23: Ravi Zacharias, Josh Harris, and the Myth of Christian Heroes

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Ravi Zacharias died on May 19, 2020, and amidst the flood of social media posts saying #thankyouRavi by Christian celebrities like Tim Tebow and ministry leaders like Louie Giglio, there have been the quiet reminders of Zacharias’ alleged harassment of a woman in Canada.

This is a meaty episode – not for the theologically faint of heart – as Jess and Devi talk about the Myth of the Christian Hero. Why do we need these famous Christians to be “perfect”? What does it say about us that we even need heroes or a king figure to look up to?

Jess talks about working with Josh Harris while she was making the documentary I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye and the impact of Christian celebrity culture she witnessed around Harris.

We end by asking ourselves and you – to whom should we be looking? Who is the perfect king or life-saving hero?

Image of Ravi Zacharias is from the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries media kit, and the image of Josh Harris is a screen grab from I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

Show Notes:

Ravi Zacharias Responds to Sexting Allegations, Credentials Critique by Kate Shellnut and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra for Christianity Today

A video response from Zacharias’ accuser and her “written response to false allegations”

Request for release from an NDA

Jesus Our King sermon by Timothy Keller from December 12, 1993

Kissed Goodbye by Ruth Graham for Slate

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye documentary by Jessica Van Der Wyngaard



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