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The Case for a Creator Participant's Guide: A Six-Session Investigation of the Scientific Evidence That Points toward God
     

The Case for a Creator Participant's Guide: A Six-Session Investigation of the Scientific Evidence That Points toward God

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by Lee Strobel, Garry Poole
 

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In the small group Bible study, The Case for a Creator: A Six-session Investigation of the Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God, Lee Strobel investigates scientific discoveries and explores how they form a solid basis for belief in God.

Former journalist and skeptic Lee Strobel has discovered something very interesting about science. Far from being the

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In the small group Bible study, The Case for a Creator: A Six-session Investigation of the Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God, Lee Strobel investigates scientific discoveries and explores how they form a solid basis for belief in God.

Former journalist and skeptic Lee Strobel has discovered something very interesting about science. Far from being the enemy of faith, science provides a solid foundation for believing in God as ongoing discoveries point to the incredible complexity of our universe, a complexity best explained by the existence of a Creator.

So has science finally discovered God? Certainly new discoveries in such scientific disciplines as cosmology, cellular biology, astronomy, physics and DNA research point to the incredible intricacy of our universe, a complexity best explained by the existence of a Creator. In it, weighty and complex evidence is delivered in a compelling, conversational style.

Written by Lee Strobel and Garry Poole, this six-session study is designed for use with the Case for a Creator companion DVD (sold separately).

Sessions include:
1. Science and God
2. Doubts and Darwinism
3. The Evidence of Cosmology
4. The Fine-Tuning of the Universe
5. The Evidence of Biochemistry
6. DNA and the Origin of Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310282853
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling 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. Visit Lee's website at: leestrobel.com

As Willow Creek Community Church's key evangelism leader for over sixteen years, Garry Poole is the innovator of seeker small groups and a strategist of creative outreach initiatives. Passionate about reaching people for Christ, Garry and his team have trained thousands of leaders to launch seeker small groups in their own settings. His award-winning book, Seeker Small Groups, provides a detailed blueprint for facilitating small group discussions that assist spiritual seekers with investigating Christianity. He also wrote The Complete Book of Questions, a collection of 1001 conversation starters and numerous group study guides including The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians; The Tough Questions Series, and Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (with Lee Strobel) to accompany Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ. In 2005, it became the first discussion guide ever to receive the prestigious Charles “Kip” Jordon Christian Book of the Year award. Garry lives in suburban Chicago.

