The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
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The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

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This eagerly anticipated sequel to Lee Strobel's best-selling The Case for Christ finds the author investigating the nettlesome issues and doubts of the heart that threaten faith. Eight major topics are addressed including doubt, the problem of pain, and the existence of evil.
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Published May 18th 2009 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2000)
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Ancient
Jan 25, 2012 Ancient rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians who only want to be told what they want to hear
Shelves: f-this-crap, religion
Rated 1 star for false advertising, unsatisfactory answers given.

Here we have another spin-off for Strobel the self-proclaimed "former atheist," "skeptic," and "journalist." In brief, Strobel goes on a quest to find answers for "the toughest questions that stand between people and faith in Christianity." What's funny is that Strobel thinks (or pretends to think) that he can actually "get to the bottom of this Christianity thing once and for all." Not only that, he thinks he can accomplish this m...more
Peter
Perhaps a litmus test for one's attitude toward fundamental Christianity.

Good for those whose aim is to become or stay Christian, not so good for those without preconcieved notions.

The book makes no secret of the fact that its design is to aid persons who already desire to be Christians.

For example, the last chapter is dedicated to disputing "Obection #8: I Still Have Doubts, So I Can't Be A Christian".

And in Strobel's Ch. 2 interview with William Craig, Craig states, "You don't need to have all...more
stan
I tried to read this with an open mind, but the lack of any sort of rational argument is making this very difficult. This book should be renamed "The Case for Faith (if you already have plenty of it)". Maybe I was wrong in going into this book thinking it was justifications for everyone and not just those who already have faith. Because if you don't already have faith, this book makes zero valid points and just frustrates any analytical reader with non-existant logic, false sincerity and a lot o...more
Jamie
This book is so worth reading! Even better than The Case for Christ! Parts of it are really scientific and, for me, those were difficult to get through, but I was astounded by the quotes of the atheistists! I had no idea that they had such little fact on which to base their beliefs. I didn't know that so many physicists and biologists today are Christians simply because of the evidence in their studies that cannot be ignored. One part of the book that stuck with me was when someone said that whe...more
Laura
After breaking up with the guy with the different religion, and being devistated it made me really sit down and think about my faith one more time. I enjoyed this book because it didn't make me question it even more, but made me think... what else CAN I believe. This is the only thing that makes sense. And its ok to have questions still, but Faith is all that is needed.
Kathleen
A perfect book for the intellectual, the doubter and the inquisitive. Mind gripping answers to soul seeking questions.
Ben
Closed-minded atheists will not appreciate this work (or any other pro-God book) and will ultimately find ways to ridicule its content simply because they don't want to hear/believe any case for our Creator. For Christians and open-minded seekers of Jesus, this book will open your eyes and hearts to understand the objections to Christianity and offer valid, beneficial viewpoints to help answer them. I've been a Christian for nearly twenty years and I've had many doubts about my faith in the past...more
Elliot
Don't let the single star fool you: I think I might love Lee Strobel.

I first knew it when I nearly spit out my drink in laughter during a scene in his film The Case for Christ, a short documentary adaptation of his book by the same name, where he explains that he, supposedly an atheist, was so angered by the undeniable proof of the infallibility of the Gospels that he kicked down a door. Strobel has no problem stretching the truth when he describes himself with such terms as "skeptic" and "inves...more
Bob
If you know anything about logical fallacies, stay away lest your head explode on page three. If not for your own sake, then for the person who gets stuck cleaning chunks of skull and gray matter from the ceiling of your bathroom.
Brian
It starts with 'You ask too many questions and you think too much' then gets worse from there. It presumes that the reader believes the Jesus mythology then goes ahead and uses quotes from the bible, in a circular logic, to support the claims of...wait for it...the bible. I went along with the premise of assuming Jesus to be real, but it really didn't help.

