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The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Cases for Christianity)

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Using the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads, Strobel uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to interview experts about the evidence for C
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Zondrvan Publishing House (first published 1988)
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Jun 07, 2007 Ancient rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People not looking for real answers, Christians who really don't want to challenge their beliefs
Shelves: religion, f-this-crap
Rated 1 star for false advertising, poor journalism, poor investigation, poor argumentation, and poor scholarship.

There's not enough room here to critique all the specifics of this book, so I'll get right to the heart of things (if you're interested in a more detailed critique, check out Robert M. Price's excellent The Case Against the Case for Christ. Or check out the review at

At the beginning of The Case for Christ Strobel presents himself as a journalist and a former athe
Sep 26, 2011 Malcolm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As with any religious book, objectivity is impossible (since religion, by loose definition, is subjective experience of that which is unproven); so here's my subjective opinion as a Christian.

If you are a non-believer, you're going to fall into one of three general groups: atheists, agnostics, and seekers (and that fourth most special group made up of all the people who just refuse to be grouped by a small-minded Christian, dammit :) ).

If you are actually a member of that fourth g
Jul 26, 2008 Brooke rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
My review for this book and The Case For Faith are the same, since I read them at the same time five years ago and can't remember which topics were in which books. I managed to forget I ever read them, and only when I saw them on this site did remember.

These books were given to me by a guy I was dating at the time who decided I'd only be an acceptable wife if I converted to Christianity (I'm currently single, if you're wondering how well that went over). It's a shame he chose these books as hi
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Mar 27, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has questions about the faith of Christianity and the person of Jesus Christ
This review is probably not as well-crafted as I would have hoped, since I am very swamped right now, and unable to do better. However, I wanted to write my thoughts on the book to the best of my ability as soon after I finished the audio version as possible so I wouldn't forget too much. I hope to reread it and analyze it more at a later date.

When I finished this book, I felt that Mr. Strobel tackled the tough questions about Christ that one might ask if they were skeptical about the faith and
Jan 29, 2008 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This book will not persuade anyone who doesn't believe in his heart already.

Strobel claims to have been a serious skeptic about Jesus and to have done these interviews in the style of a serious journalist in order to decide for himself whether Christians are right.

I don't believe him. As an actual skeptic who is very familiar with the Bible, I find that Strobel consistently avoids the obvious problems with the arguments put forward. He interviews only Christians and blindly accepts everything t
Sep 18, 2007 Joanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
The Case for Christ is a collection of interviews that retraces journalist Lee Strobel's journey from skepticism to faith. Not content to merely take someone's word for it, Strobel used his journalism and law training to track down and agressively interview experts on Christ and the Christian faith. Because Strobel is willing to ask taboo questions and attempts to poke irreparable holes in his own faith, the answers he finds from various professors and clergy are both compelling and intellectu ...more
Apr 21, 2008 Jeremiah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is quite possibly the most readable and engaging book to ever hit the field of apologetics; I recommend it to every Christian. The book chronicles Strobel's inquisitive journey as he questions some of the most astute thinkers alive today about some of the most pressing questions a Christian can ask. Read it for no other reason than to ground yourself more deeply in the True faith, to stand strong and to live a life of bold confidence.

