The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ

A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

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Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis who are recognized authorities in their own fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like, How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and twice nominated for the Christian Book of the Year Award, Strobel's tough, point-blank questions read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. The new edition includes scores of revisions and additions, including updated material on archaeological and manuscript discoveries, fresh recommendations for further study, and an interview with the author that tells dramatic stories about the book's impact, provides behind-the-scenes information, and responds to critiques of the book by skeptics. As The Case for Christ and its ancillary resources approach 10 million copies in print, this updated edition will prove even more valuable to contemporary readers.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2016]
Edition: Revised & updated.
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9780310346166
0310346169
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Wattage
Mar 27, 2018

As someone who is agnostic I was curious to see how this would pan out. From the research in this book as well as others I've read, there is solid evidence that Jesus was a real historical figure, but whether that figure was the Messiah is still open to interpretation.
This books reads as more of a spiritual journey for the author and the relationship he's seeking to build with a particular deity rather than a thoroughly examined research piece. Too subjective to be journalism, but still a good read.

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shan59
Mar 26, 2018

After watching the movie, I got the book that it was based upon and it is really good, especially knowing that Lee was a atheist wanted to disprove the bible to save his marriage. He uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune and his Yale Lawyer degree to interview experts about the evidence for Christ from the fields of science, philosophy, and history.

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tsofan
Mar 16, 2018

Terrible book. It was so riddled with logical fallacies and extremely poor scholarship that I couldn't even finish it. A much better read is _The Case Against the "Case for Christ"_ by renowned scholar Robert M. Price. Here, Price meticulously tears apart piece by piece all of the rubbish that Strobel's experts espouse by pointing out where and how they are wrong. The bonus is that Price is very entertaining and witty in his criticisms; meanwhile, Strobel, for all of his supposed journalist credibility, merely falls flat at every fallacious turn. Trust me, this book is not worth your time.

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Highdald
Mar 15, 2018

Note to reviewer- My comment was submitted weeks ago and disappeared. Have I angered a Christian?

Strobel repeatedly advertises himself as a seasoned investigative reporter who knows how to go about finding the truth. However, he interviewed only Christian biblical researchers who were obviously looking at the "evidence" through a narrow prism. He only provided small quotes from atheist researchers for the "experts" to nullify; without those experts having to address a rebuttal. Some of the most outrageous claims made by Strobel:
-People living at the time of Jesus, though only 10% literate at best, were diligent about exact memorization of stories told them; even correcting one another.
-The earliest canonical gospel, Mark, though written at least 25 yrs after the events, can be counted on as accurate because many other ancient biographies were written much later after events.
-Significant discrepancies with various ancient copies of the same book, or between books, can easily be dismissed by viewing through the aforementioned prism.
-Most Biblical researchers have their faith strengthened through their work. I understood the opposite to be true.
If you want a balanced view of this subject, you'll need to read some books by non-Christian researchers; many who started off as strong believers.

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Gwen904
Feb 10, 2018

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

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naturalist
Oct 22, 2014

Review: . . . http://infidels.org/library/modern/jeff_lowder/strobel.html

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naturalist
May 26, 2014

reference: .... http://evaluatingchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/the-case-against-lee-strobel/

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DDTan
Dec 27, 2013

Very pragmatic approach to giving a strong defense for justification of the Believer. The book is written by a former Atheist, which also happens to be an investigative journalism. His whole book is very well written and is a thorough and very detailed in is case for Christ. By the end of this book, if you are a Believer, it will strengthen your Faith, and maybe even swing the skeptic to the side of the Believers.

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amkb
Mar 08, 2013

I have only one complaint about this book. The narrative style. I just don't like it, and it tends to rub me the wrong way. That's the only reason I can't give this a 5 star rating. This book covers just about every atheist/anti-theist argument I've encountered (and no wonder, since it traced the author's journey out of atheism) with hard facts, research, evidence, logic and reason. Well worth the read.

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ChrissyND
Jun 17, 2016

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic...or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." C. S. Lewis

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