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In his #1 best-seller The Case for Christ, legally trained investigative reporter Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. But despite the compelling historical evidence that Strobel presented, many people grapple with serious concerns about faith in God. As in a court of law, they want to shout, "Objection!" They say, "If God is love, then what about all the suffering in our world?" Or, "If Jesus is the door to heaven, then what about the millions who have never heard of him?" Or, "If God cares for everyone, then why does he eternally torture some in hell?" In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his tenacious investigative skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief--the eight "heart" barriers to faith. The Case for Faith is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with formidable intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.

Topics: Jesus, Love, The Bible, Devotion, and Essays

Published: Zondervan on Jan 1, 2000
ISBN: 9780310565703
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The first of what became a string of "The Case for..." books, presented under the guise of 'fair and balanced investigative journalism' but is actually nothing more than an opportunity for Strobel to lob soft balls at his favourite fundamentalist preachers so that they can make his case for him. Strobel's stated intent is a lie. He has not set out to present a true treatment of the issues but to evangelise, pure and simple. A true investigation by an investigative journalist would have included opinions and research from people who actually hold the contra-positions - positions that Strobel simply constructs 'straw man' versions of to give the illusion of asking the tough questions. An appallingly bad book.read more
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I found many aspects of Strobel’s book enlightening and very thought provoking. He interviews many experts on the documentation for the New Testament. The book dispels many of the myths surrounding what people “think” they know about the Bible and covers many aspects of reliability for the Bible and for Christ that many people, including Christians, just are not aware of. In this book, he also gives good demonstration that there is quite a body of attestation for Jesus’ existence in history.There were minor parts in which I disagreed with what was said, but those mainly pertained to certain interpretations or positions of doctrine that either Strobel or an interviewee and made, not necessarily to the topic of the reliability of the Bible or to the Messiah. Over all, a very good book and worth the read.There have been those who complain that Strobel doesn’t interview those who “have a case against Christ”. This is true, but to be fair to the author, he never intended to do this and doesn’t purport to. He is simply putting out the case for Christ, not against. Besides, what other books out there, by atheist or otherwise, write both pro and con arguments? Not many at all. You’re more likely to find those in academia any way.read more
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This book examines the evidence for Jesus by interviewing a dozen academics who specialise in a variety of different fields. Evidence that was examined included scientific, medical psychological evidence and also examination of the Bible and other historical documents. It would be great book for anyone seeking evidence for the existance of Jesus as the Messiah. A great book to recommend to non-Christian friends.read more
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This tool has been helping me answer questions from a friend who is struggling to find truth. What excites me about this book is that the story of Jesus, as told in the Gospels, is not only reliable, it is reliable in many categories. The internal and external proofs are overwhelming, and anyone who is sincerely looking for answers can be assured Jesus really lived on earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead on the third day.read more
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This was a very good book by Strobel. I actually enjoyed it more than his other book I had read to my surprise (Case for a Creator). However, my complaint is that he did not go to people who did not believe the things that he was pushing. He did push the right-winged Christians with questions from the other side though, which was appreciated as it can help me to answer atheists and other skeptics.read more
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The author was an atheist when his wife of many years became a Christian. He was quite dismayed and expected her to become a dull and boring person. When she didn't, he decided to use his skills as an investigative reporter to see if the case for Christ would stand up in a court of law. He crisscrossed the country interviewing authorities.Strobel had an easy interview and writing style, but the book was very dense. Nevertheless, I'm glad that I read it.Karen chose this book for book discussion with New England Memorial Church.read more
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Do yourself a favor. If you're not already a Christian nothing this book insists is evidence is even slightly convincing. If you are a Christian don't give this to you're non-Christian friends to try and convert them, you'll just annoy them (and waste your money).It is obvious to any skeptic reading this book, that for all of Strobel's insistence that he was a hardcore atheist and bristling skeptic he has absolutely no idea what sort of questions and answers matter to skeptics. Nor does his interaction with his all Christian interviewees suggest anything but compliant and soft handling. He appears to be wearing two or three pairs of kid gloves. He'll say that he can't let them off the hook and that he's going to give them a tough question and then lob some sort of crackpot theory no self respecting skeptic would ever take seriously.The formula it this. 1. Start chapter with an exciting, but irrelevant anecdote about criminal investigation. It's a terrible and transparent gimmick aimed it showing that investigating the Bible is the same as investigating contemporary crime, even though there aren't any witnesses, material evidence, forensics or really any means at all to demonstrate anything concrete whatsoever. 