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A good start to answering difficult questions,
This review is from: The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity (Paperback)
Lee Strobel has written several good books that could be especially valuable to someone new in the Christian faith. In fact, even older Christians will appreciate the information offered in The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith, both of which nicely complement each other in their easy-to-read style. In The Case for Faith, Strobel--who is a former skeptic--continues where he left off with The Case for Christ. He interviews scholars all over the country, picking their brains for answers to some of the toughest questions out there, including evil, miracles, and "oppressive" church history. Read sort of like a novel, Strobel introduces each chapter by mixing in interesting crime/court stories he gathered during his investigative reporter days for a Chicago newspaper. Sometimes, though, his writing is a little melodramatic, as there were several times I became annoyed with his overuse of neon yellow adjectives. Otherwise, I thought the novelistic style helped make the book a quick read. While the average reader should not need more than 6-8 hours with this book, if he/she reads carefully, much can be learned about answers to some pretty difficult questions. Overall I recommend The Case for Faith for its apologetic value. Deeper material can certainly be gathered in other places, including the little more detailed "When Skeptics Ask" (Geisler) and the much more detailed "Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics" (Geisler). As a beginning book, though, The Case for Faith works well.
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2012 10:14:36 PM PDT
He only interviews "scholars" who agree with his viewpoint. There are millions who disagree but he will not interview those people.
Posted on Apr 27, 2014 9:14:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2015 4:10:44 PM PDT
"answers to some of the toughest questions out there, including evil, miracles, and "oppressive" church history."
And, of course, their "answers" agree that Christianity is true! What a surprise!
Apparently he has ignored the "case" against any "gods".
"much can be learned about answers to some pretty difficult questions"
I note that you failed to be specific about any "answers".
From a one star review:
"the reasoning is entirely circular"
"He simply states over and over again the Christian dogmas and more or less says "obviously this is true". The most vapid argument of all is he upholds christianity over other religions because Jesus claims to be himself divine, while other religious leaders, such as Mohammed, or Buddha, do not claim this. He seems to think that grand claims require no evidence; there is nothing to learn here."
"I must confess that I stopped reading halfway through the first argument, which discusses how a just and loving God could allow suffering. The answer is basically "don't question God; trust that God knows what is best for you even if it doesn't always feel like it.""
That's not an argument - that is an evasion.
"The explanation is unsatisfying or even ridiculous to anyone who doesn't share those premises."
A book to reinforce your religion, not challenge it.
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