From one chapter to the next the author fails to keep his arguments coherent. In one chapter God is hidden, then in the next a problematic sc...more
Carly
I somehow had the urge, on Christmas day, no less, to review this... maybe as explanation for why I'm not sitting in church right now... a "bah, humbug" review, I suppose. I used to identify as Christian. I read this book. I'm now agnostic. Obviously, losing faith isn't that simple, correlation doesn't imply causation, and this book may be great for some people, but I want to add my reaction because I'm concerned for anyone who reads this book while troubled about their faith...it may be a reall...more
Rhonnie
I love this book. Strobel asks tough questions and makes a great case for a lot of the struggles people have with a loving God and His people. I have found that rabid atheists get angry by this book, thinking he wrote it to prove faith without a shadow of a doubt. He doesn't claim to do that and he doesn't claim the case to be closed. But he takes an open-minded look at many people's "toughest objections." It's up to the reader to make their decision, just like it's up to every soul to make it's...more
Holly
Extremely readable (compared to Lewis and Mere Christianity) and compelling. With chapter titles like: "Since Evil and Suffering Exist, a Loving God Cannot" "It's Offensive to Claim Jesus is the Only Way to God" " A Loving God Would Never Torture People in Hell" and more...these are all topics Lewis covers in Mere Christianity but what is different about Strobel is that he searches for answers with people specializing in certain topics...Strobel is a man with questions and seeks out the most int...more
Steve Casey
Very rational arguments presented. Chapter 2 is excellent. Chapter 3 is fascinating. Try to win this debate against the facts he and leading scholars and scientists present.
Jacqueline
Feb 08, 2011 Jacqueline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who struggle with faith, and those that do not.
Recommended to Jacqueline by: My mom
The eight toughest questions and objections against Christianity? Answered.

1. If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering?
2. If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they're true?
3. If God really created the universe, why does the persuasive evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
4. If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter o...more
John
This is a very interesting book, though I would certainly agree with those who say it's misleadingly advertised. As a former journalist, lawyer, and devout atheist, author Lee Strobel makes much of his unique qualifications for compiling this work; however, he lets the reader down on every count. As a piece of journalism, the book is a joke. Strobel knows from the outset what kind of answers he is looking for, and he chooses beforehand the kind of experts who will best support the conclusion he...more
Deb
as in his other books, strobel tackles some of the tough objections to the christian religion--this time objections that would lead to a lack of faith. these include the problems of human suffering and human evolution. strobel does this by talking to people, he interviews christian authorities on these matters and then shares his refections. it might not convince anyone who isn't already convinced, but it does offer a personal approach to intellectual problems which at least helps make the book...more
Megan
I give this four stars...but I am already a Christian. I do feel it answered some of my questions and doubts, but I have no idea how an atheist would take to it. Obviously it's meant to bring people to God and since I have the advantage of already "knowing" God, I can't confidently give it 5 stars. I would be curious to know what further holes, if any, an atheist would poke into the case.

Same goes for the science section. To me, it made sense. But I am quite limited in my knowledge of science. I...more
Chris Kelly
I almost never question another person's faith or lack thereof, but this book is such a deceitful and dishonest addition to the larger discussion on issues of belief and non-belief that I was angry through most of it. I read it in conjunction with Dawkins The God Delusion - neither of which fully represents my own take on things - and if the books are in any kind of dialogue or debate, Dawkins flawed book smashes Strobel to pieces.

