After the Allegations Against Ravi Zacharias
A look inside CT’s reporting and what this means for Christian witness and evangelism.
This week, Christianity Today published an in-depth report on allegations of sexual misconduct by popular apologist Ravi Zacharias:
Three women who worked at the businesses, located in a strip mall in the Atlanta suburbs, told Christianity Today that Ravi Zacharias touched them inappropriately, exposed himself, and masturbated during regular treatments over a period of about five years. His business partner said he regrets not stopping Zacharias and sent an apology text to one of the victims this month.
RZIM denies the claims, saying in a statement to CT that the charges of sexual misconduct “do not in any way comport with the man we knew for decades.” The organization has hired a law firm “with experience investigating such matters” to look into the allegations, which date back at least 10 years. RZIM declined to answer any further questions about the inquiry.
This week on Quick to Listen, we discuss this story with Daniel Silliman, the journalist who wrote it. He joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss how he went about reporting this story, what makes this story unique from other stories of other fallen Christian leaders, and why CT reports bad news on Christian leaders, even after they have passed away.
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Why we report bad news about leaders: A note from the editors on the Ravi Zacharias investigation
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The transcript is edited by Bunmi Ishola
Highlights from Quick to Listen: Episode #232
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October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020