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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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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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I don't see a reason fot anyone hating this book other than they're biblical literalists.
I remember 'The Case For Christ' as a christian and thought it to be extremely clever.
Of course, at the time (and for years later) I studiously avoided anything that would 'draw' me away from the faith.
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.
I grew up in an evangelical church and household. I often had trouble with my "faith" and struggled to "really believe", which brought me to read many apologetics books, including Lee Strobel's works. While I am sure he is probably a nice guy and whatnot, Robert M. Price delivers a thorough trashing to the flawed argumentation and overly biased perspective of Mr. Strobel's "honest search for faith" recounted in his book.
Though I am writing this review over a year after having read the book, one of the longest lasting points that Price made in this book for me is how Mr. Strobel's interviewees often answer his "though" questions on verses in the bible by stating, "Oh, well what was really trying to be said there was..." But if what was trying to be said needs to be reworded by these apologists, then why weren't the authors of these works divinely inspired to be more clear about their points? The trouble is that Christianity needs apologists because one cannot arrive at a singular story-line from the Old Testament, New Testament, and especially not from the combination of the two, without first internalizing a storyline and then proof-texting the bible into submission of this preconceived view.
If you have ever read Lee Strobel's work and found it lacking, I recommend this book as it will be an enjoyable tearing down of his failed premises. If you have read Lee Strobel's work and found it convincing, I also recommend this book to shine the actual light of truth on the twists and turns that Strobel has lead you on to arrive at the not-so-straightforward faith of Christianity.
There were, however, a few places where I disagree with Price. For example: Price thinks that 1 Corinthians 15:3-11 is an interpolation. I have suspicions about this passage too: why are 'apostles' and the '12' listed as separate groups? Didn't the twelve become that group known as the apostles? Why does no other early Christian literature mention the appearance to the 500? Very strange. However, I think the best argumentative strategy (when you're talking to a defender of the faith) is probably to assume that this passage is authentic and work from there. Because even granting the reality of these passages doesn't secure the apologetic for the resurrection. I talk about why in my book "Extraordinary Claims, Extraordinary Evidence and the Resurrection of Jesus."