Ravi Zacharias, popular evangelical defender of the Christian faith, dies at 74

Ravi Zacharias, a popular Indian-born preacher who worked to defend the intellectual basis for Evangelical Christianity, died May 19 at home in Atlanta on Tuesday. He was 74.

Until his death, Ravi had been battling an aggressive form of bone cancer, according to a statement from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.

Ravi was an Indian-born Canadian-American. He was the author of more than 30 books revolving around Christianity, including the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Book Award winner Can Man Live Without God? in the category “theology and doctrine”and Christian bestsellers Light in the Shadow of Jihad and The Grand Weaver. Zacharias was the founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) and host of the radio programs Let My People Think and Just Thinking.

He was a leading figure among Christian apologists, a branch of Christian theology that defends Christian doctrines against objections, CNN reports. 

He is survived by his wife, Margie, daughters Sarah and Naomi, son, Nathan, and five grandchildren.

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