New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel trains his investigative sights on the hot-button issue of whether it’s credible to believe God intervenes supernaturally in people’s lives today.
This provocative book starts with an unlikely interview in which America’s foremost skeptic builds a seemingly persuasive case against the miraculous. But then Strobel travels the country to quiz scholars to see whether they can offer solid answers to atheist objections. Along the way, he encounters astounding accounts of healings and other phenomena that simply cannot be explained away by naturalistic causes. The book features the results of exclusive new scientific polling that shows miracle accounts are much more common than people think.
What’s more, Strobel delves into the most controversial question of all: what about miracles that don’t happen? If God can intervene in the world, why doesn’t he do it more often to relieve suffering? Many American Christians are embarrassed by the supernatural, not wanting to look odd or extreme to their neighbors. Yet, The Case for Miracles shows not only that the miraculous is possible, but that God still does intervene in our world in awe-inspiring ways. Here’s a unique book that examines all sides of this issue and comes away with a passionate defense for God’s divine action in lives today.
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About 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 Christ Devotional, The Case for Christianity Answer book, 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
Table of Contents
Introduction: Investigating the Miraculous 15
Part 1 The Case against Miracles
An Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer
Chapter 1 The Making of a Skeptic 35
Chapter 2 The Knockdown Argument 47
Chapter 3 Myths and Miracles 57
Part 2 The Case for Miracles
An Interview with Dr. Craig S. Keener
Chapter 4 From Skepticism to Belief 73
Chapter 5 From Hume to Jesus 83
Chapter 6 A Tide of Miracles 95
Part 3 Science, Dreams, and Visions
Chapter 7 The Science of Miracles 121
An Interview with Dr. Candy Gunther Brown
Chapter 8 Dreams and Visions 139
An Interview with Tom Doyle
Part 4 The Most Spectacular Miracles
Chapter 9 The Astonishing Miracle of Creation 163
An Interview with Dr. Michael G. Strauss
Chapter 10 Our Miraculous Universe and Planet 175
An Interview with Dr. Michael G. Strauss
Chapter 11 The Miracle of the Resurrection 189
An Interview with Detective J. Warner Wallace
Part 5 Difficulties with Miracles
Chapter 12 Embarrassed by the Supernatural 213
An Interview with Dr. Roger E. Olson
Chapter 13 When Miracles Don't Happen 235
An Interview with Dr. Douglas R. Groothuis
Conclusion: Reaching Your Verdict 255
Meet Lee Strobel 269
Recommended Resources for Further Investigation 271
Guide for Group Discussion and Personal Reflection 275
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is an eye opener for today's world. If you follow closely the investigative path followed by the author, you will come to the same conclusion. Miracles are real. Jesus Christ is real and is the ONLY way to Heaven.
The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural is excellent reading. Lee Stroebel thoroughly researches miracles and the conclusion has to be be that God is still active in the world doing miracles revealing his great love and care.
In this book, “The Case for Miracles” author Lee Strobel takes a look at miracles. Are they the work of God, the creator? Or are they merely coincidences, spontaneous remissions, fleeting moments of seeming recovery, or even worse, the work of charlatans. Mr. Strobel’s investigation is what one would expect from a good and hard-hitting journalist. While he is now a Christian, he once was a committed atheist and skeptic. Because of that and his experience of years as a journalist, the tone and style of the book is uncommitted and leaves the reader to decide for themselves. For me, the evidence was overwhelming. As I read through Mr. Stroble’s interview with noted skeptic, Dr. Michael Shermer, I noted that the Dr. Shermer’s viewpoint was favorably portrayed and explained well. If one were on the fence and stopped reading after that first chapter, you would walk away without a belief in miracles. As I am a Christian, I read further and found that chapter and chapter, case after case presented a portrait of a loving God. The miracles included reach beyond those that are physical healings. The most important miracle of all is covered in depth. That is the death and resurrection of Jesus. I was aware of some of the historical background surrounding this momentous event but was very happy to add read of more supporting information. In the end, do I believe in miracles? Yes, I do. Have I had a miracle in my life? Yes, I have. That I am alive today can be attributed to a number of miracles, not the least of which was having second and third degree burns over much of my body at age 2. Not only did I live, I don’t have a single scar. However, God doesn’t always provide a miracle. I watched my struggled with leukemia, thought we had a cure in a bone marrow transplant and then watched him die from a simple yeast infection. There is a chapter in this book which deals with when a miracle doesn’t happen. So, undoubtedly, because of my own personal experiences,I was biased in one direction as I read through the book. Some, like me, will believe and others will not. Some will be seeking with an open mind. I think that the arguments in the book as well as the study guides at the end, will be a valuable resource for those individuals. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.
Lee Strobel’s books are always well-researched. Being an investigative journalist, he knows how to look at a subject from all angles. He knows the right questions to ask. He’s respectful and never antagonist toward those he interview on both sides of a subject. He knows how to take a complex subject and share it with in a readable manner, yet never “dumbing it down” to achieve that readability. This book is fascinating reading. I appreciated the fact that he addresses that there have been prayers that were answered and miracles occurred, but that there are also times when prayers were sent heavenward and miracles did not happen. This is a challenging, encouraging faith-building book. You’ll be glad you read it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion about the book. I was not required to give a positive review.