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Book: The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
Author: Lee Strobel
Cover Illustrator: Curt Diepenhorst
Publisher: Zondervan, republished in 2004
ISBN-13: 978-0310254737 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0310254737 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0310254751 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0310254752 (Paperback)
Related websites: http://www.leestrobel.com (author), http://www.caseforeaster.com (book), http://www.zondervan.com (publisher)
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 Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection (published in 2003 by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, MI 49530). While non-denominational, New Testament Christians find no Biblical authority to observe Easter as a religious holiday, we do firmly believe in what it is intended to represent—the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Of course, the real question is, did Jesus of Nazareth actually rise from the dead? The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity. Christianity is the only “world religion” which claims that its founder returned from the grave—and then offers any genuine evidence that such an event occurred! But, how credible is the evidence for–and against–the resurrection? Author Lee Strobel, a graduate of Yale Law School, award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, and a spiritual skeptic until 1981, focuses his skills as a legal journalist on these most important questions.
Drawing on expert testimony first shared in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines The Medical Evidence–was Jesus’ death a sham and his resurrection a hoax? He looks at The Evidence of the Missing Body–was Jesus’ body really absent from his tomb? And he considers The Evidence of Appearances–was Jesus seen alive after his death on the cross? Maintaining the same style he used in The Case for the Creator and The Case for Faith, Strobel interviews several well-respected experts on the resurrection, including Alexander Metherell, M.D.; William Lane Craig, Ph. D.; and Gary Habermas, Ph. D., and challenges them with some of the most common and most difficult objections to the resurrection. Is the claim that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead a superstitious myth or a life-changing reality?
The book affirms that Christ really did die on the cross, and not just faint from exhaustion; that He experienced a bodily, and not just a spiritual, resurrection; and that He was seen alive after his death. The reader can hear the evidence and reach his own verdict. There are many interesting details. For example, the very first witnesses to the resurrection were women, yet the testimony of women was considered practically worthless in the first century, and women were not even allowed to testify in legal courts. Not only would the Bible writers have no incentive to put this detail in if the account were not true, they almost certainly would have left it out if it didn’t actually occur. Critics, especially unbelieving atheists, may complain, carp, and cavil about Strobel’s work, but that is about all they can do. They cannot truly answer it.