The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus: Student Edition
~Lee Strobel , James Vogel
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ISBN/ASIN : 0310234840
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Release data : 01 April, 2001
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I wish I could give it 0 stars
As a scientist I was always taught to examine the quality of my data. Lee Strobel fails at the first fence by never seriously questioning how the bible was written. The evidence of Josphus and Tacitus which he regards as so pivotal is widely discredited by many scolars - even Christian ones. The 12 interviewees are held up as impressive academics in an attempt at intimidating the mere mortal reader into accepting their opinion as unarguable. There are no investgations of the similarity of the Jesus story to much older cults such as Dionysis.
Christan readers will love it and think they have finally found a solid base for their faith. Anyone else will see that it is a well written attempt to gloss over the total absence of undisputed, independant evidence for a real historical Jesus.
well-paced, informative, exciting read
Strobel asks the kind of questions I might want to ask of these Bible scholars - but would probably have been to polite to. What can be seen from this is that the most extensive, probing questioning will help the subject present their case all the more convincingly, that is, if it is true.
The book is well-paced. It flows and is gripping. I really didn't want to close the book when I got to the end of a chapter... I wanted to keep reading. Strobel really does get these scholars to explain every angle. Far from being musty, these interviewees are exciting and have a story to tell.
By the end of this book I was in no doubt about the facts and the conclusion they led to. I had gone through the same journey as Strobel; from doubt to faith.
This book is a must-have, whether you are a Christian or not. In fact if you're not, read this book and see if it answers your questions about why you are not. I'm betting it will.