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MICHAEL (morecowbell) - reviewed The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection on
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Basically, the book is about an evangelical Christian apologetic minister who pretends to be a skeptical journalist to see if a man was really raised from the dead 2000 years ago. The arguments were circular and I'll quickly sum it up the basic one: "The Bible said the resurrection happened. Where is the proof? The proof is... in the Bible." Good for a Christian who needs to feel validation, but the "evidence" will be unconvincing to most non-believing adults with decent critical thinking skills. For that, start with Carl Sagan's "The Demon-Haunted World."
Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity.
But a dead man coming back to live? In our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? some argue that Jesus never died on the cross. Conflicting accounts make the empty toumb seem suspect.
How credible is the evidence for the resurrection? Focusing his award winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief.
I am only posting this book on PaperBackSwap because somehow I ended up with two copies of it. Now that I am putting all my books on GoodReads.com hopefully I will stop forgetting what books I have and buying extra copies of them.
This was a very good and thorough book without being to scholarly or preachy. It is matter of fact. It is a first person account of what happened to him.
Lee Strobel at the time was an investigative journalist and his wife became a Christian, so he decided to investigate the claims of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and see if he could get his wife out of this cult called Christianity.
He interviewed a forensic pathologist, a physician and former research scientist, a former divinity school teacher who debated atheists about the resurrection, and a professor and chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Theology at a university.
He did a thorough investigation. He investigated whether Jesus was killed or could have just fainted. He checked whether Joseph of Arimathea, whose tomb Jesus was laid in, was a hoax. He investigated whether Jesus really rose from the dead. What about the soldiers? Whether people really saw Jesus after his resurrection or whether Jesus' body was just dead and stolen.
Then the author gave his conclusions.
I would be interested what an atheist who seriously read the book (rather than just wanting to rail against Christianity) thought of it.