2. Talk about the dude you're going to interview. Spend a page talking about his credentials, but then tell us not to worry about him bein' some unrelatable academic snot. He likes hockey! And has pictures his kids drew! And and he looks like a nice guy! Frankly I'm surprised he never got around to comparing them to lovable pop culture icons. Reading this ridiculous dribble about why I should like this academic every-man I couldn't help wondering what he would have said about skeptical academics had he actually interviewed any. I doubt that he would talk about them in such sappy heartwarming language. Would he simply omit the gratuitous page of leg-humping (which really didn't need to be there at all) or would he mention the "cold uncomfortable feeling he felt in their presence" and describe the "lack of human touches in their office"? I don't know. It's one more reason I wish he had included interviews from people that weren't all presenting the argument he was selling.3. Next you dive into the interview. This involves Strobel asking a question involving the theme of the of the chapter and immediately accepting whatever answer is given. Sometime he admits that that was enough to convince him, but asks a few more softball questions anyway to demonstrate his commitment to academic pursuit. Almost all examples of scholarly opinion and evidence is only vaguely referred to and lacking reference. They say things like "every one agrees that..." but fail to say who everyone is, or more importantly why they agree. It is assumed that hearing that some unknown theoretical scholars think it is as good as actual evidence and evaluation. It's not uncommon for them to insist that agreement is unanimous in the academic community regarding an issue when a simple google search shows it isn't. I shouldn't need to point out that conducting a criminal investigation or trial in this manner would be a joke. 4. Having declared the previous claim fact without actually applying any sort of rigorous evaluation or providing any evidence Strobel then uses it to prove more claims. This is basically all the book is. Making a claim, not really investigating it, declaring it inequivocally proven and then using it to prove other claims.5. Throw in some strawman versions of skeptic arguments and you're good to go.In a nut shell, this book argues that what the Bible says must be true because the Bible says it. It never addresses any real arguments against religion in general or Christianity in particular and on the occasion Strobel accidentally raises a legitimate objection his subject wasn't prepared for it is dismissed with a wave of the hand rather than actual logic or evidence. Unless you already accept the Bible as fact this is just going to be a lot of self appreciative nonsense and a giant waste of time.Some of you may be wondering why someone like myself that so clearly didn't like the book felt the need to read it and review it. It was given me by my mother. She was completely convinced it would show me the light and save me from my atheist ways. This is the third book I have read that was given to me to these ends, and while none of them has come even remotely close to addressing the sort of the things that me make an atheist rather than a Christian, this book was by far the worst of the bunch. I don't recommend giving your atheist or agnostic friends religious books or attempting to convert them, it is more likely to strain the relationship than make good Christians of them.read more
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Strobel claims to be a journalist, and yet the only 'experts' he interviews during his 'investigation' are evangelical christians.What kind of journalist writes a piece on a controversial subject without finding sources on all sides of the given issue?The title should have been "The Case for Christ: A shoddy journalist's personal quest to find people who agree with me."read more
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Lee Strobel interviews and investigates some of the top religious, scientists, archeologists to come up with this book...to say there really was a Jesus Christ that walked among the earth and he is the son of God. Praise be to God for Lee. If you struggle with explaining Jesus to someone you love, give them this book.read more
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Engaging and well-written. One criticism would be that the author only interview's "friendly witnesses", so that while it is ostensibly an impartial journalistic enquiry we never really get to hear the other point of view. This may be seen as disingenuous by some.read more
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I had an open mind when I read the book and it seemed to convince me , or at least to provide for me the ability to argue in better defense of christianity , but I have since came to the realization that I was fooling myself and ignored some of the obvious slants in the book. I gave it a 4 because this book creates very sharp opinions before or against. I did like the writing unlike some of the other reviewers here.read more
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The author builds a strong case that Christ was a real person and actually performed miracles.read more
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Atheists don't have a leg to stand on with the hard evidence that this journalist presents in his case for Christ. Nothing else in history has the kind of proof and witnesses that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has and it is simply wonderful to see how this case unfolds. Lee Strobel had started out on this quest as a hard-core skeptic and atheist. And he emerged a devout Christian. I doubt this means that others will do so too. If there's one thing I've learnt each person needs to go on their own spiritual journey and discovery. However, I enjoyed reading this book. It was confirmation of my faith and very very informative. I would recommend this book to all seekers of faith and christians alike.read more
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For anyone who has questions about Jesus Christ, this is the book for you. This book is great for both believers and nonbelievers alike. Lee Strobel interviews several experts in various fields and asks them the tough questions about Jesus Christ, and the New Testament. Read it with an open mind: it'll change your outlook forever.read more
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This book is one of the most satisfying and comprehensive treatments of both text-internal and historical evidence that I have seen. The writing is compelling and accessible to readers of many ages and theological backgrounds. Having read it three times in the past nine years, I am more able to see now how this type of work is insufficient to replace the Holy Spirit in opening someone's heart to the truth, but Louis Lapides' comment in the book still holds true, that in our day and age, "No one can say, 'There is no information.'" This book is a fantastic jumping-off point for getting that information, both for believers looking for ways to defend the faith and for non-believers looking to evaluate whether there really is any good evidence.read more
