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Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure (Great Conversations) [Paperback]

By Ravi Zacharias (Author)
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Item description for Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure (Great Conversations) by Ravi Zacharias...

Why would God create us with such strong appetites for pleasure if He didn't intend for us to indulge them? Oscar Wilde gets to ask Jesus Christ this question in Ravi Zacharias's fictional dialogue -- the second book in the dramatic Great Conversations series. Wilde, a witty author and conversationalist who committed his life to the pursuit of pleasure, is the ideal person to argue with Jesus about this perplexing issue. The two historical figures think out loud about beauty, Blaise Pascal, and the Bible in a sparkling interchange that will fascinate and enlighten readers.

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WHY "versus" WHY NOT?
Why did God place us in a world full of pleasures if we aren't meant to pursue them all?
In an imaginative dialogue, Oscar Wilde asks Jesus Christ to respond to this question about critical lifestyle choices. Their talk vividly illustrates the arguments for both sensual pleasure-seeking "and "moral moderation.
Playwright, dramatist, poet, critic--Wilde openly defied the mores of Victorian society. His literary repartee fueled an ""if it feels good, do it"" humanistic philosophy that is still prevalent in the world today.

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Studio: Multnomah Books
Pages   94
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.58" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.26"
Weight:   0.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Multnomah Books
Series  Great Conversations  
ISBN  1590528603  
ISBN13  9781590528600  

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More About Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias RAVI ZACHARIAS is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children.
DR. VINCE VITALE, born in NYC, went to study philosophy at Princeton University, and there took an unexpected journey that led him to God. He now teaches at Wycliffe Hall of Oxford University, is Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and is a speaker for RZIM.

Ravi Zacharias has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Great Conversations
  2. Rzim Critical Questions Discussion Guides

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Reviews - What do customers think about Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks to Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure (Great Conversations)?

Good  Dec 23, 2007
As a fan of Ravi works, I bought this also, its only 96 pages and worth the purchase. I enjoy philosophy, what you have here is Ravi talking to Oscar Wilde about pleasure, the sacredness of why God created it. It's marvelous how Ravi chose a great candidate for his book of those who abuse the sacredness of pleasure. Oscar Wilde lived a life of debauchery, who indulged his lifestyle of vain and worthless things. A life that got him into prison and ultimately his death mirrored his lifestyle. A great read, for those who enjoy philosophy.
3rd-rate moralizer mangles Wilde's corpse  Jul 18, 2007
"Formerly we used to canonise our heroes. The modern method is to vulgarise them. Cheap editions of great books may be delightful, but cheap editions of great men are absolutely detestable."

--Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist

For this author, who knows nothing of the soul of Wilde's arguments, to dare to speak for him is as offensive and irresponsible as me sculpting in the name of Michelangelo. A bias proselytizer, his insipid interpretations of Wilde's philosophies, and 3rd-grade understanding of art, are completely wrong, set up like strawmen to be batted about by his "Jesus." Even worse: it's badly written.

But don't take my word for it. Look at the sample pages, then read Wilde's "Critic as Artist" or "Decay of Lying" online, and draw your own conclusions.

What a tragedy. That small men can play dress-up with great men's corpses adds a new horror to death. They are, as Wilde says, the mere body-snatchers of literature.
Jesus And The Wilde Life   Jan 24, 2005
I have been a fan of Dr. Zacharias' books and lectures for many years now. Having recently read biographies of both Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas I thought there would be some interesting insight here. The book is not as strong as it could be. As for the life of Wilde there is really nothing new here. That said, the conversation between Jesus, Oscar Wilde, and Blaise Pascal creates an interesting juxtaposition. Dr. Zacharias has done a great service in his conversation with Jesus series of books. My only negative comment is the back handed comments by Dr. Zacharias in this book toward Roman Catholic liturgy and sacramental belief. As a Catholic, that is one conversation I would like to have with Dr. Ravi Zacharias.
A masterful representation of the depravity of humanity  Oct 17, 2004
I have read this book a few times now, and I can wholeheartedly say that I have never read a book that more clearly portrays the pathetic nature of the human heart, nor provided greater insights than this book does.

Some say this is not an acurate protrayal of Oscar Wilde, but I think they are wrong. The book shows the corruption of the heart that is evident in all people, including: Oscar Wilde, Mother Theresa, myself, the reader of my review, and all other people. This is not a book about one man's struggle, it is about the struggle that every person faces in life, and it is an invaluable resource for all people.
Great Book!!!  Sep 15, 2004
I thought that this was a great fictitious conversation between Jesus and Oscar Wilde. It delved deep into the nature of man and our ability to enjoy our indulgences. The dialogue was well written, the conclusions made perfect sense and the book will really make you think. I'd recommend it to anyone. It works as Christian fiction, but it also works as a philosophical treatise.


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