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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 ›
I would like to add a few things to other excellent review that occurred to me as I read this book. Obviously, Prof. Price does not suffer fools gladly; just as obviously, he wishes to make sure that innocent, gullible people are not taken advantage of by the snake-oil salesmen he exposes in his total body of work, including face-to-face debates. That being said, I think that some might be put off by this passion and the occasional over-the-top acidity that spills from Price's pen (or keyboard, as the case may be). Price is clearly passionate about Truth and, in this sense, he actually reminds me of the Apostle Paul in character. His emotional investment in the work he does is clear and you just have to love someone who cares that much.
I have to say I almost fell out of my chair at the end of Chapter Six, facetiously entitled: "A Butt Load of Evidence". Now there's a double (even triple) entendre if ever there was one! You have to read it to really appreciate it! The upshot of it all is (no double entendre or pun intended by me!) is Price's remarks about the very odd combination of homophobia and homoerotica prevalent among fundamentalist Christians.Read more ›
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Hard to read and follow because the condescending attitude and arrogance of the writer are a major distraction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JOHN
Excellent response to The Case for Christ. Robert Price writes like he talks, giving his extensive research and knowledge on the subject, breaks of humor. Read morePublished 5 months ago by larry ball
After plugging away at this book, and I mean plugging, I decided to "un"plug it for my own sanity. If this is what a "scholar" is, Houston we have a problem. Read morePublished 5 months ago by BradReis
good for scientist but hard to understand for good ole boysPublished 9 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 13 months ago by bg
Price swiftly and with ease demolishes a number of Strobel's arguments, and in ways that are often surprisingly novel. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Nicholas Ryan Covington
The book is brilliant. The author cares nothing about opinions without evidentiary support. He gets credibility by acknowledging his admiration for Mr. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bryan H. Levy, C
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 21 months ago by Dataman