The Case for Christ and the Case for Faith: Two Books in One Investigating Faith, Christ, Christianity

Book: The Case for Christ and the Case for Faith: Two Books in One Investigating Faith, Christ, Christianity
Author: Lee Strobel
Cover Illustrator: Matthew P. Van Kirk
Publisher: Zondervan, 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0310608820
ISBN-10: 0310608821
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Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Strobel, Lee. The Case for Christ and the Case for Faith: Two Books in One Investigating Faith, Christ, Christianity (The Case for Christ published in 1998; The Case for Faith published in 2000; Compilation published in 2006 by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI 49530). Lee Strobel is the award-winning former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune. In The Case for Christ, his first book, Strobel retraces the steps of his own spiritual journey from atheism to Christianity by using his experience as a reporter to interview experts about the evidence for Christ from the fields of science, philosophy, and history. The three main sections are “Examining the Record,” which seeks to determine the reliability of the documents concerning the life of Christ; “Analyzing Jesus,” which looks at what the scientific, psychological, profile, and fingerprint evidence reveal about Jesus and His teaching; and “Researching the Resurrection.”

In The Case for Faith, Strobel begins by interviewing Charles Templeton, who trained along with Billy Graham for the ministry but became a famous skeptic, and then examines the eight “heart barriers” to faith. These eight powerful objections to believing in the Bible include the existence of evil and suffering in the world, the unbelievability of miracles, evolution as an answer to the question of origins, why God commanded the killing of innocent children, Jesus’s claim to be the only way, the idea of people being tortured in hell, a church history littered with oppression and violence (i. e, the Crusades, Inquisition, Salem Witch Hunt, slavery, anti-Semitism, etc.), and the problem of doubt. Interestingly enough, the weakest chapter in the whole book for me was the interview with Lynn Anderson, a graduate from the Harding School of Religion and professor at Abilene Christian University, on “I Still Have Doubts, So I Can’t Be a Christian.”

One may not necessarily agree with every statement, every observation, or every argument made by the people whom Strobel interviews. However, in general, a great deal of evidence—fact—is presented, both positively in giving good reasons why faith in Christ is quite reasonable, and negatively in answering arguments against it. Of course, those who wish to persist in unbelief probably won’t accept it regardless. One person said, “There really isn’t any supporting evidence to go along with the claims.” That is simply NOT true. Another wrote that it “assumes the historical correctness of the gospels most of the way through.” No, it provides all kinds of supporting reasons to consider the gospels as credible. The problem is that some people would be satisfied with nothing less that God Himself appearing out of heaven. Oh, but wait—He already did that, in the person of Jesus Christ. And the fact is that even many who saw the miracles of Jesus with their own eyes still refused to accept the evidence and did not believe on Him. I found the book an overall faith-builder.

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