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The Case for Christ [PDF / Epub] ★ The Case for Christ By Lee Strobel – Thomashillier.co.uk Using the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads, Lee Strobel uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to interview experts about the evidence f Using the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads, Lee Strobel uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to interview experts about the evidence for Christ from the fields of science, philosophy, and history.


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  1. Ancient Weaver Ancient Weaver says:

    Rated 1 star for false advertising, poor journalism, poor investigation, poor argumentation, and poor scholarship There s not enough room here to critique all the specifics of this book, so I ll get right to the heart of things if you re interested in adetailed critique, check out Robert M Price s excellent The Case Against the Case for Christ Or, check out the review at infidels.org Update 02 20 Or, check out this very thorough, in depth review rebuttal from godlesshaven.com T Rated 1 star for false advertising, poor journalism, poor investigation, poor argumentation, and poor scholarship There s not enough room here to critique all the specifics of this book, so I ll get right to the heart of things if you re interested in adetailed critique, check out Robert M Price s excellent The Case Against the Case for Christ Or, check out the review at infidels.org Update 02 20 Or, check out this very thorough, in depth review rebuttal from godlesshaven.com Thanks to Natalie s review that alerted me to this fantastic resource At the beginning of The Case for Christ Strobel presents himself as a journalist and a former atheist skeptic who is about to conduct a serious investigative search into whether or not Jesus is exactly what orthodox fundamentalist Christian churches teach him to be the God Man with miraculous powers born of a virgin to die for the sins of the world, etc., etc But here s the problem the contents of this book are nothing resembling serious investigative journalism They are a collection of arguments, quotes, and information almost 100% of which are supplied by a small group of like minded, Evangelical Christian apologists Strobel never interviews any of the many, many other scholars with views that differ from that of this small, very conservative Evangelical group And there are plenty of scholars just as, if not , qualified and respected who would disagree with what the members of Stobel s clique have to say I rate TCFC at 1 star not because I disagree with the arguments presented in it which I do , but because it s so dishonest It claims to be investigative reporting when it presents only a mass of one sided, biased apologetical material After having spent years as an investigate journalist, Strobel is either clueless as to what constitutes investigative journalism possible, but unlikely , or he began this project already possessing a set of strong religious convictions, proceeded to gather only those arguments, interviews, and info which support these particular convictions, and then combined that material into a book dishonestly marketed as investigative journalism thelikely case Strobel is free to write whatever kind of books he wants, but he isn t free to make false claims without expecting to be called out on them The true intended audience for TCFC are Christians who are looking for somebody to tell them exactly what they want to hear, that all the traditional and overly simplistic beliefs they were taught about Jesus in Sunday School are true and proven TCFC is not a book written for critical thinkers looking for an honest exploration of well researched and well supported scholarship and arguments concerning who Jesus was Updated 7 19 I used to recommend Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Upedited by Paul Copan as ahonest discussion of opposing viewpoints about Jesus written for the average reader where different sides get to present their own views in their own words although one that is still quite slanted in it s presentation I d also like to add The Historical Jesus Five Views edited by James K Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy to the list of recommendations as a book that offers a greater variety of opinions with less of a slanted presentation In addition, here is a link to the The Early Christian Writings Historical Jesus webpage that offers an even wider range of theories and scholarship about the historical Jesus


