The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
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ISBN/ASIN : 0310209307
Manufacturer : Zondervan|
Release data : 01 September, 1998
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Thou shalt not lie
Two primary considerations that are true to the book:
1. It is not a "journalist's investigation" - there is no impartiality to this book or its writing. It is dishonest for the author and his editors to claim anything other than what it is, which is propaganda or information meant to persuade a cause to a certain side. Likewise, it'd be ignorant for any reader to misinterpret or consider it to be journalism.
2. The arguments are straw men, and weak straw men at that. He will setup an argument skillfully so that he can tear it down to show that the other side is wrong - or contrarily setup his stance with cherry picking of history or quotes and deluge you with contorted concepts to make his side seem true.
As such, a christian supporting his stance will likely enjoy the book (note his Amazon reviews), but you have to ignore the deception and constructs of his arguments. Lee Strobel has written many books of this sort (and benefited well from it). His stance is clear, so why do his books (Case for Faith, Case for Christ, Case for Creator) try to take a position of unbiased inquiry? Tell it for what it is - a ploy to sell books and a ploy for christians to feel vindicated. If you are seeking support for your beliefs, even at the expense of honest inquiry then Strobel's books in general will be fabulous.
Strobel and his editors are Masters of Strawmen:
The Straw Man fallacy is committed when a person simply ignores a person's actual position and substitutes a distorted, exaggerated or misrepresented version of that position. This sort of "reasoning" has the following pattern:
1. Person A has position X.
2. Person B presents position Y (which is a distorted version of X).
3. Person B attacks position Y.
4. Therefore X is false/incorrect/flawed.
This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because attacking a distorted version of a position simply does not constitute an attack on the position itself.
Its up to you to decide whether to support these practices.
There was a study done where 12 people witnessed a crime perpetrated by a person with a red shirt. These 12 witnesses were questioned by officers a day later and officers referred to the man as wearing a yellow shirt. 10 of the twelve people said the perpetrator wore a yellow shirt when asked to give an eyewitness account of the crime. This book doesn't delve into studies of this sort, but instead reports a highly emotional story where an eyewitness testifies against a known criminal and sends him to prison. Thus according to Lee all eyewitness accounts are infallible. Lee then confirms Jesus' resurrection because he is told by a 6'2" christian writer that although scholars claim the story of the resurrection was told 40 years after the fact he can argue it was actually told only two years after the fact. It has to be true. After all other historical writings document events 500 years after the fact and are accepted as factual. Another nail in the coffin for the logically impaired. He has proved the resurrection took place. This is what our culture accepts as logic?
I really enjoyed this book! It held my interest and definitely answered some questions that have been on my mind for years. I was impressed with the author's background and method of investigation and felt that this book was education; it was also hard for me to put down, which I like in any book.