The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
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The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

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Lee Strobel investigates the latest scientific discoveries to see whether they form a solid basis for believing in God.
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Published May 18th 2009 by Zondervan (first published March 16th 2004)
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AJ Lindell
Lee Strobel starts this book by telling the readers about his prior atheism, and his wife's conversion to Christianity was his impetus to discern the 'truth' behind the scientific evidence for or against a divine Creator.

This is fine, and I wouldn't mind this book if that is what he actually did. Instead he 'interviews' only those who support the divine creator hypothesis, and all of his questions are ones that he knows his interviewee already has an answer for. (Assuming he did any research be...more
Excellent in the discussion of its subject matter especially in the light of various scientific disciplines, such as Biology, Palaeontology, Physics, Astronomy, Cosmology, Biochemistry and Neuroscience. This might make it a better introductory read than a lot of the recent Intelligent Design books since they discuss ID mainly from the point of view of Biology.

The author interviews big names in the ID movement such as Stephen C. Meyer, Jonathan Wells and Michael J. Behe, as well as other scientis...more
Paul Chilson
I highly recommend this book for anyone with a scientific background. I studied Physics and Math at CU Boulder, and went from a Christian, to an Atheist, to an Agnostic, and then back to a Christian. This was actually good for my faith, but there were still lots of nagging doubts around science and God. This book helped tremendously. I’d like to briefly mention 3 items that really spoke to me.

The Big Bang
For some reason, people seem to think that the Big Bang theory contradicts the Bible. The t...more
Good book. Intense read, reader should probably have some science background or at least be interested in science-related topics in order to fully enjoy. Basically it's an "investigative" book that explores the existence of God from a scientific perspective - i.e. Creationism vs. Darwinism; intelligent design vs. evolution. Lays out many very good points that makes you consider the FACTS of both evolution and creationism.
The real value of this book, in my opinion, is that it gives you a tremend...more
John Martindale
I feel the book could be summed up by this quote towards the end of this book "If I was to embrace Darwinism and its underlying premise, I would have to believe nothing produces everything, that non-life produces life, that randomness produces fine tuning, that chaos produces information, that non-consciousness produces consciousness & that non-reason produces reason" And for him that would take way more of a leap of faith then to believe in a creator.

Hardcore naturalist might as well not ev...more
Many of the arguments in this book do provoke uncertainty and mystery, but that does not necessarily provide evidence for me in supernatural explanations such as God, let alone a Christian god. I found that Strobel interviews "experts" that do not always hold degrees in the fields they are being interviewed about, such as the his interview with Moreland about consciousness. Also, many of his "experts" hold minority views in their respective fields. Overall, this book benefit from a more balanced...more
For several years in Reno, I taught a class called "Science and the Restoration." Strobel's book is a series of interviews with scientists who's work (in biology, genetics, cosmology, astronomy, physics, etc.) has strengthened their belief in an Intelligent Creator. Almost every one of these interviews is with a scientist who's works I read in developing my class! So I really didn't learn any new from Strobel's book, although it was a good refresher. Not all of his points match my personal theo...more
Wayne S.
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 Strob...more
This is a staggeringly heavy read for an author and former journalist who has made so many other topics accessible to the average reader. Like his previous books that examined the evidence for the Biblical Christ and philosophical arguments for faith, this book examines the overwhelming evidence that points away from Darwinism to Intelligent Design. Though I was familiar with some of the evidence having read Michael Behe's "Darwin's Black Box" and seen some Intelligent Design documentaries, Mr....more
Hien Le
"It's pure a concept, an idea, without scientific proof [...]. skeptics have to come up with such an outlandish theory is because [...] some people will hypothesize anything to avoid reaching that conclusion."

The above is actually an out-of-context quote from this book that argues *for* the case of an intelligent designer. It's hard to tell at times if this is supposed to be ironically tongue-in-cheek.

I was hoping this would be good rebuttal to Dawkin's "The God Delusion" but this book doesn't e...more
I had an open mind about this book before reading, but for me, nothing new has really been brought to the table here. People looking for an objective examination of evolution vs. creationism may have to look elsewhere; almost all of the interviews are with intelligent-design believers.