  2. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    As with any religious book, objectivity is impossible since religion, by loose definition, is subjective experience of that which is unproven so here s my subjective opinion as a Christian.Non believers If you are a non believer, you re going to fall into one of three general groups atheists, agnostics, and seekers and that fourth most special group made up of all the people who just refuse to be grouped by a small minded Christian, dammitIf you are actually a member of that fourth g As with any religious book, objectivity is impossible since religion, by loose definition, is subjective experience of that which is unproven so here s my subjective opinion as a Christian.Non believers If you are a non believer, you re going to fall into one of three general groups atheists, agnostics, and seekers and that fourth most special group made up of all the people who just refuse to be grouped by a small minded Christian, dammitIf you are actually a member of that fourth group, I m gonna call you an anti theist basically, someone who does care and wants it all snuffed out If you are a member of this group, please don t read this book or the rest of this review The book will just make you angry because it s completely biased against everything that makes sense in the world If you read it, or my review, you ll just be confirmed in your anger, which serves no purpose So go home, you re right, it s a book written by a man who used to hate Jesus before we tricked him into believing, and this review is by another blank eyed drone as well.If you are an atheist, then this is not a book that will entertain you, because it is biased FOR Christ I have one ONE friend who is an ACTUAL atheist a person who has no relationship with the question of God a theist as opposed to anti theist she just doesn t care and she wouldn t be bothered to read this book anythan I would be bothered to read a treatise on corduroy pants I m an a corduroyist, I just don t care Go read the phone book or something, it will interest you just as much If you re an agnostic, this book could actually interest you It is written by a relatively well educated Yale, I believe and erudite Legal Editor of the Chicago Tribune man who was investigating his relationship with God and used the tools and training of legal forensics to challenge the authenticity of Christ As you can guess from the title, you know how that investigation turned out but the journey is enlightening in regards to many of the fallacious suppositions presented by disbelievers and I promise you that this book won t strike you Christian if you read it I d suggest reviewing the chapter headings and see if that whets your appetite If so, enjoy it, it s short and interesting If not, God be with you, thanks for reading my review.If you are a seeker, by which I mean someone who is beginning to realize that, whoa, this Jesus topic has legs of its own and I m not sure what s happening in my life but it might be cool is He like really real I d suggest that you read this book with a Christian friend, perhaps even a Pastor or Youth Pastor It s got a lot of great conversation starters, and it doesn t propose any ideas that are dramatically challenging if reviewed with an open and willing heart If you can t find anyone else, then maybe you re reading this review for a reason ping me and maybe we ll read it together.ChristiansIf you are a Christian, TCFC is a good book to offer a concise list of rebuttals for common arguments against Christ s authenticity it s the case FOR Christ, as in the legal DEFENSE It can be used as a conversation facilitator with folks who are seeking something Spiritual, and often as a decent structural underpinning for the initial process of coming to the Lord Most Christians who love this book tend to love it because it represents a good set of responses to some of the tougher questions raised by arguers It helps avoid personal conflict and gives a Christian the opportunity to say here, read this book , thus taking the heat off of the way you dress, or how you voted in last year s election It allows Christians to show some desire to share the Spiritual Love of God that we all enjoy without having to debate and argue directly with the very person with whom we were originally trying to share our Joy presumably a friend.That s its purpose It is not a goad to trick smart people into believing mythology, or an attack on the left from a sneaky author it s overtly titled the case FOR Christ, and it s that one side of a limited debate based upon a FEW questions that often confound Christians and Spiritual seekers about Christ.Everything else is noise This is a book that, like religion, involves personal opinion and just as no amount of yelling or screaming is going to change whether you do or don t like chocolate ice cream, no amount of screaming or yelling is going to make people change their feelings about this book or its Topic Changing subjective opinions can only be a shared process of Love based on trust, and website reviews are a stark medium for sharing words of Love on any subject, wouldn t you say


  3. Brooke Brooke says:

    My review for this book and The Case For Faith are the same, since I read them at the same time five years ago and can t remember which topics were in which books I managed to forget I ever read them, and only when I saw them on this site did remember These books were given to me by a guy I was dating at the time who decided I d only be an acceptable wife if I converted to Christianity I m currently single, if you re wondering how well that went over It s a shame he chose these books as hi My review for this book and The Case For Faith are the same, since I read them at the same time five years ago and can t remember which topics were in which books I managed to forget I ever read them, and only when I saw them on this site did remember These books were given to me by a guy I was dating at the time who decided I d only be an acceptable wife if I converted to Christianity I m currently single, if you re wondering how well that went over It s a shame he chose these books as his main plan of attack, because they re terrible.Lee Strobel s first mistake is that he tries to answer everything with a pat, definitive response The tone he uses is one that says, AH This is so simple, now that you ve explained it How does anyone not understand As most people realize, religion is complicated and often requires you to just believe in things that you take on faith, rather than because it s been proven by evidence Trying to argue for faith makes faith a moot point When answering the question, If there s a God, why does he allow such suffering in this world Strobel trots out the tired response, Because God gave us free will For a book that s supposed to help convert people, that answer isn t going to reassure someone who had strong objections in the first place It also fails to acknowledge that we really just don t know, and that we tell ourselves this to try to make sense of things, not because we know for sure.Strobel also tried to address deep questions with anecdotes one that sticks out in my mind to this day was a response to a question about how people who never heard of Jesus could be saved, and isn t it a flaw of the religion if it only applied to people who happened to live in a place where Jesus was brought to their attention Strobel somehow thought that a story about a Muslim girl in a Muslim country who one day randomly thought I need Jesus s help and secretly became Christian answered it sufficiently and proved that we will just know Jesus in our hearts Other answers required a preexisting belief in order to make sense They reminded me of the circular argument the aforementioned ex boyfriend would give for Jesus s divinity Jesus is God, so since he says he s God, if I don t believe he s God, I m calling God a liar The kicker for me was a chapter about the prediction of the Messiah in the Jewish bible Strobel managed to find an ignorant Jew who must have never done even the minimal Torah study With his help, Strobel spins a conspiracy where Rabbis hide the fact that the Jewish bible prophesied the arrival of the Messiah The ignorant Jew tells Strobel all about how he didn t know such a thing was foretold, and it was such a revelation to him that he converted to Christianity I want to find this guy and smack him up the side of the head with my Tanakh and suggest he look up that little thing about the descendant of King David Strobel would have done far better to admit that these are complicated questions for which we don t have all the answers, if we have any at all The fact that he has an answer for everything just makes him look silly and arrogant If religion were this easy, we wouldn t have the Talmud and Midrash


