Lee Strobel, the hard atheist-turned-Christian, examined the evidence for the authenticity of Jesus Christ and the gospels in his first book, The Case for Christ (link to review). Now, he’s back with a more abstract look at the Christian faith in general. How does his second book compare to the first? In my opinion, it more than continued Strobel’s legacy of clear, unbiased examination of the facts. Read on for the full review.
The book begins by establishing eight questions that are often stumbling blocks for new believers or for those who seek to believe. These are all common objections that non-believers raise to the Christian faith, and they vary from big objections such as “since evil and suffering exist, a loving god cannot?” and “God isn’t worthy of worship if He kills innocent children” to smaller questions, such as “why is church history littered with oppression and violence?”
The book is organized in the same method as The Case for Christ. Strobel conducts eight interviews with eight major leaders of Christianity, asking each of them to address a major objection he brings up. For this reason, it’s hard to summarize the actual content of the book – much of it is dialog between Lee Strobel and his interviewees. But Strobel attacks each problem with the same fervor that he reports news stories – aggressively taking apart each facet of the problem to examine all of the different angles and viewpoints.
This book doesn’t stink of bias or narrow-mindedness. Instead, Lee is as fair to all possible viewpoints as possible. After all, this book reflects his personal journey from atheism to Christianity. He was determined to leave all of the options opened, but was convinced that Christianity was the only thing that could answer all of the questions. In his book, he does his best to convince you of the same.
This book along with its companion The Case for Christ are useful books for anyone to read. If you are a non-Christian searching for truth or meaning in your life, yet you doubt Christianity’s veracity, these books can do much to assuage your doubts. If you are a Christian, these books can answer many questions as well, and help you in answering family’s and friends’ questions. Hopefully these books will draw you closer towards God and His Word.
Published on 23 February, 2011. Last updated on