative religions, cults and philosophy, he held the chair of Evangelism and Contemporary Thought at Alliance Theological Seminary for three and a half years. Zacharias earned a Doctor of Divinity degree both from Houghton College, New York, and from Tyndale College and Seminary, Toronto, and a Doctor of Law degree from Asbury College in Kentucky. He is presently a visiting professor at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University in Oxford, England.

At the invitation of Billy Graham he was a plenary speaker at the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986 and 2000. Zacharias has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, where he studied moralist philosophers and literature of the Romantic era.

While at Cambridge, Zacharias authored his first book, A SHATTERED VISAGE: The Real Face of Atheism, which in 2004 was updated and republished as THE REAL FACE OF ATHEISM. His second book, CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT GOD, was awarded the Gold Medallion for best book in the category of doctrine and theology. DELIVER US FROM EVIL followed, complete with an accompanying video series. LIGHT IN THE SHADOW OF JIHAD was his very personal response to the events of September 11.

His other works include CRIES OF THE HEART, RECAPTURE THE WONDER, I, ISAAC, TAKE THEE, REBEKAH, WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST: God in the Shadows with R.S.B. Sawyer and THE GROUND WEAVER, a 2008 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist. Zacharias has created two children’s books, THE MERCHANT AND THE THIEF and THE BROKEN PROMISE. He has also penned the Great Conversations series, a collection of innovative apologetics resources that includes THE LOTUS AND THE CORSS: Jesus Talks with Buddha, THE LAMB AND THE FUHRER: Jesus Talks with Hitler and SENSE AND SENSUALITY: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure and his most recent project, NEW BIRTH OR REBIRTH? Jesus Talks with Krishna (Multnomah, 2008). Several of Zacharias’s works have been translated into many other languages including Russian, Arabic, Korean and Thai.

Ravi Zacharias is listed as a distinguished lecturer with the Staley Foundation and has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. His weekly radio program, Let My People Think, is broadcast over 1500 stations worldwide and his weekday program, Just Thinking, began airing in November 2004.

He is president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. Mr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children.

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