  4. Michael Michael says:

    This book will not persuade anyone who doesn t believe in his heart already Strobel claims to have been a serious skeptic about Jesus and to have done these interviews in the style of a serious journalist in order to decide for himself whether Christians are right.I don t believe him As an actual skeptic who is very familiar with the Bible, I find that Strobel consistently avoids the obvious problems with the arguments put forward He interviews only Christians and blindly accepts everything t This book will not persuade anyone who doesn t believe in his heart already Strobel claims to have been a serious skeptic about Jesus and to have done these interviews in the style of a serious journalist in order to decide for himself whether Christians are right.I don t believe him As an actual skeptic who is very familiar with the Bible, I find that Strobel consistently avoids the obvious problems with the arguments put forward He interviews only Christians and blindly accepts everything they say These are not the actions of a skeptic The fallacious logic at work here is shocking At one point the reasoning goes exactly like this We know the New Testament is true because the early Christians who produced it were good people and so wouldn t have lied We know the early Christians were good people because the New Testament says so I wish I were joking.Christians I am in some ways sympathetic to your cause, but you must understand that using the kind of reasoning that goes into this book or into the Intelligent Design nonsense only makes you look dumb to anyone who knows what he s talking about Find a different angle Alternatively, maybe you should think long and hard about the fact that people practicing apologetics for your faith consistently make errors in logic that an 8 year old could spot Why exactly would that be Now that I think about it, maybe this stuff isn t really meant to convert people, but only to prevent apostasy It won t persuade anyone, but maybe it will reassure someone who isn t really questioning very hard but wants to make sure there s some reasoning behind his religion


  5. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    This review is probably not as well crafted as I would have hoped, since I am very swamped right now, and unable to do better However, I wanted to write my thoughts on the book to the best of my ability as soon after I finished the audio version as possible so I wouldn t forget too much I hope to reread it and analyze itat a later date When I finished this book, I felt that Mr Strobel tackled the tough questions about Christ that one might ask if they were skeptical about the faith and This review is probably not as well crafted as I would have hoped, since I am very swamped right now, and unable to do better However, I wanted to write my thoughts on the book to the best of my ability as soon after I finished the audio version as possible so I wouldn t forget too much I hope to reread it and analyze itat a later date When I finished this book, I felt that Mr Strobel tackled the tough questions about Christ that one might ask if they were skeptical about the faith and the person of Jesus Christ I grew up in a Christian home and I have been a personal confessor of faith in Jesus for well over twenty years However, it was good to take a hard look at the questions I didn t have the answers for from a scholarly standpoint And I believe that Jesus wants anyone who chooses to follow him to count the cost and look hard at who he is He is honest and righteous and doesn t want anyone to be misled about who he is So I would say that anyone of my bent is encouraged to do the same.I felt that Mr Strobel showed his investigative journalism chops in addressing those important aspects of Christ s identity and the reliability of the evidence of his claim as the Son of God who died for the sins of every person who ever lived, and rose again from the grave, and the areas that one might use to discount his message and the affirming power of faith in Jesus Christ as the Messiah Ultimately, those who choose not to believe will probably continue to not believe and they have that choice , but those who want to take that step to believe in him and have some factual proof about him and what faith in him offers, they will find enough here to further confirm that faith in Jesus is not blind faith, but a reasonable, eyes open step of faith What I do not propose here is that this book takes the place of the Holy Bible, but instead, Strobel s investigation shows that the Bible is a reputable historical document and what it says about God and Jesus Christ is historically accurate And for those who seek further inquiry, one will find a very good bibliographical source of reputable scholars who can offer evensound information about Jesus Christ, the historicity of his persona, and the proven historical accuracy of the New Testament Gospels and how they relate to the Old Testament In fact, this was one of strongest elements of the book for me, since it gave me evenbooks to read as I get the opportunity.While I have seen plenty of 1 star reviews for this book, I personally feel justified in giving it 5 stars One might argue that I like it because it justifies what I believe That s not completely untrue It does justify what I believe I m glad that I walked into this book with my brain prepared to take a hard look at the evidence and that scholarship was rewarded in Strobel s methodical and thorough investigative process Let me add that I would have believed what I did anyway based on the process of my individual faith walk Instead, this book just providessolid evidence to underpin what I already believe I am a rational person Very analytical, and I have never felt that having faith in God requires throwing out the thought processes and rational inquiry After all, God gave us brains and he expects us to use them So for me, this book takes a thinking person who values factual evidence and solid inquiry on a logical investigation into the identity of Jesus of Nazareth, who has proven he is the Son of God in so many ways that those who believe in him will not find themselves disappointed with that decision in the long run I would recommend this book


