Adolf Hitler is to modern-day minds the personification of evil. A disciple of Nietzche, Hitler fulfilled the philosopher's prophecy that the 20th century would be the bloodiest known to man. At the other end of the spectrum, Jesus Christ is regarded as all that is good and holy. His life and teachings continue to guide humanity toward a higher standard of life. The premise of Dr. Ravi Zacharias' new book, "The Lamb and the Fuhrer," takes place seconds after Hitler commits suicide on April 30, 1945. The man who put millions of innocents to death stands in judgment before the One who sacrificed Himself on the cross to save mankind. Zacharias, a Christian apologist in the vein of C.S. Lewis, uses the Gospels and Hitler's writings and public speeches to craft an imaginary dialogue between Christ and the dictator. Jesus' questions and pinpoint probing of Hitler's philosophy leads to the mad Austrian indicting himself:

Hitler: What do you know about real strength? You were spat upon, humiliated, scourged, beaten by the filth that fill this world. You talk to me about strength?

Jesus: Power does not lie in using it, but in having it and using it in the right way and for the right purpose. God does not take delight in the strength of a horse or in the strength of the legs of a man but in those that fear Him. You are so mistaken about power and authority. You wanted to gain the whole world, and all you have ended up doing is losing your soul. "The Lamb and the Fuhrer," the latest in Zacharias' "Great Conversations" series, uses an imaginative discourse to illustrate the differences between Christianity and other beliefs. President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (visit www.rzim.org), the Indian-born scholar packs more food for thought into his 90-page book than a whole semester of philosophy may offer a college student. Zacharias' style, like C.S. Lewis' in "Mere Christianity," is deceptively simple ‹ anyone can read and understand it, but you will want to pore over every page to absorb what he writes. Published by Multnomah Publishers Inc., "The Lamb and the Fuhrer" is available in book stores and through Ravi Zacharias' Web site. Other titles in the series include "The Lotus and the Cross" and "Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks With Oscar Wilde."

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