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One of a series includingThe Case for the Real JesusThe Case for a CreatorThe Case for Faithread more
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This book I have taken notes and re-read numerous times. I recommend to anyone who studies the bible or anyone who would like to know more about Christianity.read more
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Asking the questions of a tough skeptic, Lee Strobel investigates the historical Jesus, and the reliability of the New Testament. He details his own quest that led to faith in Christ, and allows the reader to follow along and draw their own conclusions. A good book for the thinking person.read more
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Very good documentation of how Jesus stands up to scholarly historical scrutiny. Helped bolster my faith though I'm looking even more forward to reading The Case for Faith.read more
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I'm already convinced so I'm biased but I thought it was a pretty solid arguement.read more
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This is a great and easy read. I read this as a skeptic before becoming a Christian and it helped me find a starting point in my own search for Christ.read more
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I finished Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus next. He was a former religious skeptic but is now a Christian and teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. He worked for the Chicago Tribune as an investigative reporter and he studied law so I thought it would be interesting to see what he found. This book was a 432 page book broken up into 3 parts, "Examining the Record", "Analyzing Jesus", and "Researching the Resurrection."In this book there was a lot of information and was well written and interesting. The author interviewed 13 Christian experts including such people as Craig Blomberg, Bruze Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, Ben Witherington III, and William Lane Craig. This book was a book about Strobel’s reasons for his belief in Jesus but not a well-balanced pro and con view of both sides. If you are looking for that, this is not the book. His book also had others like one of my favorites, Ravi Zacharias, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; Phillip Johnson, Law Professor, University of California at Berkeley; D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries; J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; and Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College. It would take too long to get into each subpart of the three main parts to flesh out all the details here but I’d be happy to talk to anyone a little more in-depth about this book in this thread. This book has a lot of one sided "evidence" but many are begging the question issues in my mind but overall I thought he did a good job with this book. I'd give this 4 stars out of 5.read more
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This book could easily be called "Lee Strobel Speculates Wildly from Unconvincing Premises" or "Lee Strobel Interviews People that Agree With Him". This book is a strange combination of soft-ball interview questions and absurd leaps of logic. Lee Strobel may once have been an atheist, but if he was he wasn't a particularly thoughtful one. You would have to have no knowledge of logical fallacies and no understanding of history or human psychology in order to be convinced by these arguments.read more
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One-sided and unconvincing.read more
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This was a very interesting and compelling book. I read it as a believer, so I needed no convincing, but I liked reading the way an attorney approaches the subject.read more
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Substance: Each element of the "case" is based on the evidence Strobel would consider necessary in any legal case, and each chapter is prefaced by an actual case relevant to that type of evidence. These anecdotes are quite interesting, although not always exactly on point. For the evidence about Christ he depends on doctrinal scholars and their research. Not much of what he discovers is new, but it's useful to have it gathered into one volume.Style: Strobel's presentation and evaluation of the evidence is journalistic rather than scholarly. There may be an associated documentary available.Notes:"Legend today develops instantly - it's called 'spin' and it happens on purpose."Check the rest of the notes marked in the book.For some bizarre reason, he drops in a paragraph condemning the Book of Mormon without any further explanation or previous motivation.read more
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A bit verbose, but good information inside.read more
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This was one of the first books I read in 2002 as God starting working His power in my life. It encouraged and emboldened me. The chapter on the death and subsequent resurrection were informative, sobering and comforting. It is a great book to give to an unbeliever who will take the time to read it.read more
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So amazing. The man went from being an antagonistic Athiest to a born again Christian--it's a great read for everyone in that spectrum. I like how he used secular writings from the 1st century as well as the culture of the early church to help us understand different aspects of the history behind Christ's story.He asked the logic questions that most people have, and the answers he found are very convicting. I have a new found love for Luke as a historian, and the preface to his gospel makes me smile. I also like how he breaks up his research into different parts, and the part I most appreciated was the information on Resurrection of Christ.I'm proud that a professor from my Alma Mater, Liberty University, was referenced!read more
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The first of what became a string of "The Case for..." books, presented under the guise of 'fair and balanced investigative journalism' but is actually nothing more than an opportunity for Strobel to lob soft balls at his favourite fundamentalist preachers so that they can make his case for him. Strobel's stated intent is a lie. He has not set out to present a true treatment of the issues but to evangelise, pure and simple. A true investigation by an investigative journalist would have included opinions and research from people who actually hold the contra-positions - positions that Strobel simply constructs 'straw man' versions of to give the illusion of asking the tough questions. An appallingly bad book.
