I, Isaac, Take Thee Rebekah
Ravi Zacharias has spoken in over fifty countries, including the Middle East, Vietnam and Cambodia (during the military conflict) and in numerous universities worldwide, notably Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge and Oxford University. 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. 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 at the Pentagon. As well, Mr. Zacharias has spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN session each year, and in 2003, at the invitation of the President of Nigeria, addressed the delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Heads of State, held in Mozambique, July 2003.
Mr. 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. 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. Mr. Zacharias has been honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Houghton College, a Doctor of Laws degree from Asbury College and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Tyndale College and Seminary, Toronto. Mr. Zacharias has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, where he studied moralist philosophers and literature of the Romantic era. He is also now a regular visiting lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.
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.
While at Cambridge Zacharias also authored his first book, A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism (Baker Book House, 1994, 2nd ed.). His second book, Can Man Live without God (Word Publishing, 1994), was awarded the Gold Medallion for best book in the category of doctrine and theology, and has been translated into eight languages. Deliver Us from Evil (Word, 1996) followed with an accompanying video series. Cries of the Heart (Word, 1998) was his fourth book. His first children's book, The Merchant and the Thief (Chariot Victor), was released in 1999, followed by The Broken Promise (Chariot Victor, 2000). Jesus Among Other Gods (Word, 2000) was nominated for a Gold Medallion. The first in a series of great conversations, The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha was released by Multnomah in October 2001, and the second, Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks with Oscar Wilde, in October 2002. Mr. Zacharias's very personal response to the September 11th tragedy is Light in the Shadow of Jihad, (Multnomah, 2002). Recapture the Wonder was released by Integrity Publishers in July 2003, and I, Isaac Take You, Rebekah, a book on marriage, will release February 2004 (W Publishing Group).
Mr. Zacharias is listed as a distinguished lecturer with the Staley Foundation. His weekly radio program, "Let My People Think," is broadcast over 1500 stations worldwide, and he has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. He is president of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. RZIM website averages more than 100,000 hits per day. Mr. Zacharias and his wife, Margaret, have been married for 33 years. They have three grown children; Sarah, who is married to Jeremy, Naomi, and Nathan.