By Jonathon Van Maren
By now, most of you will be familiar with the script: A prominent Christian figure gets accused of sexual misconduct; the allegations are denied; eventually, they are proven. In many instances, victims previously ignored or even maligned as persecutors of their predators are given apologies, which do little to repair the shambles of their lives created by the abuse and the cover-up.
From the abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church to the high-profile implosion of Jerry Falwell Jr. to the recent evidence that late evangelical apologist Ravi Zacharias was a sexual predator, the revelations seem at times relentless.
The fallout from the reports detailing Ravi Zacharias’ decades-long abuse of women is still ongoing, as global affiliates staffed with world-class Christian apologists shut down or disaffiliate from the mother ship, slowly being borne down under the weight of the name that was once the gold standard in apologetics. The Canadian branch of RZIM will be closing down entirely.
Family, friends, and legions of fans have been stunned to discover that Zacharias perpetrated abuse in the U.S., Thailand, India, Malaysia, and elsewhere; had hundreds of photos of young women, some naked, on his phones; that he solicited and received photos up until mere months before his death from cancer last May.