Ravi Zacharias: The Uncomplicated Facts

Steve Baughman

Steve Baughman is a lawyer and part-time student at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley. For extensive documentation of the assertions in this article see his Ravi Zacharias exposé Cover Up in the Kingdom: Phone Sex, Lies, and God’s Great Apologist, Ravi Zacharias, available at Amazon for download and physical delivery. Steve can be reached through his website www.RaviWatch.com.

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  1. Oscar Gordon says:

    The guy was still using a Blackberry in 2017?Report

    • It was his private male server.Report

    • veronica d in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

      For all of its flaws, Blackberry did seem to earn a good reputation for security, so I can see how someone who wanted secure communications (with a random women he claims was harassing him) might stick with Blackberry, even as the rest of the market has moved on.Report

      • At least at one time, there were a lot of secured applications where the server side depended on the the mobile devices being Blackberries. Five or six years ago you could still find people using Blackberries in order to use that one secured app. Government agencies were/are notorious for it. Trust me, legislators are very very reluctant to spend money to replace software that still works. In part that’s because government is terrible at buying software and systems, and a lot of the replacement implementations don’t work. This is how you get to the situation this year, when so many states’ unemployment insurance software turned out to be written in COBOL, running on IBM hardware that will still execute System/360 binaries.Report

        • Philip H in reply to Michael Cain says:

          when my federal agency pulled the plug on our Blackberries several years ago in favor of iPhones i was not happy. Not only did I find the Blackberry UI much more intuitive, but I liked having actual keys for my ham fingers to type on. But the Blackberry was “Canadian” and the iPhone is “American” and I’m in the Commerce Department, so there ya go.Report

        • My guess is that if there are still humans when the Y10K problem becomes critical, there will also be IBM hardware capable of running System/360 binaries via some not-quite-infinite nested layers of emulation.Report

          • And undoubtedly the Y10K problem will happen, at least if humans are still doing the coding. This year we had minor fallout because one type of fix used for Y2K was only good for 20 years, and the code was still in service.

            I used to think that I wouldn’t have to worry about Unix’s Y2K38 problem, either because I’d be dead or because 32-bit Unix would have disappeared outside of museums. We’re only 18 years away now, and if Y2K patches are still in service, it seems likely there will be code running on some form of Unix/Linux that will use the wrong size integer for the time/date. Plus the major organs all seem to be hanging in there.Report

    • Steven Baughman in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

      I don’t think Ravi’s BlackBerry use with the woman went into 2017. But he was using it in 2015 and maybe 2016.Report

  2. LeeEsq says:

    Ravi was an Indian?Report

  3. Steve Baughman says:

    Would anyone who knows BlackBerry be willing to answer a few questions I have about their security features? I am the author of this article. I would sure appreciate that. I am Steve@lawbw.comReport

  4. Burt Likko says:

    Seemingly rare is the nationally- or internationally-popular religious figure, who would be assessed by a non-adherent of that religion as all three of:

    a) leading a personal life generally free of sexual and financial shenanigans;
    b) has not fabricated academic credentials in some fashion; and
    c) preaching behavior that is apparently well-rooted in the writings of their faith’s ancient holy texts.

    Now, don’t misunderstand me. I volunteer rather than concede that there are quite a lot of clerics out there in the world who meet all three of these criteria at the same time. Maybe even the overwhelming number. But I notice that those people tend to focus on their local ministries rather than on pursuit of national or international fame. I also notice that they don’t tend to engage in a lot of apologia as a means of outreach to the non-faithful and perhaps attempts to convert them.

    (Query if apologia to non-believers is actually effective at gaining conversions.)

    Is this particular to Christianity, I wonder? We certainly see and hear more about Christian clerics doing questionable things than we do clerics of other faiths, but here in the USA, Christianity in its manifold flavors is very culturally dominant. Also, it seems to only be in the Anglosphere, and within that it’s mostly in the USA, that we encounter an abundance of clerics who feel the need to engage by way of apologia to do things like defend the literal truth of Genesis or otherwise engage in some sort of academic or logical confrontation with skeptics and doubters.

    (Seriously, does this even work? Does it actually gain more than a token number of converts? My experience with arguments of this nature is that only those who are already firmly convinced they’re right even pay attention to this sort of thing, and hearing apologetic and counter-apologetic arguments almost always cements rather than softens the world view of the listener. It’s almost as if the apologist is simply throwing red meat out to the already-faithful in the hopes of inducing them to financially support their efforts to engage in unresolvable debates. Almost.)Report

    • Saul Degraw in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Christianity especially of the protestant evangelical variety is the only religion that seems to people who seek to be reknown beyond local ministries. The whole aspect of Christian apologetics is also rather odd to me. Jewish apologetics exist but in the context of preventing forced conversion or murder. The apologetics of the kind practiced by the deceased seem weird because they have already won.Report

    • Kenneth B. in reply to Burt Likko says:

      Ravi peddles the Word of God.l’ve heard him honor Joyce Meyer. He’s treated Catholics as Christians. This man of God” is highly deceptive.Report

  5. Denise Janetos says:

    You’re gonna feel so bad when he resurrects!Report

  6. Don says:

    “The woman’s husband had sued a pastor before” = set upReport

    • Steve Baughman in reply to Don says:

      I looked into that prior lawsuit. It was against a pastor named John Visser in Ontario, Canada. I reviewed church documents and saw that the pastor had committed over a score of acts of spiritual and financial abuse of parishioners. In this particular case he had persuaded someone in his spiritual care to invest money in his family business, to great loss.

      It’s a rough world where a single lawsuit means that for, the rest of your life, if you use legal process to vindicate your rights someone is going to call you a con artist. But that’s the way it is. As we see here.Report

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