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The Case Against The Case For Christ: A New Testament Scholar Refutes the Reverend Lee Strobel Paperback – February 15, 2010
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At any rate, here it goes:
It's actually quite a good and well researched book; however it takes longer to read through it than the average 258 page book because of Price's writing style. You see when Lee Strobel wrote his book, "The Case for Christ" it was a feel good book that was short on facts and long on fluff. It was easy to digest because there wasn't much there for your brain to do. It was rather a lot like watching a Saturday morning cartoon.
Reading Robert Price's book is a lot more like sitting in a university classroom and listening to a lecture by a highly respected university professor. Every page is filled with well researched facts and scholarly detail. Robert Price quite obviously put A LOT of work into writing this book. He takes every feel-good talking point that Strobel's Christian apologists used in "The Case for Christ" and he uses careful research, analysis and cold hard facts to tear the Christian talking points to shreds.
An excellent example of this is on pages 127-128:
"McRay is like the Hebrews enslaved by Pharaoh, only he is enslaved to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. If the Hebrews had to make bricks without straw, McRay is grasping at straws without straw. This ancient decree is much too weak a reed to pull him out of the quicksand. Can he really not see the difference between what Gaius Vibius Maximus commands and what Luke describes?Read more ›
But that doesn't bother Bob, since by now he knows they aren't listening anyway, like the proverbial Three Wise Monkeys, except that only the middle monkey is left who "hears no evil," which is the so-called "evil" coming from skeptics like him. It seems to me he's given up trying to reach across the divide, at least in this book anyway. He's made all of these arguments before ad nauseam and yet these apologists keep on down the road just like the Emperor who had no clothes on, willingly ignorant that they are naked. So why bother trying again? They haven't listened, really listened, to what he's repeatedly said before anyway.
Bob is preaching to the choir for the most part, or at least people willing to learn. But what a wonderful sermon it is! It'll make you laugh as well as think, which is what a good sermon ought to do. Too bad these apologists can only make us laugh--at themselves. Price makes the case against Strobel's case in such a convincing manner that these apologists must be willfully ignorant. Bob repeatedly makes the distinction between historians and apologists. A historian wants to know what happened. The apologist doesn't care what happened.Read more ›
So many Christian apologists have evolved shifty, oily, even furtive defenses for the historical origins of Christianity, origins which most Bible scholars have long recognised as highly questionable. And to avoid offending the "tender consciences" of the faithful, too many Bible scholars have ignored or even suppressed this inconvenient knowledge.
Not so, Robert M Price! He tells it like it is, and Christians will have to take it.
One small criticism. The author and I do not share political views. I have no problem reading views which differ from mine. Here however, they seem to be offered gratuitously and seemingly as a shared joke. "Grumpy" liberals? Benghazi (sp.)? Holder? These references are distractions. They do not belong in a work this good.
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good for scientist but hard to understand for good ole boysPublished 2 months ago by Robin Lynn Gearhart
What is interesting here is not that the book is astonishingly bad, which is not uncommon after all, but that it is defended with such zealous vigor by so many reviewers all the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by bg
I wholeheartedly agree with a previous reviewer that reading Robert Price's work is like sitting in a university classroom and getting a SERIOUS eduction on Biblical scholarship... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Laura Knight-Jadczyk
Price swiftly and with ease demolishes a number of Strobel's arguments, and in ways that are often surprisingly novel. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nicholas Ryan Covington
I have to laugh at the notion that Robert M. Price is a leading New Testament scholar. I read a significant amount of theological texts and am familiar with the leading biblical... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Dataman
Christianity is based on faith, not scientific research. If Christian beliefs were scientifically verifiable there would be no need for faith.Price apparently has none. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jackson W.
See the article subtitled "The Case Against the Case Against the Case for Christ" - "The Price of Playing with a Bulldog" at... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sagacious
Found this book takes a lot of focus and can be difficult to read. The author does seen to be thorough but the casual reader will get lost fairly easily. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rus
I purchased this book to give a fair chance to another opinion . Right away he starts in with sarcasm by referring to Stobel as "reverend" . Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jairo