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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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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: American Atheist Press (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578840058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578840052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert M. Price was reared a fundamentalist and became president of a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and for a time was an apologist of the sort he refuted in Beyond born Again, Deconstructing Jesus, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, and Jesus Is Dead. He holds a PhD in Systematic Theology and a second PhD in New Testament from Drew University. He has served as Professor of Religion at Mount Olive College in North Carolina and is a member of The Jesus Seminar and The Jesus Project.

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Robert M. Price (Selma, NC), professor of scriptural studies at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is the editor (with Jeffery Jay Lowder) of The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave and the Journal of Higher Criticism. He is also the author of Top Secret: The Truth Behind Today's Pop Mysticisms; The Paperback Apocalypse: How the Christian Church Was Left Behind; The Reason-Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For? and many other works.

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72 of 92 people found the following review helpful By The Librarian on September 18, 2011
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I feel a bit odd writing a review of Robert Price's book. After all Robert Price's book is basically a review of Lee Strobel's book, so what I'm writing here is essentially a book review of a book review.

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?
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173 of 225 people found the following review helpful By John W. Loftus VINE VOICE on May 18, 2010
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This book incinerates Lee Strobel's book along with the evangelical apologists he interviews, including Craig L. Blomberg, Gregory Boyd, Ben Witherington III, D.A. Carson, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, J.P. Moreland, and others. However, I doubt many of the people who read Strobel's book will read Price's book, not the least of which because understanding Price might demand a better understanding of the issues than the cream puff book Strobel wrote for the average person in the pew, but also because Price seems so disgusted with evangelical apologists at this point in his career he can't hide it.

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.
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58 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on June 25, 2010
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"Case Against" is at its best when critiquing the "case for Christ" put forward by various apologists, theologians, and faux historians, and demonstrating the many weaknesses and contradictions in their arguments. When trying to advance a hypothesis of his own, I don't find his arguments especially convincing (I'm thinking here of the frequent assertions that this or that element is a reworking of some element from prior mythology, for example). It's not that I find the hypothesis implausible, particularly, and even the most wild-eyed and fringe-riding statements Price makes are infinitely easier to accept than any "miracle" can be (that's not an insult...a miracle by definition should be the least likely thing to happen, or it doesn't qualify). It's just that--we can never know. Clearly something remarkable happened between roughly 4 BCE and 200 CE, in terms of personalities, religious development, literary achievement, philosophy, social movements, and the like. For all we can know, miracles and possessions and resurrections and angelic visitations were commonplace. For all we know, John the Baptist and Salome had a baby together. That's the thing. There is simply not very much that can be known from this period, whether of miracles or of straight-up biography, and while some inferences are more logical than others, we are left with enigmas and puzzles. Pretty much full stop.

Therein likes "Against's" keenest value. Because even if some of Price's ideas might make your eyes roll a little, the very fact that this discussion is possible, and the very fact that when all is said and done, it is Price's ideas that seem the more plausible, demonstrates unequivocally that if a god really wanted to communicated with humanity, the book that so many receive as holy was an exceptionally poor way of doing so.
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