P.S. Buy and watch the DVD (by the same title) that
Apr 05, 2008 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Case for Christ records Lee Strobel's attempt to "determine if there's credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God." The book consists primarily of interviews between Strobel (a former legal editor at the Chicago Tribune) and biblical scholars such as Bruce Metzger. Each interview is based on a simple question, concerning historical evidence (for example, "Can the Biographies of Jesus Be Trusted?"), scientific evidence, ("Does Archaeology Confirm or Contradict J
Mark Conwell
Dec 10, 2007 Mark Conwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book thoroughly investigates Jesus claim of being the one and only son of God. Lee Strobel took the time to seek out and question scholars who provide overwhelming evidence for Jesus as the Messiah. I have seen several criticisms of this book that say Lee did not talk to scholars who refute Jesus life, death, and resurrection. However, as a former atheist Lee gives due attention to the opposite side of the argument. As a Christian, I would recommend this book to anyone and challenge people ...more
Feb 22, 2008 Yvonne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne by: LuAnn
Although this is not on the 'approved' LDS missionary library, I read it anyway because of friend of mine asked me to. It was very interesting to see the archeological and historical proof that Strobel had for the life of Jesus Christ. It was also good to understand what kind of proof many Evangelicals want to see before they accept the Book of Mormon as true. However, just because there is historical or archeological evidence supporting the existence of Jesus Christ doesn't prove that he is the ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Kerrie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I pretty much agree with everything Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have to say on the subject of religion (with a few exceptions), but I'm not about to limit my reading material to what fits my worldview. I'm entirely open to reading religious material and see what it has to say. This book was put into my hands by a Christian who said it proved beyond a doubt that Christ existed, was resurrected, and therefore Christianity/God/salvation was real. This story has obviously convinced bill ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is a great read because it is not one-sided. Lee Strobel is a former journalist and legal editor of the Chicago Tribune. He uses his skill in research to provide a book that explores the claims of Christianity. I like that Strobel writes almost in a detective-style format, he offers challenges, interrogates witnesses, challenges his sources, and presents the evidence in a blunt and organized manner. He examines the evidence with neutrality and attention to detail. It is refreshing to read a
Dec 04, 2010 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really guys, what are you disputing? Facts are facts. I was not an atheist, but have done great study on the reliability of the manuscripts of the New Testament. I have also debated in a liberal seminary with professors and scholars which I attended. Their arguments were blowing in the wind. There is NO reason to believe that Jesus was not who He was reported to be. Although I do not know Lee Strobel, he seems to have put forth a reasonable and well researched argument. Is it not liberals that a ...more
Daniel Lundgren
Mar 19, 2008 Daniel Lundgren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book at the time. It was reassuring to have something so concrete in high school. While I think it was helpful at the time, I find myself not needing it as much at this stage of my life. Hopefully this is because I have moved past the need for an intellectual defense of my faith towards a discipleship under the lordship of Christ based upon who he is as seen in scripture and through the experience of Christians throughout the ages. Ultimately, I think this is a book for Chris ...more

This book was great. My fiance is really into apologetics (defending christianity), and is a fan of Josh McDowell so this was my first book into this topic so I thought it would be interesting to compare this author to McDowell.

Lee Strobel is a former athiest who on finishing this book became a Christian. He was and is an award winning legal journalist for the Chicago Times and has a fantastic resume/experience in journalism and law (from Harvard).

So when his wife becomes a Christian and he noti
Nov 21, 2010 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-a-copy
I agree with the review on the book's back cover which says-" Author Lee Strobel is an award winning journalist at The Chicago Tribune. He received his Master's of
Studies in Law Degree from Yale Law School. This is a book about a seasoned journalist who was a spiritual
skeptic of one of the Biggest Stories In History - He investigates in this book the question-
"Is there credible-evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from Atheism to Faith-
Another book that I had high hopes for that didn't deliver. In fact, I think I have less faith in Christ for having read this book.

Lee Strobel is a journalist who converted to Christianity from Atheism and now makes millions of dollars selling 'The Case For..XXX" books. This book supposedly details his journey from skeptic to believer in which he interviews several different experts on topics related to Christ.

His conclusions are transparent from the outset and I found the scholarship and logi
Angela Watts
Aug 11, 2016 Angela Watts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity-etc
Great book. I'm sick right now so I can't give much of a review but... Probably will give one later (and fix my review for the other book, Case For Creator...)
Nov 28, 2008 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one, except as an exercise in recognizing poor logic.
Welcome to The Case for Christ, an investigation into the Christian faith with all the intellectual rigor of a teen study Bible. Join Lee Strobel as he examines the evidence from all sides by interviewing theologically conservative male Christians. You'll be astonished by the pronouncements of scholars who don't cite their sources, who appeal to proof-by-martyrdom, who regard early church creeds as evidence of historical events, and and who think first-century Jews believed in Hell. Please keep ...more
I read this years back and admired its systematic and reasoned examination of questions surrounding Christ. Read it again in 2016 and loved it even more. It's thorough, direct, comprehensive, organized, and unapologetic. Would recommend to any non-Christian looking to learn more, or any Christian looking to strengthen their faith and confidence.
Jun 26, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As is always the case with Lee Strobel books, the big problem with THE CASE FOR CHRIST is that it's written by Lee Strobel. Lee Strobel used to work as a journalist for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and was also trained as a trial lawyer--a background which he's inordinately proud of and can't help referencing nearly every other page or so, beginning with the front cover. His background is the main angle for the book's marketing strategy and is largely responsible for making him a best-selling author. Ir ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Josh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is no wonder that Christians need primarily to witness to converts because you'd have to be incredibly stupid and/or deluded to think that anecdotes constitute data.

