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

(Cases for Christianity for Students)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  27,710 ratings  ·  494 reviews
Was God telling the truth when he said, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart"? In his #1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief---the eight "hear ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 26th 2000 by Zondervan Publishing Company (first published January 1st 2000)
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Paul Bryant
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: godreads

A review of Chapter one only. It was pretty mind-blowing.

Chapter 1 deals with the problem of Evil which is always the Big One, and here we find a very remarkable interview with Peter Kreeft, Christian philosopher. Maybe for the first time I am beginning to really get an idea of the worldview of the thinking Christian. It’s so alien. See what you think.

As you will know the problem was stated by Epicurus 300 years before Christ :

God may be all powerful and he may be Good but he cannot be both, b
Paul Bryant
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: godreads

Some of this book is so unintentionally funny. The sub-title is “A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity”. To do this our Mr Strobel puts these Toughest Objections to several top guys and presents us with these interviews where they wrestle mightily. So here he is talking with Norman L Geisler who is “one of the most well-known and effective defenders of Christianity in the world”. The Tough Objection at this point is “God isn’t worthy of worship if he kills innocent ch
Ancient Weaver
Jun 07, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  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," and that he can accomplish this monumental task a
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
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
Jun 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
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.
May 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A perfect book for the intellectual, the doubter and the inquisitive. Mind gripping answers to soul seeking questions.
Oct 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction
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 may be a reall ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Fangirl Musings
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who struggle with faith, and those that do not.
Recommended to Fangirl Musings 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
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one took me a while to finish...but it was worth it! Strobel asks some hard questions, and the people he interviews don't shy away from answering them. Even if you are already a believer, you're likely to learn some things about the Christian faith; I sure did!
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
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
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
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.
Kerolos Maged
اعتقد دي ادق كلمة توصف الكتاب ده .. الكتاب مش ادبي جميل ..وصياغته مش رهيبة .. وحتى مش كل اجاباته كانت مقنعة بشكل كافي بالنسبة لي

لكن روعته في الواقع تكمن في الكام سؤال التأملي اللي في اخر كل فصل .. روعته باينة في رحلة التغيير الجذري لحياة للكاتب
بعد قرار الايمان بيسوع
روعته تتجلى بشكل مبالغ فيه في اخر فصل و الخاتمة
فعلا هما احلى واهم جزء في الكتاب ..ونصيحة لو حصل انك زهقت في اي مرحلة اثناء قراية الكتاب وقررت متمكلش قرايته -مش مهم-لكن اوعم متقراش الجزء العظيم ده

الكتاب ده يشترك مع كل كتب الل
Lynne Stringer
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this book a five star rating, it was extremely engaging and thought-provoking for about the first half. But then it just got boring and some of the arguments I couldn't agree with. Overall it was a good read and very thought-provoking but still since I didn't read all of it (I found myself skimming) because it was boring a lot I must give it three stars.
WOW. I read this book for theology class, and it's now one of my favorites. I love Lee Strobel's writing style (he's a former journalist, so he writes really well ;), and how he interviews experts to try to answer the "Big Eight" questions, including the difficult topic of suffering, doubt, etc.

I highly recommend this book, as well as Strobel's "The Case for Christ" (basically, just go read all of his books. ;) you won't regret it).
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith
This book was loaned to me by a friend, at a time of my life when I was doubting my faith in God, and seeking a house of worship that didn't exclude me for who I am. This book reaffirmed my faith in God, and led me to read more and more and more books relating to faith, which I continue to read today.
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Some good points, but not as good as The Case for Christ. I expected more. This one felt more scattered, vague, and shallow at times, when compared to Strobel's first book. It's not as airtight. Read his first one, and leave this behind.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Very evocative book! Many perspectives (life experiences and logical debate) bring one to the case for Faith ... just goes to show, there is not only one road to faith!
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith-builders
I really appreciate how thorough Lee Strobel is. He is honest and asks hard questions. I can’t help but respect the investigations of faith he has done.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
May 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
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Lee Patrick Strobel 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 video apologetics web site. ...more

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