Several leading Christian scholars and apologists have issued a public statement, expressing grief over Ravi Zacharias’ “documented sexual misconduct.” And they’re calling on the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) to own its complicity in the scandal involving its late founder, and to initiate reforms.
The statement was posted to Facebook by Dr. William Lane Craig, a well-known author and apologist, president of Reasonable Faith, and professor of philosophy at both Houston Baptist University and Talbot School of Theology.
Other signers include:
Mike Austin (Professor of Philosophy, Eastern Kentucky University, and current president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society)
Sarah Enterline (Author; historical apologist)
Gary Habermas (Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics, Liberty University)
Michael Licona (President, Risen Jesus, Inc., Associate Professor of Theology, Houston Baptist University)
J.P. Moreland (Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University)
Christopher Reese (Editor-in-chief, Worldview Bulletin)
Hugh Ross (Founder and President, Reasons to Believe)
Kathy Ross (Director, Reasons to Believe)
Robert B. Stewart (Professor of Philosophy and Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)
Jerry L Walls (Professor of Philosophy and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University)
David Wood (Acts 17 Apologetics)
The letter follows information in September that Zacharias was the predator, not the victim, in a 2017 sexting scandal with a Canadian woman, and new allegations that Zacharias had sexually assaulted massage therapists in spas he co-owned.
An interim report from an investigation commissioned by RZIM found “credible evidence” that Zacharias “engaged in sexual misconduct over many years.”
The board of RZIM, which reportedly includes Zacharias’ wife and daughter, said it intends to release the full report of the investigation after it is complete.