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The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus | [Lee Strobel]

The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis. Strobel challenges them with questions like. How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Strobel's tough questions make this read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be?
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Publisher's Summary

Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?

Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, who are recognized authorities in their fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?

Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this remarkable book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure.

What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ?

©1998 Lee Strobel; (P)2002 Zondervan

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    Joanne United States 02-18-13
    Joanne United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "too lenghty, not to the point, want to exchange"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More to the point, It is so lenghty is becomes background noise in my mind and I think I am going to mis the point. I am going to exchange for the abridged version and see if it gets better


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Strobel again?

    I'll try. I was excited about the subject matter but right now am disappointed.I do not like story type reads, too much misc talk for my liking.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Fredricks?

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    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Case for Christ?

    ? Can't get through it


    Any additional comments?

    Hopefully the abridged is more to the point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Raleigh, NC, United States 09-18-12
    Adam Raleigh, NC, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book and performance; lacking counterpoint."

    "The Case for Christ" is a very good book on Christian apologetics. Author Lee Strobel was an investigative journalist and an atheist. He decided to investigate the case for the divinity of Christ by applying his journalist skills to interview experts and gather information. Strobel interviews a wide range of scholars including historians, philosophers, theologians, and medical doctors. His conclusion at the end of the 2 year investigation is that Jesus was the unique Son of God.

    While this book presents a sophisticated case for the existence and divinity of Christ it does have a nagging problem that makes the fair-minded listener hesitant. Strobel's choice of experts to interview are in remarkable lock-step on theological and ideological issues. Every single expert he interviewed was a conservative Christian and biblical literalist. Christian philosophy and theology are diverse fields but Strobel appears to have stacked the deck in favor of one particular idealogical outcome: conservative biblical literalism. This seems strange to me. If Strobel really began this quest looking for unbiased truth why didn't he interview professionals with a wide range of beliefs? Worse yet, Strobel and his subjects mention competing views and then summarily shut them down; however Strobel never interviews scholars who hold those competing views to see if their arguments would stand up, or if they could offer compelling counterpoint.

    I like this book, and recommend it, but I also recommend that the listener supplement their reading of this book with views of scholars from across the spectrum of Christian academic thought.

    The performance was quite good and a surprise to me. The reader uses different tones, accents, and speech patterns for the different interviewees. That may sound off-putting but it is really quite enjoyable. It really made it feel like I was listening to interviews of different people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    david 07-04-12
    david 07-04-12 Member Since 2014

    “the book I was reading turned out to be crack” ― Elizabeth Norris, Unraveling

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    "One sided"
    What disappointed you about The Case for Christ?

    That was an extremely one sided argument.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A book giving the other side of the argument


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Fredricks’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Case for Christ?

    Jon


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Theo Tsourdalakis 11-19-11
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    "EXCELLENT - WORTH THE LISTEN"

    I found this book highly interesting and informative.It was not dry and boring

    I was inspired to hear compelling evidence for the historical Jesus.

    Lee journalistic background with real life legal cases comes to the fore as he probes the accuracy of the New Testament and person of Jesus.
    The fringe whacko's get much airplay putting forward fanciful suggestions which seem to undermine Gospel of Jesus. Lee explores these claims carefully and seriously and give credible evidence which affirms the faith the reasonableness of Christians.

    I commend this book to all who want to know the real Jesus

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    Greenwood Chicago, IL, United States 09-20-11
    Greenwood Chicago, IL, United States 09-20-11
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    Was very clearly read. Thoroughly helped me in reading the book. I recommend it if you want to learn while doing another activity such as working out.

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    Simon Mt Laurel, NJ, USA 07-12-10
    Simon Mt Laurel, NJ, USA 07-12-10
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    "Really powerful investigative style research"

    I'm a devoted Christian, yet still find this is very convincing book!!

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    Michelle Ormond Beach, FL, USA 04-22-06
    Michelle Ormond Beach, FL, USA 04-22-06 Member Since 2014
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    "What a book!!"

    Throughout the book I found myself wanting to share with others. It isn't that I ever doubted the resurection but to have your faith confirmed with facts is an amazing experience. God Bless.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 03-30-06
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 03-30-06 Member Since 2007
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    "Could convince anyone who would read it!"

    I have listened 3 times, and I'm sure I will again. If you don't need convincing of the reality of Christ as I didn't, this will still give you a lot of great material for defending the Faith and to help you handle many of the objections we get when witnessing to others. At the very least it will strengthen your own beliefs in Christ. If Lee could be convinced ...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Henry Sr. 06-27-05
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    "Compelling Evidence"

    I was surprised by the amount and quality of the evidence. Excellent book!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Abbeville, AL, United States 02-27-13
    Jeff Abbeville, AL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting listen - but not a lot of proof."

    The author and the experts spend all of their time discussing the plausibility of events written down in the bible, but they never gave indisputable proof that the miracles performed by Jesus actually happened. Good listen, but in the end, there is NO proof, only Faith.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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