  6. Joanna Joanna says:

    The Case for Christ is a collection of interviews that retraces journalist Lee Strobel s journey from skepticism to faith Not content to merely take someone s word for it, Strobel used his journalism and law training to track down and agressively interview experts on Christ and the Christian faith Because Strobel is willing to ask taboo questions and attempts to poke irreparable holes in his own faith, the answers he finds from various professors and clergy are both compelling and intellectu The Case for Christ is a collection of interviews that retraces journalist Lee Strobel s journey from skepticism to faith Not content to merely take someone s word for it, Strobel used his journalism and law training to track down and agressively interview experts on Christ and the Christian faith Because Strobel is willing to ask taboo questions and attempts to poke irreparable holes in his own faith, the answers he finds from various professors and clergy are both compelling and intellectually sound This book is an excellent resource for apologetics looking for ammunition against attacks on the reliability of the Gospels, the nature and identity of Christ and the Ressurection For those who haven t yet made up their minds, this book could be the tipping point Strobel s case is both concise and compelling, but the personal testimony of some of the interviewees resonates at the personal level, giving a final human touch to a book that is engaging, challenging and moving all at the same time


  7. Jeremiah Jeremiah says:

    This book is quite possibly the most readable and engaging book to ever hit the field of apologetics I recommend it to every Christian The book chronicles Strobel s inquisitive journey as he questions some of the most astute thinkers alive today about some of the most pressing questions a Christian can ask Read it for no other reason than to ground yourselfdeeply in the True faith, to stand strong and to live a life of bold confidence.P.S Buy and watch the DVD by the same title that This book is quite possibly the most readable and engaging book to ever hit the field of apologetics I recommend it to every Christian The book chronicles Strobel s inquisitive journey as he questions some of the most astute thinkers alive today about some of the most pressing questions a Christian can ask Read it for no other reason than to ground yourselfdeeply in the True faith, to stand strong and to live a life of bold confidence.P.S Buy and watch the DVD by the same title that has recently come out based on this book It incorporatesof Strobel s wife s journey as Lee spent years searching out the answers to the questions he had, which ultimately led to his conversion It s intellectually engaging and emotionally dramatic