I wouldn't like to doubt the man's sincerity, but it is hard not to at times in this book. The "skeptical" challenges Strobel puts to the various ID-ers really are very weak. There is an implication that if the su...more
Nov 26, 2008 Cynthia is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
There IS a God-HE is alive!
This book gives a pretty good overview of recent arguments for Intelligent Design. Some of the experts that Strobel interviews were familiar to me--partly because I was introduced to a couple of them through books like THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO DARWINISM AND INTELLIGENT DESIGN and DARWIN'S BLACK BOX, and partly because Strobel tends to re-interview a lot of the same people he already consulted with on previous books. Once again, Strobel turns the whole "case" into a mistrial by deciding...more
Before I write my review, I think it's necessary to state a little about myself. Growing up in school, I had no internal conflicts with science and faith. When I got to college, my natural sciences professor with his anti-Christian attitude all but shoved me in the direction of intelligent design (which, ironically, I had never heard of prior to taking his class). I remained that way for about two years before I again accepted evolution as a valid theory. That being said, reading this book did n...more
"Of course, every house is constructed by someone, but he that constructed all things is God." (Hebrews 3:4)

Do you agree with the logic of this Bible writer? Mankind has experienced some 2,000 years of scientific advancement since that verse was penned. Many scientists identified in Strobel's book believe in God. There is still the common perception, though, that belief in God and the supernatural is incompatible with good science.

Reading Strobel's book is eye-opening, especially for anyone ke...more
Sam Hall
I would recommend most to read this through themselves, as it would seem impossible for me to regurgitate the information it contains in a single discussion or conversation.

Although I felt most of the book insisted upon itself, it brought up several distinguished and irrefutable topics: Evidence of God through Biochemistry and Biological Information in DNA, as well as Cosmology as defined by the "kalam" philosophical argument.

The book leaves you questioning yourself as much as God and the univer...more
Feb 18, 2014 khalid marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
يقول الشيخ سلطان العميري:

كتاب " القضية... الخالق" مؤلفه : لي ستروبل

هو من أفضل الكتب التي ناقشت الإلحاد المعاصر بطريقة علمية احترافية .

وهو في نظري من أثرى البحوث التي تناولت أصول ومنطلقات التيار الإلحادي المعاصرة .

تقوم فكرة الكتاب على حوارات مطولة مع علماء مختصين في عدد من المجالات العلمية , كعلم البيولوجيا وعلم الفلك وعلم الكيمياء .

وكان مؤلفه في أول أمره ملحدا , ثم ترك الإلحاد ورجع إلى الإيمان , بل رجع إلى المسيحية .

وقد تجمعت لديه أسئلة وإشكالات كثيرة في علوم شتى التي يقوم عليها الإلحاد المعاصر...more
Corey Svrcina
In Lee Strobel's "A Case for a Creator," Strobel investigates the origins and reasoning behind an all knowing, all powerful creator of the universe. Lee interviews many scientists across the country to find his answers and finds out that many of the evolutionary theory's facts are actually false. "A Case for a Creator," takes you on a journey that will make you think and strengthen your faith in God.

"In other cases he doctored the drawings to make them look more similar than they really are. At...more
This entire book is a practice in anti-intellectualism and deceit.

This book makes me sooooo angry. I used to be Chirstian, am now an atheist, and was really excited when a friend lent me this book. My love of science is what led me to turn away from religion, and I was really curious as to what scientific evidence there was that possibly led to different conclusions about the nature of the universe.

This book is the very antithesis of intellectualism and critical analysis. The author goes to gre...more
Benjamin Thompson
As far as evidence for God is concerned, Strobel gives about the weakest case someone could give. He tries to argue for intelligent design, a view which is universally rejected among mainstream biologists, and for good reason. For some reasons why visit my blog at

Strobel also goes into the argument from fine tuning, but does so from a bad angle. He points to facts such as that the moon stabilizes the Earth's tilt allowing us to enjoy tame weather. Such facts do litt...more
One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Science done right points to God." This book discusses many scientific topics from the beginning of the universe, to Darwins theory of Evolution, to molecular biology and DNA to the human consciousness and uses it to create the case that scientific evidence points to a creator and that everything did not and could not have happened by naturalistic random chaotic chance.

