The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ

A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

Book - 1998
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A former reporter for The Chicago Tribune and former atheist presents a tough-minded investigation of Christian beliefs, interviewing today's scientists, historians, and philosophers to gather compelling evidence for the truth about Jesus. Simultaneous.

Zondervan House
If you were a journalist, how would you handle a news story so big it would utterly eclipse all other world events? How thorough would your investigation be? How many hard-hitting questions would you ask? How carefully would you consult with top experts to get detailed, accurate answers? Lee Strobel knows firsthand. It was as an award-winning reporter for the Chicago Tribune and an avowed atheist that he first investigated the greatest news story of all -- the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, in The Case for Christ, he presents compelling evidence and expert testimony for the claims of Christianity. As a seasoned journalist with a Yale law background, Strobel systematically tracks down his leads and asks the blunt, tough questions you would want to ask -- questions that can make or break the Christian faith. He refuses contrived, simplistic answers. Instead, he pieces together hard facts through interviews with a dozen of the country's top scholars. Written in the style of a blockbuster investigative report, The Case for Christ is a provocative and spellbinding read, marshaling expert testimony and persuasive evidence. With unerring instincts, Strobel ferrets out: Historical evidence: Do we possess reliable documents concerning the life, teachings, and resurrection of Jesus? Scientific Evidence: Is there archaeological substantiation for the historical accounts about Jesus? Did Jesus perform miracles? Psychiatric Evidence: Did Jesus really claim to be God? What evidence is there that he fits God's profile? Fingerprint Evidence: What does prophecy have to say about Jesus? Other Evidence: Jesus' death, the missing body, eyewitness accounts, and claims of personal encounters. The Case for Christ reads like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But, it's not fiction. It's a riveting journey to the truth about the most remarkable event in history: the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And it's a revealing, personal testimony to his power to transform people yet today -- even the most case-hardened, cynical journalist.
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. Winner of the Gold Medallion Book Award and twice nominated for the Christian Book of the Year Award.

Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, c1998
ISBN: 9780310226468
0310226465
9780310209300
0310209307
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 23 cm

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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.
P.S. I noticed the several other obviously anti-Christian reviewers have added a bad rating for this book and complained about Strobel's supposedly "fallacious" arguments. How do you prove that they are fallacious? All of the claims made in this book are backed up with solid proof and credible sources. Why did you read this book if you just wanted to criticize it? One reviewer said that there is another book called the Case Against the Case for Christ, and they admired the author's supposed "wittiness". What does it matter whether someone is "witty" or not? There are many people in the world who are not witty or clever and still they are good people. What really matters is truth, understanding, belief, and faith.
Strobel is telling the truth. His evidence is so astounding that even I, a Christian, am shocked. Some of the negative reviewers out there are just so caught up in their anger that they just can't see the truth when it's sitting right in front of them.

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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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