  8. Victoria Lynn Victoria Lynn says:

    picks jaw up off the floor This book is one of the best Christian Faith books I have ever read Seriously, I think every Christian should read this once in their life That verse about always being ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you, this book is a tool It gives you answers Gives you succinct, well organized and easily understood principles and answers to common questions and theory s about the Christian Faith I found that it strengthened mine and filled my tool box with picks jaw up off the floor This book is one of the best Christian Faith books I have ever read Seriously, I think every Christian should read this once in their life That verse about always being ready to give an answer for the hope that is in you, this book is a tool It gives you answers Gives you succinct, well organized and easily understood principles and answers to common questions and theory s about the Christian Faith I found that it strengthened mine and filled my tool box with essential facts and arguments that bolstered my faith, but also prepared me for those questions that are sure to come at some time or other He splits his book into four parts1 Examining the Record wherein he searches out the truth behind the scriptures and testimonies of Jesus, asking every question from the point of view of the skeptic Trying every theory, only to find that Jesus is the point where every fact, prophesy, and testimony are fulfilled.2 Analyzing Jesus is the section where he touches on the subject of whether Jesus fit the bill of the messiah the answer of course is yes but he walks us through 4 major points of interest as to how he fit that bill His own thoughts about himself, prophesies, and whether he fulfilled the attributes of God 3 Researching the Resurrection In this section, Lee, attempts to prove that perhaps the Resurrection did not happen at all, and comes to the complete opposite conclusion From medical analysis, to research of historical evidence, everything proves that Jesus of Nazareth did indeed rise from the dead 4 The Verdict of History In this much shorter and condensed chapter, he makes a quick overview of everything we have just read, proving each point with short and information packed sentences that pack one powerful punch after another This book was so phenomenal when it came to it s information I can t begin to say enough which is why this review is so short If I could literally force feed everyone I know with this book, I would Look out siblingsHundreds of years before Jesus was born, prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah, ot the Anointed One, who would redeem God s people In effect, dozens of these Old Testament prophecies created a fingerprint that only the true messiah could fit This gave Israel a way to rule out impostors and validate the credentials of the authentic Messiah Against astronomical odds one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion Jesus and only Jesus throughout history matched this prophetic fingerprint This confirms Jesus identity to an incredible degree of certainty I also love reading the personal conclusion Lee Strobel came to himselfSo on November 8, 1981, I talked with God in a heartfelt and unedited prayer, admitting and turning from my wrongdoing, and receiving the gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus I told him that with his help I wanted to follow him and his ways from here on out.There were no lightning bolts, no audible replies, no tingly sensations I know that some people feel a rush of emotion at such a moment as for me, however, there was something else that was equally exhilarating there was a rush of reason To reiterate PLEASE READ THIS BOOK


  9. Mark Conwell Mark Conwell says:

    This book thoroughly investigates Jesus claim of being the one and only son of God Lee Strobel took the time to seek out and question scholars who provide overwhelming evidence for Jesus as the Messiah I have seen several criticisms of this book that say Lee did not talk to scholars who refute Jesus life, death, and resurrection However, as a former atheist Lee gives due attention to the opposite side of the argument As a Christian, I would recommend this book to anyone and challenge people This book thoroughly investigates Jesus claim of being the one and only son of God Lee Strobel took the time to seek out and question scholars who provide overwhelming evidence for Jesus as the Messiah I have seen several criticisms of this book that say Lee did not talk to scholars who refute Jesus life, death, and resurrection However, as a former atheist Lee gives due attention to the opposite side of the argument As a Christian, I would recommend this book to anyone and challenge people to provide proof to the contrary of Lee Strobel s investigation A person could spend a lifetime reviewing and reading information from his list of sources After reading this book I have started looking at his source s and their life s work The amount of information is simply overwhelming


  10. Yvonne Yvonne says:

    Although this is not on the approved LDS missionary library, I read it anyway because of friend of mine asked me to It was very interesting to see the archeological and historical proof that Strobel had for the life of Jesus Christ It was also good to understand what kind of proof many Evangelicals want to see before they accept the Book of Mormon as true However, just because there is historical or archeological evidence supporting the existence of Jesus Christ doesn t prove that he is the Although this is not on the approved LDS missionary library, I read it anyway because of friend of mine asked me to It was very interesting to see the archeological and historical proof that Strobel had for the life of Jesus Christ It was also good to understand what kind of proof many Evangelicals want to see before they accept the Book of Mormon as true However, just because there is historical or archeological evidence supporting the existence of Jesus Christ doesn t prove that he is the Son of God and the Savior of the world In Matthew 16 13 17 KJV the Savior asks his apostles, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am and they tell him that people have said he is John the Baptist or Elias or Jeremiah or any of the other prophets Then Christ asks them, But whom say ye that I am and Peter answers, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God to which the Savior replies, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar jona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven Likewise it is with us, we might learn history that he did in deed live in Galilee, but until we have had it revealed to us by the power of the Holy Ghost that he is indeed the Son of God and our personal Savior, then knowing he lived 2000 years ago won t do anything to persuade us that he indeed gave up his life on the cross AND took it up again on the third day, thus making it possible for each of our spirits to be reunited with our bodies after death, living forever


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