The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ

A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

Book - 1998
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The book consists primarily of interviews between Strobel (a former legal editor at the Chicago Tribune) and biblical scholars such as Bruce Metzger. Each interview is based on a simple question, concerning historical evidence (for example, "Can the Biographies of Jesus Be Trusted?"), scientific evidence, ("Does Archaeology Confirm or Contradict Jesus' Biographies?"), and "psychiatric evidence" ("Was Jesus Crazy When He Claimed to Be the Son of God?"). Together, these interviews compose a case brief defending Jesus' divinity, and urging readers to reach a verdict of their own.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, c1998
ISBN: 9780310339304
Characteristics: 303 p. ; 23 cm
Call Number: 232.908 STR


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Oct 25, 2020

A comprehensive introduction to many of the key questions that people ask about Jesus and Christianity. Strobel puts his queries and interview responses from scholars and academics into a narrative format, which some may not enjoy, but he likely reaches a larger audience with this approach than a pure scholarly article. If you're interested in a Christian perspective on many of these tough questions, check this book out, and delve deeper into the suggested readings given at the end of each chapter. You can also pursure a more academic approach by following up with the scholars' academic publications if you prefer.

To clear up some misconceptions below, some people say that Bart Ehrman is better to read because he's a better expert in the field. I disagree. Ehrman is an effective communicator, but he is not a historian, or classicist. He's actually a textual critic, who's publicly acknowledged that the textual errors do not affect any major Christian doctrine. Secondly, if you're a fan of Ehrman, then know that he's also publicly chastised Robert M. Price, who is not affiliated with any major teaching/research university/college. Why? Because his ideas are so on the fringe that he is not accepted by the majority of biblical scholars, including other non-Christian ones. Price is knowledgeable but has even acknowledged how much he respects some of the people in the "Case for . . . " series by Lee Strobel, especially Edwin Yaumauchi, Miami University. Price is NOT a "renowned scholar." That doesn't mean he doesn't make some good points, but let's be accurate with our praise and criticism.

If you're really looking for an introduction into these questions and topics, The Case for Christ is a great place to start. Again, I'd recommend going deeper by looking into the suggested books at the end of each chapter and their bibliographies. These are well-respected, well-published academics and scholars. Look at all the arguments, including those given by non-Christians, but I'd encourage you to give these scholars a chance. Remember that due to the format of the book - it being a narrative, popular/non-academic approach - Strobel can't go deep into these topics here, so it's up to you to follow up if interested. Strobel's book, though, is a great place to start.

๐ŸŽš If you really want to find out about this subject, you'd be better off reading "How Jesus Became God," by Bart Ehrman, who is not a reporter, nor even a lawyer, but a genuine scholar of religion, a professor of New Testament at Chapel Hill. I take it everyone knows what that is, right?

Sep 30, 2020

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Jul 25, 2020

Great defense of the faith. *2020*

Mar 13, 2020

With its Interrogative, pragmatic reporter style, this book seems like genuine and does not have any hidden political agenda. This is like Q & A and the writer just put it the way it is. Although itโ€™s in Q & A style, the content is deep. The sources of the information seem like solid each with their own expertise. The writer himself only posed some good, critical questions demanding facts and common sense then he challenged peoples who are the experts and working as researcher all their lifetime in the respective field.

Dec 21, 2019

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 lenz 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 lenz.
-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.

Oct 17, 2019


Jun 29, 2019

In over 2000 years there has been absolutely NO evidence that a flying sky fairy is watching your every move and answers your prayers. Grow up and educate yourself people. Science is real whether you believe it or not.

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.

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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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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