Take the universe for example: Science by definition is the systematic knowledge of...more
Kevin Bessey
The title should have been "The Case for Intelligent Design". I really enjoy apologetic reads and am quite aware of the ID movement; however I didn't know that Strobel's book was ID in disguise, which didn't disappoint or stop me from finishing the book.

Overall, I think the ID movement has been quite aggressive in trying to work their way into the classrooms, almost as 'cloaked creationism.' I have to say that my only complaint with ID is that they refuse to call it for what it is: the scientifi...more
May 13, 2008 Andy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
I was floored! This was an amazing book! I was expecting religious arguments but instead it's almost entirely cutting edge scientific and philisophical argument!
Taking a philosophy class, and theology being the next subject, I decided to pick this up. Thankfully my professor is pretty objective about teaching philosophy, so I've come to love it as the tool it is. This was perfect! I have a paper to do on a controversial subject and there's nothing like opposing macro-evolution to raise a few e...more
And absolute must read for those who have an interest in the so-called religion vs science debate. Strobel's talent as a journalist is evident in his ability to make what is scientifically technical book come to life and be accessible to the reader. Systematically addressing the issue of the origins of the universe in the fields of Physics, Biochemistry, Cosmology, Astronomy etc, Strobel illustrates that rather than disprove the existence of an intelligent designer over the past 150 years, scien...more
Brett Tompkins
Sep 05, 2008 Brett Tompkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone searching for logical and verifyible arguements for the existence of God.
This book used logic and deductive reasoning to make a strong case for intelligent design vs. evolution. Not being one to put all my stock into one point of view, I also read a book on evolution. They both have very valid points, and I don't deny evolution's principle of survival of the fittest, and how over time it can actually cause organisms to 'evolve' to their environment, however the Case for a Creator is much more believable as far as the beginnings of life and organisms. Don't take it fr...more
Cinnamon Wolfe
Your worldview will absolutely affect your opinion of this book. If you have a formulated and steady worldview that you feel comfortable with, I doubt any book that would try to convince you of another view will be successful.
However, if you are still in the process of formulating thoughts and ideas about what "all of this" means, why we are here, what is the purpose of life, is there meaning to any of it and if so, what is that meaning? Well then, this might be a book of interest to you.
As ma...more
Joshua Hedlund
Revisiting this book about a decade after its publishing, I was pleasantly surprised to find well-crafted arguments that included good responses to many counter-arguments I've come across since then that I was afraid would be unaddressed. The evolutionary critiques, while useful enough for what they cover, would likely be considered irrelevant by opponents. However, the cosmological portions were fascinating, strengthening the anthropic principle against some of the whittlings I've run into over...more
Bret James Stewart
This is a great book. Strobel provides scientific evidence for Intelligent Design. The book is laid out well. It begins with evidence refuting Darwinian evolution and naturalism, showing how and why what we were taught in school was wrong. And he does so from a scientific standpoint. In my opinion, Darwinian evolution is fundamentally and obviously flawed so that most people with an open mind would refute it. For those who aren't sure, Strobel provides the answers in his chapter, "Doubts about D...more
Fascinating exposé on the fallacy of Darwinism! There is so much scientific information packed into this volume, it can seem daunting at times. Astrophysics, irreducible complexity, and Ockham's razor are just a few of the terms which open up whole new worlds of understanding. For those who are confused (and perhaps confronted) by atheistic arguments, this information will provide clarification.
Lee Strobel starts the book introducing himself as an atheist, an award winning journalist, etc., then to his dismay his wife becomes a Christian. In the process of investigating the claims of his wife's faith, he converts. Now he writes these books. This is the first I've read, The Case for a Creator, in which he claims to use his journalism skills to uncover the truth wherever the evidence leads.

First, what he says he sets out to do doesn't match what he does. "Does the latest scientific evide...more
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