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The Case for Christ Evangelism Pak
     

The Case for Christ Evangelism Pak

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by Lee Strobel
 

Evangelism Special! Read one yourself, give one to a seeking friend. 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

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Evangelism Special! Read one yourself, give one to a seeking friend. 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 own 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? Along with The Case for Christ, this Evangelism Special includes a copy of Zondervan's NIV Study Bible, The Journey. It is "The Study Bible for Spiritual Seekers"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310226055
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
PACKAGE
Pages:
1728
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.38(h) x 1.88(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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CHAPTER 12
The Evidence of the Missing Body Candy heiress Helen Vorhees Brach flew into the world's busiest airport on a crisp autumn afternoon, stepped into a crowd, and promptly disappeared without a trace. For more than twenty years the mystery of what happened to this red-haired, animal-loving philanthropist has baffled police and journalists alike.
While investigators are convinced she was murdered, they haven't been able to determine the specific circumstances, largely because they've never found her body. Police have floated some speculation, leaked tantalizing possibilities to the press, and even got a judge to declare that a con man was responsible for her disappearance. But absent a corpse, her murder officially remains unsolved. Nobody has ever been charged with her slaying.
The Brach case is one of those frustrating enigmas that keep me awake from time to time as I mentally sift through the sparse evidence and try to piece together what happened. Ultimately it's an unsatisfying exercise; I want to know what happened, and there just aren't enough facts to chase away the conjecture.
Occasionally bodies turn up missing in pulp fiction and real life, but rarely do you encounter an empty tomb. Unlike the case of Helen Brach, the issue with Jesus isn't that he was nowhere to be seen. It's that he was seen, alive; he was seen, dead; and he was seen, alive once more. If we believe the gospel accounts, this isn't a matter of a missing body. No, it's a matter of Jesus still being alive, even to this day, even after publicly succumbing to the horrors of crucifixion so graphically depicted in the preceding chapter.
The empty tomb, as an enduring symbol of the Resurrection, is the ultimate representation of Jesus' claim to being God. The apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:17 that the Resurrection is the very linchpin of the Christian faith: 'If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.'
Theologian Gerald O'Collins put it this way: 'In a profound sense, Christianity without the resurrection is not simply Christianity without its final chapter. It is not Christianity at all.'1
The Resurrection is the supreme vindication of Jesus' divine identity and his inspired teaching. It's the proof of his triumph over sin and death. It's the foreshadowing of the resurrection of his followers. It's the basis of Christian hope. It's the miracle of all miracles.
If it's true. Skeptics claim that what happened to Jesus' body is still a mystery akin to Helen Brach's disappearance - there's not enough evidence, they say, to reach a firm conclusion.
But others assert that the case is effectively closed, because there is conclusive proof that the tomb was vacant on that first Easter Morning. And if you want someone to compellingly present that case, your best bet is to visit with William Lane Craig, widely considered to be among the world's foremost experts on the Resurrection.
The Eleventh Interview: William Lane Craig, Ph.D., D.Th.
I had an unusual perspective the first time I saw Bill Craig in action: I was seated behind him as he defended Christianity before a crowd of nearly eight thousand people, with countless others listening on more than one hundred radio stations across the country.
As moderator of a debate between Craig and an atheist selected by the national spokesman for American Atheists, Inc., I marveled as Craig politely but powerfully built the case for Christianity while simultaneously dismantling the arguments for atheism. From where I was sitting, I could watch the faces of people as they discovered - many for the first time - that Christianity can stand up to rational analysis and rugged scrutiny.
In the end it was no contest. Among those who had entered the auditorium that evening as avowed atheists, agnostics, or skeptics, an overwhelming 82 percent walked out concluding that the case for Christianity had been the most compelling. Forty-seven people entered as nonbelievers and exited as Christians - Craig's arguments for the faith were that persuasive, especially compared with the paucity of evidence for atheism. Incidentally, nobody became an atheist.2
So when I flew down to Atlanta to interview him for this book, I was anxious to see how he'd respond to the challenges concerning the empty tomb of Jesus. He hadn't changed since I had seen him a few years earlier. With his close-cropped black beard, angular features, and riveting gaze, Craig still looks the role of a serious scholar. He speaks in cogent sentences, never losing his train of thought, always working through an answer methodically, point by point, fact by fact.
Yet he isn't a dry theologian. Craig has a refreshing enthusiasm for his work. His pale blue eyes dance as he weaves elaborate propositions and theories; he punctuates his sentences with hand gestures that beckon for understanding and agreement; his voice modulates from near giddiness over some arcane theological point that he finds fascinating to hushed sincerity as he ponders why some scholars resist the evidence that he finds so compelling.
In short, his mind is fully engaged, but so is his heart. When he talks about skeptics he has debated, it isn't with a smug or adversarial tone. He goes out of his way to mention their endearing qualities when he can - this one was a wonderful speaker, that one was charming over dinner.
In the subtleties of our conversation, I sensed that he isn't out to pummel opponents with his arguments; he's sincerely seeking to win over people who he believes matter to God. He seems genuinely perplexed why some people cannot, or will not, recognize the reality of the empty tomb.

