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  • Writer's picture Peter Kupisz

“Everything Is Meaningless!” - Ravi Zacharias’ Response

Ravi Zacharias, a Christian intellectual and evangelist, was once speaking to a large, college crowd when he was suddenly interrupted. A student stood up and yelled, “Everything is meaningless!”

Zacharias responded, “You don’t believe that.”

The student yelled back, “Yes, I do!”

“No, you don’t.”

“I most certainly do. Who are you to tell me I don’t?”

“Then repeat your statement for me.”

“Everything is meaningless!”

Zacharias then said, “Please remain standing; this will only take a moment. I assume that you assume that your statement is meaningful. If your statement is meaningful, then everything is not meaningless. On the other hand, if everything is meaningless, then what you have just said is meaningless too. So, in effect, you have said nothing.”

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Ravi K Zacharias and Danielle DuRant, Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2010), 320.



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