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 eyLee 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 that by the time you close the book you’ll be struggling to find a way to dispute Christ and the resurrection. I’m not saying the book is infallible – plenty of critics have a shot at Strobel’s drama-infused, non-neutral storytelling style, and I agree: I think the book could have been better without some of the theatrics. (Side note: the argument that Strobel only interviews Christian authorities seems hypocritical. Would an atheist author of an atheist book interview Christian experts?) But if you ignore all of that, you’re still left with a multitude of facts that you can’t hide from. The Jesus story is so deeply written into history that I’m left thinking you’d have to really want to twist the facts to deny the Christian truth. But as easy as it is for my mind to believe, I still have a sceptical heart and I’m waiting for that experiential faith to (re-)happen. I hope it does.
A quote from C.S. Lewis (who is a-maz-ing!):
I am here trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would either be a lunatic…or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, or you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon: or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that option open to us. He did not intend to.