- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; Supersaver edition (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310234697
- ISBN-13: 978-0310234692
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The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity Paperback – September 26, 2000
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Award-winning reporter and author Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ) once again uses his investigative skills to address the primary objections to Christianity. As a former atheist, Strobel understands the rational resistance to faith. He even names the eight most convincing arguments against Christian faith:
1) If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering and evil?These are mighty tough questions, and Strobel fields them well. Rather than write a weighty dissertation about the merits of faith, he brings us along on his quest as we meet leaders in the Christian community, such as Peter Kreeft and William Lane Craig. We also encounter his everyday friends and acquaintances that serendipitously fill in the holes in each of the eight arguments against faith. The use of dialogue from personal interviews and a scene-by-scene active narrative makes this an easy and engaging read. However, easy does not mean breezy. This is a book of substance and merit, one that will help Christians defend their faith, especially during the hardest of times, when they have to defend their faith to themselves in moments of doubt. --Gail Hudson
2) If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they're true?
3) If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter of innocent children as the Old Testament says he did?
4) If God cares about the people he created, how could he consign so many of them to an eternity of torture in hell just because they didn't believe the right things about him?
5) If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the millions of people who have never heard of him?
6) If God really created the universe, why does the evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
7) If God is the ultimate overseer of the church, why has it been rife with hypocrisy and brutality throughout the ages?
8) If I'm still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
Ex-newspaperman Strobel's Christian apologetics read like feature interviews in the religion pages rather than a theological treatise. To knock down what he calls "the Big Eight" roadblocks to faith, he questions experts about them rather than logically bulldozing his way to solutions. He grills Catholic lay philosopher Peter Kreeft about the problem of evil, Indian-born evangelist Ravi Zacharias about Christian exclusivism, historian John Woodbridge about oppression in the name of Christ, and other authorities about the truth of miracles, God's callousness in the Hebrew Bible, the justice of Hell, the challenge of evolution, and the struggle with persistent doubt. Each conversation is pointed and engaging, so much so that Strobel's occasional melodramatic note (did he really speak "in a voice laden with sarcasm" to any of these, his fellow believers?) seems ridiculous. Kreeft and Woodbridge are Strobel's least doctrinaire interlocutors. The others, staunch evangelicals all, may interest fewer readers, though Zacharias on the exclusivisms of the other major religions touches on matters Americans too rarely hear discussed. Ray Olson
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I still struggle with the thought that their are billions of other people out there raised in other religions who supposedly are going to hell. I can almost guarantee if Mr Strobel or anyone was born and raised in a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist society that they would adopt the religion they were raised in. I didn't' think his book did a good job of answering this question nor have I ever heard anyone answer it with any intellectual honesty.
As a side note I wanted to loan this book from my Kindle to my wife's Kindle but was not given that option. Doesn't seem very Christian like I couldn't share his book but that didn't reflect my star rating.
I particularly enjoyed the section on doubt.
This would be a good book for believers who who want to expand their apologist arguments or for fence-sitters who want to believe, or even want to want to believe. :)
I recommend both "The Case for Faith," and The Case for Christ" as good reading material for Christians and non Christians alike who have doubts or a lack of faith in a Creator.