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Case for a Creator 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many of us are on the quest for God, and often you wonder, when challenged with evolution and other 'scientifically established' results if your inner thoughts are so wrong. Asking questions, finding answers, and inner whisperings are all satisfied in this book. Scientists are beginning to realize, with excellent reasoning, that for us to be on this quest, there has to be something that exsisted before us, that created us and the quest we are on. The miracles of life, the exact conditions that make our universe and our life, could not have been accidental, nor could the complete equipment that we have, which gives us the ability to make the quest for God. If you are on the quest for God, this is an easy book to read, with lots of references for further enriched and in depth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure if LouisEagle and Strongbark read the same book as I did...I read The Case for the Creator and felt that Strobel provided a great deal of substantiation -- interviews with world-reknowned scientists (and not just Christians although many came to that belief after their own research led them there...they weren't supporting their belief after the fact, rather it is whether the science took them). Interviews were taped, transcribed and reported verbatim. Strobel doesn't interject his beliefs, rather he plays the skeptic and asks the questions that personally troubled him and prevented his initial belief in God. Everything is footnoted for further study and reference and there is even a section for additional independent study and reading at the end of most chapters. For the open minded reader it is really quite helpful. If you have an open mind, I think you will find the science most intriguing. I literally couldn't put the book down. I'm also recommending another book I couldn't put down and have now read several times -- The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. One of the most intelligent discussions I've read to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an engineer who appreciates well thought-out scientific investigations - this book is excellent! I Highly recommend it. After reading this book one can see it takes alot more faith to believe in evolution than creation. The author studies both sides of about 10 scientific issues. Would go one step further and say the young earth model is more accurate but the author is not trying for that angle - he establishes 'A case' for a creator. Check it out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is effectively the same literature that is found in other Intelligent Design/ Discovery Institute materials. The arguments are the same, just in new packaging. This book is almost solely scientific. It would be interesting to see what Strobel thinks about the theological implications of ID. Strobel tries to align the Intelligent Design theory to the Genesis creation account, but I am unconvinced. There is a growing body of scientific evidence that disproves the arguments here and there are logical answers to the questions they pose that are not addressed. Overall, not an earth shattering book. If you purchasing it, you probably already agree with what is in the book, and more importantly want to believe in the arguments they make.
yarnspinner More than 1 year ago
I am still reading this book and am almost finished. My mind is just completely BLOWN AWAY. I've always loved science and philosophy and debating topics (like the ones in this book) with other people. It almost seems as if he wrote this book just for me (allthough i know that's not the case). If you have a truely open mind (athiests are welcome), then read this book. And if you know someone who is a science teacher or student, buy this for them as a gift. Probably the most thought prevoking book i have ever read, and i read a s@#$load of books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What magnificence! For anyone who seeks the infallible truth, I recommend this book more than any other in my library. These pages started me on a vigorous Strobel 'fit.' It inspires fierce motivation for precious discovery. Relentless factual affirmations with a matter of fact approach found unflinching when persuading the faithless. Thoughtfully written, this book should be a prerequisite for belief. Don't be left behind!! I dare any atheist to investigate ... it will save your eternity.
ShawnM More than 1 year ago
Recommended.
BookLoverDB More than 1 year ago
Through discussions with many scientists, Lee Strobel makes a strong case for a Creator. I found it fascinating that as science evolves more and more, the case for an ultimate designer of our universe is strengthened vs. weakened. At times the science speak is difficult to understand but overall this is a fascinating read.
barnard27 More than 1 year ago
This book does a lot for providing more scientific reasons for the existence of an intelligent designer(God). The book is written well and is neither hard to follow nor boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can God and Darwinian evolution coexist? Not a chance, says Lee Strobel. Strobel's attack on evolution may fortify your beliefs, but it definitely will not change them. This is largely because Strobel only interviews people that agree with him- a method that makes this book boring and easy to discredit. The first sign that Strobel is in over his head with this book is a phony insistence on his own curiosity and scientific nature. As a journalist, he gives us a self-serving account of his love to seek the truth, like the time he took his father's train set apart to see how the insides work. The book is filled with such trite accounts of science, because Strobel insists his own former atheism correlated with both respect for scientific methodology and immorality. While Strobel continually attempts to appear respectful to science, it is clear that he is hostile toward what he deems the philosophy that 'killed God.' He throws around Oxford academic Richard Dawkins' name with contempt and flippancy, while sorely lacking the evolutionary education to back up his own rants. Not that Strobel's 'experts' aren't qualified. It's just that they discredit only 'icons' of evolution, not evolution itself. Strobel starts out his attack on evolution by introducing us to the common images of Darwinism drilled into his head as a youngster (Miller's experiment with the amino acids, Darwin's 'tree,' the bird-reptile fossil, etc.). He then asks the experts to debunk all of these images. This seemingly systematic approach is full of holes. To be fair, at least Strobel wrote a book questioning something. His big problem is that questioning evolution and discrediting it entirely are worlds apart- that is the essence of science. Even the most fervent supporters of evolution admit that there is a lot to learn. Thankfully, no one in the scientific community gives up on their theories as easily as Strobel would suggest doing. Sadly for Strobel and other apologists, scientific theories are not foolproof pieces of iconic imagery that can be beaten down with the sword of faith- they are indeed entirely separate from faith, and most of us like it that way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book awesome and full of information
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
). Lee Strobel grew up in a nominally religious home, but the nearly universal teaching of Darwinian evolution in his educational experience, beginning in high school biology and throughout college, led him to become an atheist. However, after the Yale-educated law journalist’s wife was converted to Christ, he began to rethink the foundations of his unbelief, embarking upon the adventure of a lifetime by using his talents as an investigative journalist to examine the facts. I purchased all of Strobel’s major books, including The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith in a combined edition and The Case for the Real Jesus, but decided to start with what I would consider “the beginning,” The Case for a Creator. After all, the Bible opens with the statement, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). After writing about his own background, influenced by images of Darwinism yet eventually developing doubts, Strobel interviews scientific experts in several fields—cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry, biological information, and consciousness—to show how their studies provide astonishing evidence for creation rather than purely naturalistic evolution. To be honest, this book sometimes borders on the academic, delving into subjects which would be far beyond the comprehension of most people, including myself. However, Strobel does try to translate the language of the scientists and philosophers he interviews into more popular style so that it can be more readily understood by those without scientific training. Each chapter also contains suggestions for further reading on particular issues of science and faith. Of course, rabid atheists will dismiss Strobel’s work with a wave of the hand as nothing more than a biased attempt to bolster a dubious claim that is based only on mythology to begin with. One person said something to the effect that all Strobel did was interview creation scientists to prove creationism. However, the scientists whom he interviewed are not “creation scientists” but primarily proponents of Intelligent Design, and there is a difference. The book accepts, at least on the surface, the idea of “the Big Bang” and a billions-of-years existence for the universe, so there will be disagreement on certain points. I realize that some tension exists between young earth creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design, but even as a young earth creationist myself I believe that the two groups have common cause. Strobel concludes that, when correctly interpreted, science and biblical teaching support each other and quotes physicist Paul Davies who says, "…science offers a surer path to God than religion." With much of what passes for “religion” these days, he may be right.
bluesy51 More than 1 year ago
I am a Christian so I thought that this book would help increase my faith and I could learn something new. What Strobel attempts to do is take interviews with a science minded Christian and use his "views" as scientific evidence for the existence of God. I felt that it was a insult to my intelligence. I guess it just goes to show you that science and faith don't always mix well. The author finds someone to interview and suddenly he is a believer because of the "sceintific evidence", which frankly he doesn't prove he just talks about his scientific ideas. Much a the book goes somthing like this: " Well this particular organism is so complex so there is no way it could have evolved, therefore it was put here by God." I mean, come on.
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Elkan More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book because I have two college-aged children who are surrounded by athiests at school. I wanted to find a reference book for them to use to fight back against the professors and other students who mock their faith. This book hits a homerun for that purpose! This book is not for the "uneducated" in science. But, if you (or someone you know) is educated at the college level in science, then this is the book!!!! Mr. Strobel proves, without doubt, that God exists. The fascinating way that he does it truly remarkable. He takes the arguments that agnostics and athiests have formulated (to prove that there is no God) and uses these arguments to prove that God does exist! The facts in nature speak for themselves and all of the facts, if understood, point directly to a creator. Please consider this book for yourself if you are in college and doubting the existence of God. If you have college aged children, this is a must buy for Christmas!
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