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The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

The lighthouse in the search for truth

I have recently read the book,The Case For Faith, by Lee Strobel, a journalistic investigation to the objections of Christianity, and I couldn¿t let it down from the moment I read the thesis. Being a skeptic once myself, I see now that the objections I would once dwelle...
I have recently read the book,The Case For Faith, by Lee Strobel, a journalistic investigation to the objections of Christianity, and I couldn¿t let it down from the moment I read the thesis. Being a skeptic once myself, I see now that the objections I would once dwelled in have indeed an answer. Lee Strobel faces the philosophical and scientific challenges to the Christian faith with an open mind and brings clarity to them with concrete answers. This book serves both believers and non-believers alike. The objections that I once wrestled with are followed through with rational and corroborative evidence. Like in a courtroom both sides of the story are presented, leaving out any biased testimony to rekindle accusations. From the moment the thesis is established the format of the book unfolds itself with in the road to answers, not avoiding the details of potential loopholes. From the most common brought up objection against God- the theory of evolution- to ¿It¿s Offensive to Claim Jesus Is the Only Way to God¿- this book stares at the misconceptions and delivers. The answers provided by scientists, philosophers, and other thinkers alike, not only alter the mind, but also supplies food for intellect. Finding perspective with in the boundaries of a world filled with questions about origin, meaning and destiny, it is sometimes hard to come about with convincing information to satisfy faith over reason. However, I believe this book unites the power of an intelligent faith over the cliché of blind faith. Being a student in high school, I sincerely see the need for this information to be shared with others, which is what I¿m planning to do. Many of my friends I feel would appreciate the long-awaited side of the story to the often thought of unanswerable questions to skepticism.

posted by Anonymous on May 24, 2001

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3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Master of Strawmen

The premise of the book ¿The Case for Faith¿ seems to be an exploration of Biblical Christianity through its better-known proponents by a curious and impartial skeptic. Of course, that is not the case and it is only a dishonest marketing ploy to call it a journalistic i...
The premise of the book ¿The Case for Faith¿ seems to be an exploration of Biblical Christianity through its better-known proponents by a curious and impartial skeptic. Of course, that is not the case and it is only a dishonest marketing ploy to call it a journalistic investigation and a laughable ruse to say it is the toughest objections. There is an intentional and cleverly fashioned flow in the book through a sequence of interviews by a (supposedly skeptical) journalist in a deliberate progression. These interviews are used to persuade under the illusion of investigation as the author posed questions in a manner that could be dismantled by a clever apologist. Any of Strobel¿s questions of the apologists¿ theories are short and feeble, they are strawmen. If you are a believer and want to feel more reassured, then you might find it here provided you don't apply critical thought. Also, if you are a believer - ask yourself if you want to support an author and marketing staff that distorts truth for gain. If you are not a believer, you would have to lack the ability to realize fallacious arguments and strawmen to be persuaded.

posted by Anonymous on January 1, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

    Master of Strawmen

    The premise of the book ¿The Case for Faith¿ seems to be an exploration of Biblical Christianity through its better-known proponents by a curious and impartial skeptic. Of course, that is not the case and it is only a dishonest marketing ploy to call it a journalistic investigation and a laughable ruse to say it is the toughest objections. There is an intentional and cleverly fashioned flow in the book through a sequence of interviews by a (supposedly skeptical) journalist in a deliberate progression. These interviews are used to persuade under the illusion of investigation as the author posed questions in a manner that could be dismantled by a clever apologist. Any of Strobel¿s questions of the apologists¿ theories are short and feeble, they are strawmen. If you are a believer and want to feel more reassured, then you might find it here provided you don't apply critical thought. Also, if you are a believer - ask yourself if you want to support an author and marketing staff that distorts truth for gain. If you are not a believer, you would have to lack the ability to realize fallacious arguments and strawmen to be persuaded.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Sloppy Journalism

    This book is awful. Lee Stobel interviews philosophers who completely deny the sovereignty of God, and He completely ignores the Protestant Reformed views on 'the big eight'. These philosophers are so eager to push there views and without even using scripture! I could hardly get through his first interview with Peter Kreeft on 'Since evil and suffering exist , a loving God cannot', the first objection. The explanations given, would at best confuse the reader. I do not recommend this book and I'm glad I only checked it out at the library instead of buying it.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    Not about faith

    Are we really talking about faith here? To Christianity, faith finds great favor with God because the adherents are willing to cast their lives according to something they believe in but remains beyond proof. Why then does the book spend so much time trying to nail down proof that the belief is built on fact? If we are really talking about faith, then how is this any different from Islam? Surely, those people have as much faith as any Christian. The book is obviously not about faith but about trying to shore up Christian belief. Belief in either of these dogmas is absurd when one thinks about it. Both believe in a just and loving God. The adherents of both religions are equally fervent and sincere. Both are serving God to the best of their knowledge and ability based on the information God has provided to their particular situation. Now if God finds one more acceptable than the other, He is unjust, unfair and unloving. What more can one do but be sincere? Hence, the ultimate contradiction. Truth obviously lies elsewhere.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2001

    Simply Awful!

    This book isn't likely to convince even the most wobbly agnostic of the veracity of the Christian faith, much less win a debate with hardened atheists. Stroebel is, however, excellent at making fallacious assumptions, quoting false authority, and all in all presenting a case which a college freshman could poke holes in with ease. He even quotes, with frequency, one of the most illogical apologetics writers ever- Ravi Zacharias. This book is, if possible, even worse than his first, 'The Case For Christ'. No one who is a doubting believer and has even a smattering of intellect would find their faith reaffirmed by such shoddy 'evidence'. This is, however, a good laugh for intelligent folks with a rational mind.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    This book is totally biased. Lee Strobel obviously picks and in

    This book is totally biased. Lee Strobel obviously picks and interviews only those who agree with his point of view. The arguments that are given by the interviewees are riddled with logical fallacies like begging the question or circular reasoning. Base assumptions are made that can clearly be argued.

    For instance, in Case for Faith in the section about evil is is clearly assumed that God is the only source for goodness because we can only recognize evil because we have been given a moral code to compare evil things to. The argument is that we must know what good is so we can know what evil is. The assumption that goodness comes entirely from a supernatural being can be argued against. For example, observers of certain species of primate have noticed that they have a culture and a notion of a moral code. One species (I can't recall the specifics now) mate for life and promiscuity is punished as a simple example. The point is that moral codes are being seen in creatures that are thought to not have a concept of God or worship. They just know as part of their genetic make up and it can be argued we have similar natural tendencies.

    These types of things are completely ignored making the argument biased and one sided. This book will re-affirm the beliefs of the already faithful, but will probably not go far to convert anyone who is not already of like mind to the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    This book frustrated me.

    I would rather not state all the frustrations I had when I read this book. Instead, I want to encourage the person thinking about buying this book to look at other views as well. One should take into consideration that there is more than one view on apologetics. If you want to look into various books, I'd recommend 'Always Ready' by Greg Bahnsen.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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