Renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias sat down with popular Jewish conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to discuss a number of philosophical and theological topics, including what he believes to be the “most important phrase” in the Ten Commandments.
The 73-year-old evangelical, who was born into a high-caste Hindu family in India and now travels the world spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, participated in a recent one-hour interview on Ben Shapiro’s “Sunday Special.”
During the show, which is hosted on the Shapiro-founded conservative news and opinion website The Daily Wire, Shapiro asked Zacharias to respond to claims by prominent atheists that moral law, if it does exist, seems to have evolved over the course of centuries.
“Take an example like slavery,” Shapiro said. “Originally, the Bible contemplates that slavery is part of life. And then over time, we have decided that not only is slavery not a part of life, but slavery is also a grave evil that ought to be fought wherever it exists. How do we justify evolution in the Judeo-Christian framework of morality?”
Zacharias, an author and the founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, responded by stating that such an argument comes from the “metaphysical extrapolation of the naturalistic interpretation of the very origin of life.”
“When you talk about the evolution of humanity itself, they want to talk about the morality itself as also sort of evolving. I think it becomes a circular argument,” Zacharias said. “The argument that somehow we were valueless to start with and just happened to be on the radar screen of life and that we developed all these things over a period of time, I think, is a false view of the beginnings. In fact, you know very well as a scholar within the Jewish framework, the very concept of slavery was a very different idea of what we interpret as slavery is all about.”
“When you talk about Paul talking about how to treat the ‘slave’ in the household and that he was willing to redeem this person in a socio-economic framework that you have these kinds of terms used and systems used, we are bound to make blunders,” he added. “I would then turn the question on its head and say, ‘All right, if you believe we have evolved morally, why is it in the 20th century that we killed more people in warfare than all of the previous 19 centuries put together?'”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith