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The Case for Christ Student Edition: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

The Case for Christ Student Edition: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus

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by Lee Strobel, Jane Vogel

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There’s little question that he actually lived. But miracles? Rising from the dead? Some of the stories you hear about him sound like just that--stories. A reasonable person would never believe them, let alone the claim that he’s the only way to God! But a reasonable person would also make sure that he or she understood the facts before jumping to


There’s little question that he actually lived. But miracles? Rising from the dead? Some of the stories you hear about him sound like just that--stories. A reasonable person would never believe them, let alone the claim that he’s the only way to God! But a reasonable person would also make sure that he or she understood the facts before jumping to conclusions. That’s why Lee Strobel--an award-winning legal journalist with a knack for asking tough questions--decided to investigate Jesus for himself. An atheist, Strobel felt certain his findings would bring Christianity’s claims about Jesus tumbling down like a house of cards. He was in for the surprise of his life. Join him as he retraces his journey from skepticism to faith. You’ll consult expert testimony as you sift through the truths that history, science, psychiatry, literature, and religion reveal. Like Strobel, you’ll be amazed at the evidence--how much there is, how strong it is, and what it says. The facts are in. What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ?

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Chapter One
What's Wrong with Me?
I could take you back to the very place where I lost my faith in God. I was 14 years old.
At Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois, the biology classroom was on the third floor in the northwest corner of the building. I was sitting in the second row from the windows, third chair from the front, when I first learned about Darwin's theory of evolution.
Revolutionized by Evolution
This was revolutionary to me! Our teacher explained that life originated millions of years ago when chemicals randomly reacted with each other in a warm ocean on the primordial earth. Then, through a process of survival of the fittest and natural selection, life forms gained in complexity. Eventually, human beings emerged from the same family tree as apes.
Although the teacher didn't address this aspect of evolution, its biggest implication was obvious to me: If evolution explains the origin and development of life, then God was out of a job! What did we need God for? Life was just the natural result of the random interaction of chemicals.
To my mind, this was great news! Finally, here was a rational basis for atheism. If evolution explains life, then the first chapters of the Bible must be mythology or wishful thinking. And if that were true of the first chapters, why not the rest? Jesus could not have been God. Miracles aren't possible; they're just the attempts by pre-scientific people to make sense out of what they couldn't understand but which now science can explain.
For the first time, I had a rational reason to abandon Christianity.
Bored by Religion
Not that I'd ever really been a Christian.
My parents believed in God and had done their best to try to spark spiritual interest in me. When I was a kid, they brought me to a Protestant church, where I would struggle to stay awake during the 20-minute sermons. I didn't understand the rituals, I couldn't relate to the organ music, and I quickly concluded that religion was a waste of an otherwise perfectly good Sunday.
When I was in junior high, my parents enrolled me in confirmation class. This meant that one day a week after school I was forced to sit in the church's airless basement and go through a series of classes.
I can't recall learning much about the Bible---or about Jesus, for that matter. Mostly, I remember having to memorize things like the Ten Commandments and then stand and recite them. Nobody knew them well; we sort of bluffed our way through as the pastor would prompt us. It was mind-numbingly dull. I don't remember anything that I was forced to commit to memory back then, although I do have vivid memories of the pastor lecturing us and telling us sternly that we didn't have enough 'diligence.' I didn't even know what that was, but apparently we were bad for not having it.
Graduating from Church
When the time came to be formally confirmed and made a member of the church, we were told in advance the kind of questions we would be asked so that we'd know the answers. I didn't want to go through with this because, if I had any faith in God at the time, it was hanging by a slender thread. To me, God was irrelevant, mysterious, and a stern disciplinarian who, if he existed, was probably mad that I lacked 'diligence.'
On the other hand, I wasn't too excited about the idea of standing up to my parents and saying, 'No thanks, I'm not interested in being confirmed, because I think your God is probably just a fairy tale.' My dad would have gone ballistic and my mom would have freaked out. I didn't need that. If there were no God, then what would be the harm in going through some meaningless ritual?
So I went through the confirmation ceremony. Afterward, we got a stack of pre-printed envelopes so we could give money to the church. That, I figured, was probably what was really behind the whole confirmation scam---and probably behind all of organized religion. But confirmation had its advantages: I figured that my confirmation ceremony was actually my graduation ceremony---I had graduated from church. Now I was on my own. My parents stopped dragging me to church on Sundays, and I was happy to sleep late. I had done the religion drill. Time to party!
Looking for Love
After that day in biology class, I had even more reason to party. After all, I'd figured out that God did not exist. And that meant I was not accountable to him. I would not have to stand before him someday and be judged. I was free to live according to my rules, not his dusty commandments that I had been force-fed in confirmation class. To me, all of this meant that nobody else really mattered unless they made me happy.
But there was someone who mattered---and who made me happy. Her name was Leslie, and we met when we were 14 years old. On the day we met, Leslie went home and told her mother, 'I've met the boy I'm going to marry!'
Her mother was condescending. 'Sure, you did,' she said. But Leslie didn't have any doubts, and neither did I.
We dated on and off during high school, and after I left home to attend the University of Missouri, we maintained our relationship through the mail. We became convinced that there was nobody else we would ever be happy with. Within a year, Leslie moved down to Missouri, and we got engaged. We decided to get married in a church because ... well, that's where people get married, isn't it?
Besides, Leslie wasn't hostile toward God, as I was. She wasn't opposed to religion, especially for other people. For herself, though, God was just another topic she had never taken the time to seriously explore.

