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
Strobel uses analogies from criminal cases he is familiar with, along with his talents as an investigative reporter for a major newspaper, to help tell the story of how he became a Christian. His wife's conversion to Christianity led him to approach the Bible from a factual angle, and he spends quite a bit of time visiting with scholars and trying to prove one way or the other whether the events cited in the New Testament, primarily the four Gospels, could have actually happened.
As is the case with any book of this type, you're either going to believe or not, and the book itself may help push you into feeling more strongly; non-believers will likely dismiss it as yet another attempt to coerce their thinking. There are certainly some logic errors, but he does make a strong case for his side.
As a lifelong Christian, I found the story interesting and well told, although Strobel tries a little too hard in his attempt to provide drama. While the book isn't likely to convert anyone, keep in mind there's a reason it's called "faith."
The audio version gets in the way sometimes as the narrator attempts to provide different voices for the characters; I would have preferred a straight read.
All in all, it's a great listen if you're a believer and want some facts, or if you're not sure what to believe and have an open mind.
Srrobel tries in this book to make the reader feel that he or she is walking with a reporter who is using his years of investigative experience to prove (or disprove) the case for Christ's existence and then the case for his divinity. I enjoyed the book and feel that it does help the lay reader begin to understand that there is a great deal of biblical and non-biblical support for Christ's existence. However, it is more difficult to feel as comfortable about Christ's divinity.
If your goal were to build a foundation to help support your faith that Christ was God, this book would serve well as perhaps one building block. To make a stronger case that Christ was divine the author should have spent more time interviewing those scholars who hold well-reasoned arguments against the divinity of Christ and dealing with their objections. With this in mind, I would recommend the book and remind people that building a case for Christ and his divinity will be a long journey.
In an age when so much religion is unsupported passion, it is refreshing to see a book that approaches this subject with an honest straightforward approach. If you are looking for the facts, the intellectual foundation for the historical Jesus, this is a good place to start. This does not mean that the book is hard to read, just the opposite is true. This book is written with a journalist?s eye toward presenting the facts in a straightforward, easy to understand format that makes even the deepest subjects, like esoteric texts that support the Bible, easy to put in perspective. For those who want to dig deeper, this book serves as a great overview with lots of supporting information and plenty of clues to help in your search. Strobel's literary device of giving the book the excitement of a nationwide search for answers may wear thin toward the end, but it gives the book a sense of story rather than a treatise on biblical inerrancy. It?s a good read, for those who believe as well as those who don't. For those who do believe, it presents the Magna Charta for the faith: for those who do not, it presents the foundations of the faith in a simple, easy to read format. I was genuinely pleased and surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.
This is a great book for anyone who questions the authenticity of the bible, anyone who is looking for an explanation of how to understand the bible, or anyone that just wants to broaden their knowledge of History and the truths of Jesus. Lee covers many things I've never thought of. With evidence of his findings anyone willing to look at the facts will be amazed and forever be changed!
Some argue that Mr. Strobel wrote this book from a one sided view, a predisposed opinion toward Jesus and Christianity. That argument is incorrect. The book is the result of his begining stance as an atheist who sets out to pull apart the fundamental beliefs of Christianity. He already knew the aguments against Christ, he already knew the science, the writings, the "intellectual" aguments that stand against Jesus. This book is a recap of his questioning the other side. Just as an intelligent reporter, lawyer or any intelligent person would do - he gathered information from his oppostion, from all sources. This book is a summary of his findings along with his report on the personal end result. This book didn't start with a Christian wishing to spread Christianity, it began with an atheist trying to disprove Christ.
Loved every morsel of this work by Lee Strobel. Each and every interviewee has exceptional insight, so much so that I'm about a quarter the way through a fourth listen, it's that detailed. My wife thinks I'm a little dingy, but as a Christian who enjoys apologetics this audio version is truly a rich experience. Some may not like Dick Fredricks' change of voice for each interview, but his remarkable talent (a different, appropriate accent/inflection/pace for each voice) heightens the listening experience for me.
This book changed my life. Written perfectly and easy to follow. I knew it was a long book but I found myself listening to it almost three times in a row.
"Please read, listen to it."
The cover is self explanatory really.
I hope you will read/listen to it. It will show you why 2000 years later it is still important to seriously consider Christ. I hope you do.
Easy flow, accessible for all and good narration.
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