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During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant, or so Strobel thought.

But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason.

Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe. Join Strobel as he re-examines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling account, you'll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence in The Case for a Creator.

©2004 Lee Strobel; (P)2004 Zondervan Publishing

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"This solid introduction to the most important topics in origins debates is highly accessible and packs a good argumentative punch." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent Summary of Apologetics

Here is a book by one of my favorite authors who does his customary, excellent job presenting the facts in support of the Biblical account of creation. He does not fall into the trap of "young Earth" creationism, but acknowledges that God cared enough to create a world that was perfect for human life, even though it took Him billions of years to prepare stars with just the right materials to sustain carbon-based life forms (i.e. all the living creatures including us). There are books that treat this subject in more depth, but Lee Strobel's style of presentation makes it accessible even to the open-minded agnostic. I would highly recommend it.

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  • KML
  • Seattle
  • 10-25-04

Case closed...or opened?

Don't hesitate to purchase this book. Strobel's questions & answers, interviews and overall approach is top shelf. The concepts/ideas dealt with in this book are a great index and introduction to many of the established sciences, pointing towards identifying a transcendent creator as the causal agent for humanity. What could be more applicable to your life than coming to know who God is? If you have struggled with faith issues based on evolution, cosmology, biology, chemistry, philosophy, etc...this book is worth the read. I can think of no greater crime to the "self" than to not explore the information that is available to us today in favor of a personal transcendent creator. Reading this book is a great start on a journey towards learning who we are and how God has finely crafted our universe for the benefit of humanity.

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  • Tim
  • Fremont, NE, United States
  • 02-24-05

Very Thorough, Very Broad, Well Written & Read

I was very impressed with the breadth of this book regarding the evidences for a creator. Having read many science-related books on topics covered by Stroebel, I was surprised at how many points (and even obscure and esoteric ones at that) the author addressed, such as superstring theory, modern inflationary models of the universe, alternate parallel universes, etc....

I enjoyed the topical approach to the book - having separate chapters deal with biochemistry, astophysics, physics, biology, chemistry, etc... This kept things from becoming too fragmented & disorganized.

The interview format of the book also worked well. I appreciated how the author pointed out the fact that many naturalists (agnostic and/or athiest) have trouble reconciling many of the matters addressed in this book. I have come across some of the same references myself (such as Francis Crick's inability to believe that DNA was a result of mere random chance rather than intervention).

While I give the book 5 stars without hesitation, I perceived 2 weaknesses. First, Stroebel interviews no "hostile" experts. In his defense, he does quote them frequently and raises their objections with all of the interviewees in the book. Second, I felt that the chapter on consciousness was not up to par with the other chapters in the book. It may be due to the more subjective nature of the topic, but I wasn't as impressed with this chapter.

However, these minor points do not detract from what is a fantastic book! I'd recommend this book to two distinct groups of people: (1) Those who are Christians, but find themselves uneasy based on the perception that science has undermined all that they believe and (2) Those who are not Christians, but want to take an honest look at whether or not belief in a creator has any logical or scientific merit.

This is not an exhaustive work, in terms of depth, but cover a tremendous scope of topics. It also provides many sources for further study.

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A book that all Atheists should read

As a lifelong academic of both science and engineering I have always seen things in a particular way. When I look at my watch, I believe there to be a watch maker. Likewise, as I have grown to understand the unbelievably complex method by which our world has been constructed, it undoubtably seems that the complexity of the design points to a designer. Also I find it hard to believe it only coincidence that mankind has the ability to comprehend the vast greatness of space and time, but it is hard for me to imagine what type of supernatural being it would require to make it. These realizations, along with many others, are pointed out in great fashion in "The Case for a Creator" I Highly recommend it.

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  • James
  • Overland Park, KS, USA
  • 01-21-05

I'll use this one for some time...

I certinly did not read this book as a skeptic, however I believe that Strobel will get some people to rethink their position on Intelligent Design by using his secular objections to ID.

Personally, this book further deepened my relationship with Christ. I thank God that he wonderfully made this world and this book showed in greater detail just how special his creation is.

I will say that I was a young earth creationist prior to this book, however I'm reconsidering that position based on the science of ID. 1st stop, Genesis...

Way to go (again) Lee...

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Complicated but interesting

There is a great deal of substance to this book. You will not remember everything but you will come away believing that there is solid support for a creator.

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Excellent

Excellent book. Very long and can get very technical. Would still recommend for anybody who is on a religous journey.

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Strobel does it again!!

A very complete study of the Creation controversy. He with the help of many different experts in various fields will help you understand why the account of Creation in the Bible is the ONLY explanation that makes any sense. It will also help you to be able to defend the Faith. A little more technical than "The Case For Christ", but still excellent and not hard to follow. I think Lee does an outstanding job of making the other people speaking in the book come to life. Who knows their accents better than the one who interviewed them. Great work!!

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Great Audio Version of A Great Book!

Where does The Case for a Creator rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm into apologetics, and already own a copy of this book. However, it's a fantastic one to have in audio format, especially when read by Strobel himself. Thanks for offering it.

What other book might you compare The Case for a Creator to and why?

It's an antithesis to The God Delusion, for one thing. Then again, Dawkins' book is poorly reasoned, so maybe the comparison is a tad unfair...

Have you listened to any of Lee Strobel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first. I own several of his books in written form, though.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just really appreciate the content, and it's convenient to have in audio form.

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Very good, but needs to explain Genesis better.

As a Christian, I found the scientific information in this book very fascinating. It had many things I was aware of, and a lot of more recent scientific discoveries. It is just impossible to believe in evolution. I wish the author would have gone into more detail about creation as spelled out in the book of Genesis. Primarily more information regarding the age of the earth, as there is a lot of debate surrounding that subject. The website Answers in Genesis, by Ken Ham, does a really good job of explaining a lot of this which I wish the author of this book would have addressed, or even interviewed Ken Ham.

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  • Steve Harris
  • 10-22-16

Have read Lee Strobel was great listing to him

This was a great listen and will definitely listen again. I have to admit I am already a convinced Christian but this gave me new support for my beliefs in a creator

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  • Fredrick
  • 10-26-15

Excellent book.

Really enjoyed this book. More and more science fight against the lie of evolution. Already read (The case for Christ). Both were prepared well and plenty of research was done.

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  • Chris
  • 04-12-13

Convincing and inspirational.

A refreshing change from the norm. Lee has a conversational style that works extremely well. He has a way of describing scientific evidence succinctly. As I listened to to the arguments he presented I became more convinced that design is the only rational explanation for our existence. One in the arm for the Dawkins crew whose arguments seem more and more to be unconvincing to say the least.

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  • S N Bayliss
  • 08-18-17

Great revelatory listen

An easy to digest study of science, philosophy and theology that includes a storyline to help you along the discoveries of Lee Stobel.

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