Meet the Author


Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and is the bestselling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee has won four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence and coauthored the Christian Book of the Year. He serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. His story is now featured in the motion picture The Case for Christ. Visit Lee’s website at: leestrobel.com


Jane Vogel, a writer who has been involved in youth ministry for twenty years, wrote The Case for Christ - Student Edition and The Case for Faith - Student Edition with Lee Strobel. She lives with her husband, Steve, and their two children in Winfield, Illinois.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know those nagging little doubts that your new-age neighbor keeps planting in your mind about Christianity? Well, this book has the answers to those qestions and more, and all from EXPERTS in their field, not just some guy who wrote a book. The author writes in an easy-to-read manner that leads you right through the chapters. He covers all the major questions from "Did Jesus really die?" to "So why are there discrepancies in the various gospels," He goes through the scientific studies--archeology studies--psychiatric studies, etc. and gathers his information from people who really know what they're talking about. This is a book I have already given away and am orderig a couple more to have on hand as a witnessing tool. A great book. I recommend it to anyone who has doubts about the validity of Christianity, and to those who are Christans--it only deepens your faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a person that needs concrete proof in order to believe something is true. This book DEFINITELY gives you that. It comes from an Atheist. Because of this, he will not be bias and will tell you exactly what he finds. This book will really helps people understand Christianity and be able to have proof that the events in the Bible actually happened. It helped me tremendously with my faith. This is an amazing book.
Samantha14 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by my father. I am only half way done, and it has already changed my life. Prior to reading this book, I have had a strong faith, but in college I am constantly being bashed and mocked for my beliefs. Now that I have read this book, I have received a new sense of confidence and courage to stand up for what i believe in. This book has evidence that proofs Christianity true from multiple perspectives: science, psychology, history, archeology, and secular findings. It also provides tons of explanations to increase the readers understanding of the topic at hand. I loved this book so much, and I think that it has truly strengthened my faith even more. I am so thankful for this book and for Lee Strobel, the author. It is a must read if you are a Christian or Non-Christian!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of the book 'The Case For Christ' nails down many facts about Christ. I was looking for more facts to help me spark the unbeliever as well as reaffirm my own faith. This book obviously cannot address every concept that its attackers would like to use to discredit its quality however it does present many undeniable facts that support that fact that Jesus lives.
SiwelFP More than 1 year ago
The author, himself an avowed atheist, tracks down learned experts in their field, as he investigates the evidence concerning the case for Christ's existence or nonexistence. He cross-examines each scholar in his attempt to disprove the deity, and history of Christ, but finds overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and in the process discovers his life touched by the Son of God. The author's tough questions challenge each scholar he encounters to produce undeniable evidence of their positions on the truth of Jesus, His birth, His death, and His resurrection. This book reads like a captivating novel that continually puts the reader on the edge of his seat, and challenges him to question hos own beliefs about Christianity. The author also poses questions at the end of each interview for the reader to consider in his judgment of the information which has been propounded from the questions asked, and at the end of this riveting drama, inquires as to what the reader intends to do with the information presented. He asks in the end, "What will be your verdict in the Case for Christ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting book if you are a person with an inquiring mind and a detective/investigative-type personality.
BlackAsh13 4 months ago
As someone who stands firm in his Christian faith, I looked to this book with hope that it would provide some solid and, previously unknown, historical details to me about the life of Jesus that would strengthen my faith. This didn't happen. Another reviewer commented that the author has setup a 300+page strawman, and I must agree with that. Lee Strobel introduces six questions (arguments) posed by historians that question the divinity and legitimacy of Jesus as messiah. He does so by quoting the works of historians that pertain to each of these topics, then he interviews historians who hold the opposing (his) worldview, and allows them to pick apart the validity of the counterarguments. Being a Christian, it probably ought to have been easy for Strobel to sway me, but his "case" was just plain weak, and his argument did nothing for me. This book boiled down to a bunch of historians on opposite sides of the Jesus debate attempting to discredit the each other, while we lay people wonder to ourselves, "What the heck are they talking about?" Strobel mentions that there is Greek word for a young woman that has 16 different translations. Because of this, some historians conclude that Mary was not a Virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. Whose translation is correct? At another point, a historian is discredited because his opinions are based on a Greek translation of text. This historian was unable to read the original Aramaic text which, according to Strobel, would have offered a different perspective on what the document contained. What each of us believes when it comes to God and religion is ultimately a question of faith. I'm not sure any historian/archeologist will ever be able to uncover enough suitable evidence to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the events of the life of Jesus over 2000 years ago. It just comes down to faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A in depth study into the historical Jesus. With all of the evidence provided there can only be one answer. JESUS IS ALIVE.
Seantaneous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the sharpest evangelistic tools I have ever possessed. So much so, that this was the first book I actually bought for someone else, and I've read a ton of books. Lee Strobel, in his own personal journey from unbelief to belief, travels through an array of avenues to prove that Jesus is who he said he was and is. The Case for Christ touches on archaeology, history, science and more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Case book and I loved it! Ive read all but Case for a Creater!!!!!(;(;(;(:(;(;
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Great for church study group.
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this book is great because as a Christian I am not fully aware of all of the facts. It was a bit difficult to understand but very informational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I had to read several others that are referenced in it...and also Strobel's "Case for Faith". I believe that, no matter your religion or lack thereof, there is valuable information in this book.
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This book was very helpful.
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