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

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A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God: 'My road to atheism was paved by science . . . But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.' - Lee Strobel

During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the
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Published February 26th 2005 by Zondervan (first published March 16th 2004)
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Paul Chilson
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
AJ Lindell
May 11, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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
Victoria Lynn
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book. . .
I read it twice. SO informative and a must read if you have any interest in apologetics and having an answer for the hope that is in you. Full of rich, scientific evidence and arguments that defend our faith. I think everyone should read this at least once in their life.
Wayne Walker
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
John Martindale
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 even r
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
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
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
A.L. Buehrer
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For some reason, starting out, I thought I wouldn’t like this book as much as the other two Lee Strobel books I’ve read. I don’t know why I thought that.

For me, Lee Strobel is always a winner. Okay, so his actual writing leaves something to be desired. He’s been writing for newspapers too long, and has that bland, formulaic style that it can give you. But his method is what makes him great.

Some apologetics books come off kind of as one guy’s interpretation. But in this, we get the voices of cri
Hien Le
Apr 21, 2008 rated it did not like it
"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
Lorraine Schratz
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous, easy-to-read book for those who doubt God's existence based on science, as well as those who believe. Strobel concisely reviews the scientific evidence for evolution, the Big Bang and cellular biology, and shows how the evidence points to Intelligent Design as a basis for life on Earth. Additional references are provided for those who want to do more research on their own.
Nov 26, 2008 is currently reading it
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Brett Tompkins
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Poor arguments, multiple fallacies, flawed science, bogus experts. This book is a waste of time and money.
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
Mike Edwards
Nov 23, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
Strobel lays out three arguments in this book, all of which are problematic:

1) Creationism and Evolution are two completely distinct ideas, completely at odds with each other, there is no viable middle ground between the two, and no viable alternatives. His proof of this largely boils down to "both religious creationists and atheist scientists have asserted this to be true, therefore it must be true!"

2) Evolution is "just a theory", not all evolutionary biologists can agree on even some of the m
Tim Chavel
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
As most of you know Lee Strobel has written several "The Case for ..." books. This one is very good. I don't necessaryly like his writing style but the information in is books are great. It takes me a little bit longer to read his books than most books I read but it is worth it. You will get a great taste for the book from the quotes below. I trust they will either encorage you or challenge your belief. Enjoy!

William Provine of Cornell University said, “If Darwinism is true, then there are five
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jon Allen
Aug 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
I had low expectations for this book, but it did not live up to them.

Instead of exploring the complicated interplay of science and faith, it just retells the same arguments that have been circulating for centuries, e.g. Cosmological argument, Teleological argument, Anthropic Principle. The scientific evidence presented was one-sided and heavily skewed. It did not do a very good job of addressing the standard responses to the arguments. There was nothing particularly new or interesting presented
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
James Wallace
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, both for readers who want to know the science supporting intelligent design and for readers who are searching or doubtful about it. Explores all the disciplines via interviews with experts - physics, astronomy, biology, evolution, chemistry, more. Fascinating without being overly-detailed in the minutia (but plenty of footnotes, heavily referenced for additional drill-down). Makes the case persuasively; in fact, so persuasively that one has to wonder how scientists in any field c ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Aug 17, 2017 marked it as to-read
Got about 80 pages through in about 4 months time. Ugh. I'll pick this up again in the winter when I can devote more time to it.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
When I read this book I liked it because it strengthened my faith, and I didn't read any refutations of it because I was afraid that might damage my faith. But I've learned a lot since then. Now that I actually know the arguments presented here are the same ones creationists have been presenting for decades, arguments that have been refuted over and over again, I feel that in writing this book Lee Strobel was being dishonest. He goes on an on about how he investigated this issue like a court of ...more
Valeriy Martsenyuk
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
- Step 1. Have a biased opinion
- Step 2. Find a biased 'Expert'
- Step 3. Straw man the hell out of the opposing view.
- Step 4. Confirm you bias
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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