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Book Description: Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good.
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I found many aspects of Strobel’s book enlightening and very thought provoking. He interviews many experts on the documentation for the New Testament. The book dispels many of the myths surrounding what people “think” they know about the Bible and covers many aspects of reliability for the Bible and for Christ that many people, including Christians, just are not aware of. In this book, he also gives good demonstration that there is quite a body of attestation for Jesus’ existence in history.There were minor parts in which I disagreed with what was said, but those mainly pertained to certain interpretations or positions of doctrine that either Strobel or an interviewee and made, not necessarily to the topic of the reliability of the Bible or to the Messiah. Over all, a very good book and worth the read.There have been those who complain that Strobel doesn’t interview those who “have a case against Christ”. This is true, but to be fair to the author, he never intended to do this and doesn’t purport to. He is simply putting out the case for Christ, not against. Besides, what other books out there, by atheist or otherwise, write both pro and con arguments? Not many at all. You’re more likely to find those in academia any way.
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This book examines the evidence for Jesus by interviewing a dozen academics who specialise in a variety of different fields. Evidence that was examined included scientific, medical psychological evidence and also examination of the Bible and other historical documents. It would be great book for anyone seeking evidence for the existance of Jesus as the Messiah. A great book to recommend to non-Christian friends.
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This tool has been helping me answer questions from a friend who is struggling to find truth. What excites me about this book is that the story of Jesus, as told in the Gospels, is not only reliable, it is reliable in many categories. The internal and external proofs are overwhelming, and anyone who is sincerely looking for answers can be assured Jesus really lived on earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead on the third day.
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This was a very good book by Strobel. I actually enjoyed it more than his other book I had read to my surprise (Case for a Creator). However, my complaint is that he did not go to people who did not believe the things that he was pushing. He did push the right-winged Christians with questions from the other side though, which was appreciated as it can help me to answer atheists and other skeptics.
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The author was an atheist when his wife of many years became a Christian. He was quite dismayed and expected her to become a dull and boring person. When she didn't, he decided to use his skills as an investigative reporter to see if the case for Christ would stand up in a court of law. He crisscrossed the country interviewing authorities.Strobel had an easy interview and writing style, but the book was very dense. Nevertheless, I'm glad that I read it.Karen chose this book for book discussion with New England Memorial Church.
