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
Unsupported conclusions stated as fact; sophomoric arguments lobbed to "experts" that aren't the actual arguments of atheists; uncited sources used as evidence; blanket "most scholars" and "the majority opinion" statements used to discount serious arguments; other serious arguments against Strobel's conclusions unaddressed; and the complete lack of interviews from scholars who hold opposing views makes this work a case study in how predetermined conclusions color our evaluation of evidence.
In "The Case for Christ", Strobel says he has taken an "objective" and "hard-hitting" examination of the evidence using "journalistic" methods, yet for the reasons stated above, he fails to do that. And the listener is left with a piece of Christian propaganda rather than a truly objective look at the arguments for and against Christ based upon ALL of the evidence. For that, Christians will be happy - but those of us who are actually interested in the arguments will find this work severely lacking.
I truly wish that I had been introduced to this book before I actually became a believer. And those lost years, as a journalist like the offer, this book is researched and written so profoundly you have to have -- to use the author's words -- " more space stubbornness to remain an atheist then to become a Christian." , given that the narrator does voices for all of the interviewees, it is an entertaining listen.
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