I was challenged by a Christian to read the Case for Christ because I was allegedly making claims that have been refuted in this book as well as in its companion, "The Case for Faith" by the same author. It is hard to decide where to begin. First of all, I did not find one shred of real evidence in favor of Christianity, but that
May 30, 2011 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: church-book-club
It was interesting to read others' reviews of this book before writing my own. Of the (only) three one-star reviews I read, I think each person missed the point and, frankly, had expectations that were too high for the book. So, the most helpful review in this forum is to say that this book is, in fact, as advertised -- it is ONE MAN's review of information that led him to Christ [the sub-title makes this clear]. Strobel tells us that he researched the existence of Jesus Christ in 1981; this boo ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Good book. Some might say a bit sensational but then we may not have been where the writer has. I have given away several as gifts.

One of the objections I've read to this book is that the author tries to give "comprehensive" answers to "all" questions about Christianity. All groups of Christians don't agree on all these things. Still He's only attempting to give a perspective on them that makes sense to him and can to others. It's sort of the best anyone can do, lay out the best argument they ca
Skylar Burris
The author compares his investigation of the evidence for Christianity to his investigation of evidence for a legal case when he worked as a lawyer. While I appreciate the point he is making, this constant method of comparison becomes a bit tedious; as a reader, I just want to get on with the apologetics. His interview style is likewise wearying. While he's telling me what professor this or that is doing with his pipe before answering his question, I just want to say, "Get to the point." The int ...more
Oct 04, 2013 Mex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, crap, fiction
I have often been told by Christians to read this book for all the answers about why I should become a Christian. I got the book some time ago but never quite got around to finding time to read it until now.

I am honestly staggered by how poor this book is, it's nothing but wall to wall straw men, special pleading, and quite frankly out and out lies. An example of the lies is the author claims he 'found' Christ while writing this book, then later says he was 'totally won over' by arguments from W
Mr. Brammer
Jan 21, 2014 Mr. Brammer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Admittedly, there was very little chance that this book was going to change my skeptical worldview. I think a lot of people cross a threshold of inquiry from which it is impossible to return. Regardless of what Strobel writes in this book, it is clear that he wanted a change in his life, and he only interviewed apologists that would grease his path to faith. To use his somewhat tortured analogy of building a legal case, it is a bit like a trial in which only the prosecution was allowed to presen ...more
Grace Le Fay
May 29, 2010 Grace Le Fay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Lee Strobel, a Yale-educated journalist and once-atheist, lays out the historical reasoning that led him to become a Christian. This book caught my eye in Koorong because it was cheap, had a plain cover, boring typeface, and basically seemed un-flashy and down-to-earth. Nevertheless it took me a good few months to start reading it. I shouldn’t have put it off – it’s a worthwhile read. There’s so much indisputable historical evidence – stuff that even sceptics admit must be true – about Jesus tha ...more
Dec 12, 2007 Craig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is not very well written both in terms of the writing itself and in being unconvincing. The author interviews several conservative scholars about many of the common challenges to the Bible and Christian theology and gets their responses. No problem there. The trouble is that the author tries to pretend he is this hard hitting journalist who doesn't pull any punches and rattles his subjects with bull-dog like tenacity and... you get the picture. Well the reality is that he is none of th ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jesus
The premise of this book is straightforward: a journalist sets out to put the basis of Christian beliefs to the test to evaluate its validity. Mr. Strobel had had years of investigative journalist experience on his side, along with a law degree, and a long-time repulsion to all things Christian. That changed when his wife converted to Christianity. At first dreading the change and the effects it might bring his way, he soon noticed that she was becoming a much happier, more loving person, and th ...more
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Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952) is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005) and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity. Strobel also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV, and runs a vid ...more
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  • The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
  • The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ
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