This book is for those who feel an attraction to Jesus but have doubts. The author is a journalist and former athiest who's investigation of objections/questions of Christianity lead him to accept Christ and become a teaching pastor.
Skeptical about Christianity? Ever wonder why bad things happen to good people? Don't get tangled up in the atheistic double-talk. Strobel explains how faith is seamlessly and inseparably meshed with mankind's free will. If you are looking for some real answers to some of the major objections to Christianity, I'd consider this book authoritative. Those who seek Him will find Him.
Now in this eagerly anticipated sequel of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith investigates the nettlesome issues and doubts of the hearts that can threaten anyone's faith, even if he or she believes in Jesus Christ. Strobel again seeks out the experts as an investigative reporter to uncover answers to the toughest issues of the Christian life.
Faith is not always easy to develop; in fact, the Bible openly and candidly acknowledges that faith isnot a possession of all people. In a world powered by technology where science reigns supreme, many ask if faith is simply a relic of a time long past and if it should rightly be discarded. Author Lee Strobel, a former atheist, politely disagrees.
Strobel has written about his own faith and his conversion from atheism to Christianity. He has also authored a series of books that all start with The Case For where he presents a skeptical viewpoint to those he interviews and the challenge is for them to provide convincing evidence for their viewpoint. In this volume, he looks at eight objections many have with mainstream Christianity and how these objections may be answered.
The objections include: why God allows suffering, is God really needed if evolution explains life, why would God torture people in hell, the history of suffering that the church participated in (the Crusades), and if having doubts precludes one from being a Christian. He interviews philosopher Peter Kreeft (a favorite author of mine for his A Refutation of Moral Relativism); theologian William Lane Craig; scientist Walter L. Bradley (co-author of the 1984 book Mystery of Lifes Origin); university president Norman Geisler; author Ravi Zacharias; theologian J.P. Moreland (who debated with atheist Kai Nielsen); historian John Woodbridge.
His final points are worthy of consideration. Debunking Christianity involves far more than simply raising objections to what one deems wrong about the religion. For every book authored by an atheist questioning faith there are multiple rebuttals, indicating that a lot of relevant evidence is available that creates a strong presumption in favor of faith. Highly recommended.
As a "recovering" Catholic and agnostic I found this book to be annoying. The author only very thinly veils his evangelism. It was given to me by a Christian friend who felt I would be persuaded by the fact that the author was a lawyer and a former atheist. I was not.
Strobel lost me within the first chapter. One does not "prove" an argument by first assuming that it is true. A personal epiphany is not an irrefutable or fact-based proof of God or the indisputability of the need for faith. Nor does it provide very interesting reading in this particular faith. I think this book could more accurately be described as "support for people who already have faith and want to believe that their faith is reasoned". This strikes me as bizarre, since faith is exactly what one must have when reason and logic no longer provide solutions or solace.
Bottom line - if you don't already have faith and are looking to find some...you won't find it here.
I picked up this book thinking that Christianity was illogical and unfair, and wanting to know "the other side." I finished it with the same feelings and beliefs I had when I started it. The answers were pat and often counterintuitive and I found it totally unconvincing.
I enjoyed reading this book. It hits upon most of the major objections to the Christian faith and is presented in an organized, extremely understandable way - it's very well-written. I enjoyed hearing what the "experts" he talked to in each area had to say.
Being that Lee was a former agnostic/unbeliever, it is even more impressive that from talking to these masters in their fields that he eventually became convinced; thus, the book is even more compelling.
Personally, having all of this extra evidence, rational thought or proof concerning Christianity is nice, but still not necessary for me. The faith I have comes from within - it is a seed that was planted in me at birth, and by keeping myself in constant communication with Christ through prayer, Scripture, sight-seeing and sometimes mind-blowing interactions with others, my faith remains whole. But for the skeptics, who are always hard to convince, I don't see how or why they wouldn't come around after reading this book. If you are determined not to believe in something, it could be staring you straight in the face and you still might not believe. Still... if Lee became convinced, then others can, too. The Lord works in His mysterious ways to reach others, and there are millions of ways.
I'm glad this book is out there. I can think of quite a few naysayers that I would like to see read it.
Yes, I enjoyed every page that Lee Strobel wrote and every interview with skeptics and believers. The method of question and answer is one I appreciate. I endorse the book without reservation. Am not reposting it at this time. An excellent read for all who want to understand why they believe what they believe and to understand and allow themselves to have moments of wavering in their faith. God is faithful and relliable and able to do all that He promises to do in His Word - when we trust Him totally. Lois Johnson
Mr. Strobel attempts to provide reasons for having faith, and for the most part fails. The book is broken into chapters that address various objections/questions regarding Christianity. He interviews "experts" in the various topics presented, but the book is horribly one-sided in that all the experts (of course) have immense faith; additionally I found the "experts'" arguments unconvincing and weak. Most seemed to be something like, "If God exists, then you should have faith in Him," which is obviously a chicken-and-egg sort of approach. The chapter on evolution is ignorant in misguided at best, deceitful at worst. There was one chapter (on doubt) I actually felt was helpful, but most of the book was weak and vague, and it seems the author believes every atheist must be a drunken, theiving heathen. You'd be better off just picking up your Bible (or buying one if you don't have one) and starting there.