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

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The Case for Christ Evangelism Pak 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Strobel does a good job of presenting the case for Christ. By interviewing various scholars ('expert witnesses'), he builds that case in the same way he would build a legal case to take to court. He anticipates each objection, each piece of countering evidence, that the opposing side might introduce, and he deals with these one by one. So far, so good. What's missing is the opposition's actual presence and participation. Since it's not Strobel's business as 'Christ's attorney' to make the other side's case - only to counter it - I suppose I'm not being fair, in one sense. Yet as a reader, and as a practicing Christian who lives in the real world every day, I was disappointed nevertheless. A one-sided debate is far less useful (and far less convincing, really) than a debate that engages both sides of the question.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He placed WAAAY too much significance on eye-witness testimony. Especially as we've seen many times in the modern era, eye-witness testimony is practically hearsay. He also jumped to conclusions on many historical points. Also, I like how his "Unbiased" interview subjects are almost, if not all, devout Christians. If you're a Christian, you'll like this book. If you're not, then don't expect anything very interesting. This book won't convert a non-believer unless they are desperately seeking the devine. Maybe he should do an anniversary edition covering the oldest bible on record, and it's complete lack of a resurrection. Talk about a plot hole.
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TJV93 More than 1 year ago
I rated this book a 5 star because of the way Lee Strobel gets to the point with each of the people he interviews.He interviews various scholars from all around to get their views on christ and they are backed up with stories from the new testament. Strobel was an investigator for the Chicago Tribune and he treats each interview as if he's finding the facts and evidence to write an article. This book has really opened my eyes to the faith of Jesus Christ.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I rated this work of Lee Strobel's a 5 because of his outstanding investigative work. He is an ex-reporter and it really shows in the way he gets to the facts. His treatment of tough, often technical, material is excellent and he makes the information readily understandable. His interviews with experts ranging from archaeologists to ancient manuscript experts are enthralling and are worth the price of the book, even without the conclusions Strobel draws from his material. An excellent read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate this title 5 star because of the great intellectual evidence. Though it only includes evidence for Christ it is meant to be for atheists and nonbelievers who already posess some of these arguments. Mr. Stroebel only wanted to construct Jesus' case and that is what he did. I am only rating this book on it's author's intended meaning. This seems sensible to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across Lee Strobel¿s books early on in my quest for the truth. Armed with a master¿s degree from Yale, Strobel was a hardened investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune when he set out to prove his wife¿s newfound Christianity a crock. But as this book explains, his investigations led him to the opposite conclusion. Me, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book states great arguments for the deity of Christ successfully combatting many popular atheist arguments. The style of the book is easy to read and the concepts are presented in an easy to understand manner. Strobel also points out books to read that discuss the contents of each chapter in greater detail. It is important to note that he wrote the book some years after his conversion and retirement from journalism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The premise of this book is that the author is a journalist and is searching for answers about Christianity as if he were invesigating a story. The only problem is...he only consults sources who are Christians. Hmm...don't REAL journalists try to get multiple sides of the same story? Mr. Strobel would have you believe he is a hard-hitting journalist. What a joke!!!!! Explore all sides, then draw your own intelligent conclusions.