The Case for Christ

  • by Lee Strobel
  • Narrated by Dick Fredricks
  • 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God?Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, who are recognized authorities in their fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event?
Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this remarkable book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure.
What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ?


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Interesting Approach to the New Testament

Strobel uses analogies from criminal cases he is familiar with, along with his talents as an investigative reporter for a major newspaper, to help tell the story of how he became a Christian. His wife's conversion to Christianity led him to approach the Bible from a factual angle, and he spends quite a bit of time visiting with scholars and trying to prove one way or the other whether the events cited in the New Testament, primarily the four Gospels, could have actually happened.

As is the case with any book of this type, you're either going to believe or not, and the book itself may help push you into feeling more strongly; non-believers will likely dismiss it as yet another attempt to coerce their thinking. There are certainly some logic errors, but he does make a strong case for his side.

As a lifelong Christian, I found the story interesting and well told, although Strobel tries a little too hard in his attempt to provide drama. While the book isn't likely to convert anyone, keep in mind there's a reason it's called "faith."

The audio version gets in the way sometimes as the narrator attempts to provide different voices for the characters; I would have preferred a straight read.

All in all, it's a great listen if you're a believer and want some facts, or if you're not sure what to believe and have an open mind.
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- Jeff

Not a definitive case for Christ

Srrobel tries in this book to make the reader feel that he or she is walking with a reporter who is using his years of investigative experience to prove (or disprove) the case for Christ's existence and then the case for his divinity. I enjoyed the book and feel that it does help the lay reader begin to understand that there is a great deal of biblical and non-biblical support for Christ's existence. However, it is more difficult to feel as comfortable about Christ's divinity.

If your goal were to build a foundation to help support your faith that Christ was God, this book would serve well as perhaps one building block. To make a stronger case that Christ was divine the author should have spent more time interviewing those scholars who hold well-reasoned arguments against the divinity of Christ and dealing with their objections. With this in mind, I would recommend the book and remind people that building a case for Christ and his divinity will be a long journey.
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- Tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2004
  • Publisher: Zondervan