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- Publisher: Zondervan; Supersaver edition (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
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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?
'Strobel's appraoch is hard-hitting, clear, and persuasive.' (Christian Research Journal)
'Despite the rather heavy matters discussed, this book is easy to read. The analogies and anecdotes are very helpful in explaining a deep subject on an understandable level.' (The Conservative Theological Journal)
'...the book incorporates Strobel's journalistic skills to tackle several of the most persistent objections to belief in Christ....'The Case for Faith' is for readers who may be attracted to Jesus, but still have formidable intellectual barriers with emotional undertow inhibiting them from fully committing their lives to Christ....As one who was a spiritual skeptic for many years, Strobel relates well to those who object to the faith on emotional and intellectual grounds....' (Christian Retailing)
'When Strobel interviews his subjects, he approaches the questions just as a non-believer would, and he's not afraid to press until he gets a satisfactory answer....'The Case for Faith' will provide the tools you need to remove...obstacles from a non-believers path to faith in Christ.' (Singing News)
'Lee Strobel takes a hard look at the toughest objections to Christianity....The result is an intellectual and captivating book that will change the way many think about God.' (Christian Herald)
'[This] is for anyone who is looking for satisfying and life-changing answers.' (Giftware News)
'It will help you understand how God can meet our needs even in the midst of great suffering.' (Home Times)
'Strobel...confronts in head-on fashion some of the thorniest issues that prove a hinderance to people coming to faith in this thought-provoking volume.' (Capital Journal)
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A lot of points made in this book appeal to logic. For a non-believer, it can help. Ultimately, faith is a choice. One can choose to accept the reasons to believe or accept the reasons not to believe. For someone struggling and trying to believe, reading this book is a step in the right direction. There will still be questions, but the deliberation questions at the end of each section will make the reader think about what objections he or she might still have and the reasons for having them. Many will find this self-reflection process useful. A list of additional reading materials is offered after each section for those wishing to investigate further. For the believer, this book is a reaffirmation of faith. Whether the reader is a believer or non-believer, this book is a good read and one that will make the reader think.
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.
Strobel is a master story-teller. Each of the eight "objections" to faith which Strobel investigates (in chapter format) is introduced by an engaging story and anchored with an interview with a person known for writing/lecturing on that topic. Through these devices, Strobel (mostly) holds the reader's attention. (Some topics are obviously going to interest the reader more than others.)
These are tough objections to Christianity: suffering, miracles, evolution, God killing innocent children, Jesus is the only way to God, God tortures people in hell, Christianity is filled with oppression and violence, doubt and Christianity. I think that investigative reporter Strobel finds satisfying answers to the objections.
This is a book written by an Evangelical interviewing many Evangelicals; thus, the approach is different in some places than it would be for a Catholic like me. But it was helpful to learn from other approaches. I didn't read the book because of my own faith-questions, but because I wanted to see how articulate people answer these difficult questions. I learned much and I think that the book helped me to understand some of these issues better, making me a better advocate of the Christian message, which I have come to embrace as life-giving Truth. I appreciate anything that can help me to share and reflect that Truth to others.
I agree with Strobel that in the end, you have to take what you have and move with it. You can try to get it clear in your head, which is helpful, but living it helps bring clarity and the knowledge that this is Truth. That certainly helps make life worth living and much easier to talk with people struggling with faith issues.
I highly recommend this book. My challenge now is that I have two more of Strobel's books to read!
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. :)