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Do yourself a favor. If you're not already a Christian nothing this book insists is evidence is even slightly convincing. If you are a Christian don't give this to you're non-Christian friends to try and convert them, you'll just annoy them (and waste your money).It is obvious to any skeptic reading this book, that for all of Strobel's insistence that he was a hardcore atheist and bristling skeptic he has absolutely no idea what sort of questions and answers matter to skeptics. Nor does his interaction with his all Christian interviewees suggest anything but compliant and soft handling. He appears to be wearing two or three pairs of kid gloves. He'll say that he can't let them off the hook and that he's going to give them a tough question and then lob some sort of crackpot theory no self respecting skeptic would ever take seriously.The formula it this. 1. Start chapter with an exciting, but irrelevant anecdote about criminal investigation. It's a terrible and transparent gimmick aimed it showing that investigating the Bible is the same as investigating contemporary crime, even though there aren't any witnesses, material evidence, forensics or really any means at all to demonstrate anything concrete whatsoever. 2. Talk about the dude you're going to interview. Spend a page talking about his credentials, but then tell us not to worry about him bein' some unrelatable academic snot. He likes hockey! And has pictures his kids drew! And and he looks like a nice guy! Frankly I'm surprised he never got around to comparing them to lovable pop culture icons. Reading this ridiculous dribble about why I should like this academic every-man I couldn't help wondering what he would have said about skeptical academics had he actually interviewed any. I doubt that he would talk about them in such sappy heartwarming language. Would he simply omit the gratuitous page of leg-humping (which really didn't need to be there at all) or would he mention the "cold uncomfortable feeling he felt in their presence" and describe the "lack of human touches in their office"? I don't know. It's one more reason I wish he had included interviews from people that weren't all presenting the argument he was selling.3. Next you dive into the interview. This involves Strobel asking a question involving the theme of the of the chapter and immediately accepting whatever answer is given. Sometime he admits that that was enough to convince him, but asks a few more softball questions anyway to demonstrate his commitment to academic pursuit. Almost all examples of scholarly opinion and evidence is only vaguely referred to and lacking reference. They say things like "every one agrees that..." but fail to say who everyone is, or more importantly why they agree. It is assumed that hearing that some unknown theoretical scholars think it is as good as actual evidence and evaluation. It's not uncommon for them to insist that agreement is unanimous in the academic community regarding an issue when a simple google search shows it isn't. I shouldn't need to point out that conducting a criminal investigation or trial in this manner would be a joke. 4. Having declared the previous claim fact without actually applying any sort of rigorous evaluation or providing any evidence Strobel then uses it to prove more claims. This is basically all the book is. Making a claim, not really investigating it, declaring it inequivocally proven and then using it to prove other claims.5. Throw in some strawman versions of skeptic arguments and you're good to go.In a nut shell, this book argues that what the Bible says must be true because the Bible says it. It never addresses any real arguments against religion in general or Christianity in particular and on the occasion Strobel accidentally raises a legitimate objection his subject wasn't prepared for it is dismissed with a wave of the hand rather than actual logic or evidence. Unless you already accept the Bible as fact this is just going to be a lot of self appreciative nonsense and a giant waste of time.Some of you may be wondering why someone like myself that so clearly didn't like the book felt the need to read it and review it. It was given me by my mother. She was completely convinced it would show me the light and save me from my atheist ways. This is the third book I have read that was given to me to these ends, and while none of them has come even remotely close to addressing the sort of the things that me make an atheist rather than a Christian, this book was by far the worst of the bunch. I don't recommend giving your atheist or agnostic friends religious books or attempting to convert them, it is more likely to strain the relationship than make good Christians of them.
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Strobel claims to be a journalist, and yet the only 'experts' he interviews during his 'investigation' are evangelical christians.What kind of journalist writes a piece on a controversial subject without finding sources on all sides of the given issue?The title should have been "The Case for Christ: A shoddy journalist's personal quest to find people who agree with me."
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Lee Strobel interviews and investigates some of the top religious, scientists, archeologists to come up with this book...to say there really was a Jesus Christ that walked among the earth and he is the son of God. Praise be to God for Lee. If you struggle with explaining Jesus to someone you love, give them this book.
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Engaging and well-written. One criticism would be that the author only interview's "friendly witnesses", so that while it is ostensibly an impartial journalistic enquiry we never really get to hear the other point of view. This may be seen as disingenuous by some.
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I had an open mind when I read the book and it seemed to convince me , or at least to provide for me the ability to argue in better defense of christianity , but I have since came to the realization that I was fooling myself and ignored some of the obvious slants in the book. I gave it a 4 because this book creates very sharp opinions before or against. I did like the writing unlike some of the other reviewers here.
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The author builds a strong case that Christ was a real person and actually performed miracles.
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Atheists don't have a leg to stand on with the hard evidence that this journalist presents in his case for Christ. Nothing else in history has the kind of proof and witnesses that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has and it is simply wonderful to see how this case unfolds. Lee Strobel had started out on this quest as a hard-core skeptic and atheist. And he emerged a devout Christian. I doubt this means that others will do so too. If there's one thing I've learnt each person needs to go on their own spiritual journey and discovery. However, I enjoyed reading this book. It was confirmation of my faith and very very informative. I would recommend this book to all seekers of faith and christians alike.
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For anyone who has questions about Jesus Christ, this is the book for you. This book is great for both believers and nonbelievers alike. Lee Strobel interviews several experts in various fields and asks them the tough questions about Jesus Christ, and the New Testament. Read it with an open mind: it'll change your outlook forever.
