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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2007

    Standing Up to Cross Examination

    I was a high school debater and a coach of debate in college. One purpose of debate is so the listener can see both sides of an issue, similar to a witness giving testimony in a trial and then being subject to cross examination by the opposing lawyer. In ¿The Case for the Real Jesus,¿ Strobel deals with six modern challenges to Jesus Christ as He is known to the churches: (1)Documents give a different picture from the four gospels (2)The church tampered with the text of the Bible (3)Refutations to Jesus¿ resurrection (4)Influence of pagan religions on Christianity (5)Was Jesus really the Messiah? and (6)The relativity of choosing how one views Jesus. Strobel picks an outstanding specialist scholar for each of the issues and listens as the scholar gives the historical data defending the traditional views then, as in a debate, or a trial cross examination, Strobel (who was trained in law and was the legal editor for the Chicago Tribune), cross examines the scholar, picking at the soft spots of the data as written by many liberal scholars and non-Christians. The cross examination is well prepared with citations from many sources in published books as well as material on the internet. And it is relentless and thorough. One dramatic example is when Strobel interviews Dr. Michael L. Brown. Strobel listens as Brown presents a persuasive case for Jesus as Messiah, using a thorough knowledge of both the Old and New Testaments. In his summary, Brown sounds like an debater summing up the affirmative case and knowing that the judge will give him the verdict. But Strobel begins to pick at the soft spots, many of which can be devastating. However, Brown is able to successfully answer the questions, and in the end, after all the examination, Strobel must admit (and gladly) that all the evidence really points to and substantiates that Jesus is truly the Messiah. This is not a quick read, but it well worth the price and time expended. Teman Johnson, retired professor of Speech and English, Merced College, Merced, California

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    The Case for Strobel

    By far, I believe this to be Mr. Strobel's most effective and strongest work to-date. While every bit as scholarly and thorough as The Case for Faith and The Case for Christ, The Case for the Real Jesus is imminently readable and arguably compelling. The book also takes on an air of urgency when viewed in the context of a modern apologetic soon to be placed alongside the likes of such celebrated anti-theists as Dawkins, Hitchens, and Harris. Mr. Strobel has provided an unflinching examination of the most often heralded, increasingly repeated, and far too easily taken for granted points of contention of those with differing or antagonistic worldviews. As such, it is an indispensable tool for all Christians and an undeniable invitation to non-Christians: a book that serves to not only bridge the gaps of ignorance, naiveté, and hostility but to buttress our sometimes lagging personal pillars of faith.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

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    Lee doesn't consult any "real Jewish prospective" sources...

    Lee makes two fatal mistakes... one... He doesn't ask one authentic Jewish Rabbi (Dr. Michael Brown is presented as Jewish but he is actually from a Christian view) to tell why the Jews don't believe in Jesus. Two... He doesn't consider God's opinion. God used specific Hebrew Words to convey his thoughts about the messiah. Christians like Lee must redefine the thoughts of God to prove Jesus is the messiah. Read the other side of the coin. The book I recommend below (Leaving Jesus) is written by a former Christian that has seen both sides of the argument. This book below presents God's opinion concerning the matter. Who will you believe?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Good Preparation for Discussions with Non-Believers

    Like other Lee Strobel books, this is another good one, giving additional information regarding opposing beliefs in the world and how to articulate the TRUTH.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Okay But Not Great

    This book is very well written therefore the 3 star rating. However, as a firm believer and critical thinker, this book was a disappointment. As 75 reviews have already been submitted I certainly will not go into detail except to say that the author needs to remember the phase "confirmation bias".

    Unlike his journalism background, he did a very poor job of gathering information and reporting on the six questions or problems he started with. First off, he chooses very agenda-laden and biased scholars and (surprisingly) stopped there for all of his answers. Additionally, he did dig nearly deep enough with his questioning. If Larry King was the interviewer, these would be the types of softballs he would toss. I expect much better for $14.95.

    I also was a little put off by having to read how many books each author had in his personal library as if an active Amazon account equates to brilliance.

    Still, it was fun to read and well written. Buyer beware that there is no meat served at this meal.

    Michael L. Gooch

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    Lee Strobel investigates fact and fiction surrounding the life of Jesus.

    If you are confused by all of the tales surrounding Jesus and want to sort out fact from fiction, this book is for you. This highly readable book written to describe what is known about the life of Jesus will maintain your interest, as well as, answer your questions. Lee Strobel's investigative news reporter style of writing provides the reader with a concise, solid foundation for discussing Christianity from a historical perspective.

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    Posted November 10, 2007

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    It is obvious that the author does not know Jesus.

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