Lee Strobe, a former journalist who dealt mainly with legal issue...more
Hayden
Now, the reason I even gave Strobel a star is because of the few particles of wisdom that I scavenged from the plethora of waste that I scoured through while reading this biased, pre-disposed, and less than skeptical investigation. I have to read Strobel in school for science class (I attend a faith school), more specifically, The Case for a Creator; it is dreadful. First, his pompous and theatrical rhetoric at the auspice of each and every chapter is the same--he says, "What a doubt, what a do...more
Lynne Stringer
In looking through the goodreads reviews for this book, it seems the ones who gave it a high rating are Christians, and the ones who gave it a low rating are not Christians.
No prizes for guessing which side I'm on!
Let me just say at the outset that no book of this type is ever going to be exhaustive. Expecting any of Strobel's books to cover every point of contention is unrealistic. Imagine how big it would be if it did that! Also, it is called The Case FOR Faith, not the case against it, so of...more
Jackie
I read "The Case for Christ" for a class in college and absolutely loved it. So, of course, I felt compelled to ask for "The Case for Faith" for Christmas. Much like "The Case for Christ" this book is straight forward and well-written. While I didn't agree with everything, especially when it came to the theology on an eternal hell, I really appreciated the thoughts of the individuals Strobel interviewed. Several times I found myself having an "Oh, wow, what a fantastic point!" moment. I do have...more
M. L. Wilson
This book gets absolutely no stars from me and I will explain why.

I went into this book with the greatest hopes and wound up bitterly disappointed. Mr. Strobel (who claims to be an ace reporter. Hmm.) attaches far too much to the belief of Dr. Norman Geisler and fails to challenge him on the most basic biblical knowledge and church history. Most notably is an exchange between Strobel and Geisler that occurs in chapter 4. (I haven't time nor inclination to list the rest of my complaints with this...more
Bboom Bap
A book for the credulous and easily persuased.

The Case For [the Christian] Faith is one of the worst apologetic books ever to be published. It embarrassingly fails to present substantial scholarly refutations of some of the biggest and most challenging of Christian dilemma including the Historicity of Jesus, the genuiness of biblical texts and worst of all the possibility of a god, specifically the Judeo-Christian one and all its characteristics (and mind you the subtitle of the book is "A Jour...more
Patricia
Feb 07, 2013 Patricia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians and Jesus Seekers
In _the case for faith_, Strobel attempts to tackle the top 8 criticisms or objections to forging a Christian faith. He interviews eight scholars, who each hold prestigious appointments at reputable tier 1 to 3 schools, and have authored numerous publications--though many are through Christian presses. Each scholar is meant to be the credible voice on one of the eight objections.

Strobel employs a formulaic writing style, such that his chapters read rather similarly. The structure he uses: 1) beg...more
Ayame Sohma
Strobel simply cannot think critically when it comes to his religion. He demonstrates this in another of his books, "The Case for Christ," which I suppose is used to draw us to Christianity over Islam, Hindiusm or Buddhism. In a nutshell, Strobel brings forth New Testament historians. Wow. Why bring people with a vested interest and a well-established opinion to talk about historical figures? But I've digressed, onto the

1. Strobel interviews Peter Kreeft about the Problem of Evil/Suffering: Spec...more
Anna
I loved it. The book is thought-provoking and challenging for the believer and non-believer alike, and is well-written with an in-depth, pragmatic approach. Strobel goes through eight of the major "heart objections" that people have to Christianity and provides explanations from a wide variety of sources, none of whom shy away from the toughness of the issues. I have honestly felt strengthened and encouraged about the truth of what I believe by reading this; do any of us have all the answers, in...more
Tanya M Henderson
Very awesome book that really helped me in my search to know God better. Faith is a journey, not just a choice. It isn't a one time deal. It is meant to grow and deepen. This books helps a believer figure out the path to learn more.
Travis
I think this is a must read for people of all Christian faiths. There are some great insights as to how some of the biggest obstacles to us being Christian are misconceptions. I didn't care for the one paragraph that was not a fan of Mormonism, but to each his own. The rest of the book is so spiritual that it more than makes up for it. And I have to say, the section about Hell was so completely enlightening. I had NO IDEA what the real concept of the place was until I read that chapter. This boo...more
Lisa
This is a wonderfully written book by a former skeptic of Christianity. He interviews some incredible minds and asks them hard questions concerning the 8 major objections to Christianity. He includes his personal thoughts and struggles with each of the issues and is very insightful. I highly recommend this for anyone who is seriously investigating the truthfulness of the Bible and struggling with whether or not they can believe the things that Jesus said.
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