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This book is one of the most satisfying and comprehensive treatments of both text-internal and historical evidence that I have seen. The writing is compelling and accessible to readers of many ages and theological backgrounds. Having read it three times in the past nine years, I am more able to see now how this type of work is insufficient to replace the Holy Spirit in opening someone's heart to the truth, but Louis Lapides' comment in the book still holds true, that in our day and age, "No one can say, 'There is no information.'" This book is a fantastic jumping-off point for getting that information, both for believers looking for ways to defend the faith and for non-believers looking to evaluate whether there really is any good evidence.
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One of a series includingThe Case for the Real JesusThe Case for a CreatorThe Case for Faith
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This book I have taken notes and re-read numerous times. I recommend to anyone who studies the bible or anyone who would like to know more about Christianity.
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Asking the questions of a tough skeptic, Lee Strobel investigates the historical Jesus, and the reliability of the New Testament. He details his own quest that led to faith in Christ, and allows the reader to follow along and draw their own conclusions. A good book for the thinking person.
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Very good documentation of how Jesus stands up to scholarly historical scrutiny. Helped bolster my faith though I'm looking even more forward to reading The Case for Faith.
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I'm already convinced so I'm biased but I thought it was a pretty solid arguement.
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This is a great and easy read. I read this as a skeptic before becoming a Christian and it helped me find a starting point in my own search for Christ.
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I finished Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus next. He was a former religious skeptic but is now a Christian and teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. He worked for the Chicago Tribune as an investigative reporter and he studied law so I thought it would be interesting to see what he found. This book was a 432 page book broken up into 3 parts, "Examining the Record", "Analyzing Jesus", and "Researching the Resurrection."In this book there was a lot of information and was well written and interesting. The author interviewed 13 Christian experts including such people as Craig Blomberg, Bruze Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, Ben Witherington III, and William Lane Craig. This book was a book about Strobel’s reasons for his belief in Jesus but not a well-balanced pro and con view of both sides. If you are looking for that, this is not the book. His book also had others like one of my favorites, Ravi Zacharias, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; Phillip Johnson, Law Professor, University of California at Berkeley; D. James Kennedy, Coral Ridge Ministries; J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; and Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College. It would take too long to get into each subpart of the three main parts to flesh out all the details here but I’d be happy to talk to anyone a little more in-depth about this book in this thread. This book has a lot of one sided "evidence" but many are begging the question issues in my mind but overall I thought he did a good job with this book. I'd give this 4 stars out of 5.
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This book could easily be called "Lee Strobel Speculates Wildly from Unconvincing Premises" or "Lee Strobel Interviews People that Agree With Him". This book is a strange combination of soft-ball interview questions and absurd leaps of logic. Lee Strobel may once have been an atheist, but if he was he wasn't a particularly thoughtful one. You would have to have no knowledge of logical fallacies and no understanding of history or human psychology in order to be convinced by these arguments.
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One-sided and unconvincing.
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This was a very interesting and compelling book. I read it as a believer, so I needed no convincing, but I liked reading the way an attorney approaches the subject.
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Substance: Each element of the "case" is based on the evidence Strobel would consider necessary in any legal case, and each chapter is prefaced by an actual case relevant to that type of evidence. These anecdotes are quite interesting, although not always exactly on point. For the evidence about Christ he depends on doctrinal scholars and their research. Not much of what he discovers is new, but it's useful to have it gathered into one volume.Style: Strobel's presentation and evaluation of the evidence is journalistic rather than scholarly. There may be an associated documentary available.Notes:"Legend today develops instantly - it's called 'spin' and it happens on purpose."Check the rest of the notes marked in the book.For some bizarre reason, he drops in a paragraph condemning the Book of Mormon without any further explanation or previous motivation.
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A bit verbose, but good information inside.
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This was one of the first books I read in 2002 as God starting working His power in my life. It encouraged and emboldened me. The chapter on the death and subsequent resurrection were informative, sobering and comforting. It is a great book to give to an unbeliever who will take the time to read it.
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So amazing. The man went from being an antagonistic Athiest to a born again Christian--it's a great read for everyone in that spectrum. I like how he used secular writings from the 1st century as well as the culture of the early church to help us understand different aspects of the history behind Christ's story.He asked the logic questions that most people have, and the answers he found are very convicting. I have a new found love for Luke as a historian, and the preface to his gospel makes me smile. I also like how he breaks up his research into different parts, and the part I most appreciated was the information on Resurrection of Christ.I'm proud that a professor from my Alma Mater, Liberty University, was referenced!
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