The Case for Christ is a finely-crafted book by Lee Strobel. A journalist and former atheist, in this book Lee Strobel analyzes Christ in a logical and orderly way, and concludes whether or not Jesus is who He claimed to be. Being a former atheist, Strobel attacks each possible weak point in the case for Christ, and ultimately concludes that there is no other alternative but that Jesus was the Christ.
The entire book is laid out in the structure of multiple interviews. In total, Lee Strobel interviews fourteen prominent Christians about specific areas of Jesus’ life and background. Throughout the book he takes a very systematic approach, beginning with the veracity of the Bible. After all, Jesus can’t be proven to be who he claimed he was if the book that tells about him isn’t truth.
In part one the author examines, for the most part, the veracity of the Bible. He examines with Dr. Craig Blomberg whether or not the biographies of Jesus can be trusted–if they are untrue or legends, then they should not be what we use to learn about Jesus. He then examines whether or not there is credible evidence for Jesus outside of the gospels, and whether archeology confirms the gospels’ accounts of Jesus. Lastly, he checks to see if the Jesus of history really matched the Jesus written about. He concludes with deciding that the Gospels are true, beyond a doubt, and that the Jesus written about in them really did exist.
After this analytical beginning, Lee Strobel turns to a more philosophical approach in part two of the book. He asks such questions as ‘Was Jesus himself convinced that He was the Son of God?’ and ‘Was Jesus Crazy when he claimed this?’ He also checks to make sure that Jesus fulfills the attributes of God written in the Bible, and that no one else could have fulfilled the Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament. The part finishes with Lee Strobel becoming more certain of Jesus really being the Christ.
The final part takes a look at the Resurrection–perhaps one of the hardest parts of Jesus’ life for us to accept. He questions whether Jesus’ death was a sham and his resurrection a hoax. Medical knowledge leads him to decide that neither were fake or staged. Strobel also asks the logical question, ‘If Jesus really did raise from the dead, was He seen alive after his death?’ Again, evidence from the Bible (Which was proved to be true and historically accurate in part one) convinces Strobel.
The Case for Christ is a stirring story of a personal walk. Being a journalist, Lee Strobel takes a very analytical look at the questions he asked, but concludes with a very personal chapter that recounts how his life has changed since becoming a believer. The book ends with a challenge, inviting non-believers like he was to look through the evidence and ask themselves whether there is any other logical path to believe about Jesus.
Clearly, this book is written for unbelievers, but it is very helpful for believers as well. For me personally, this book gave me solid, factual evidence of Jesus’ identity as the Messiah. Many times we as believers have trouble with doubting our faith. This book is potent material to eliminate that doubt, plus it brings good information to share with non-believers. I highly recommend that anyone read this book, but I especially recommend it to atheists or other non-believers who reject Christianity on the grounds of being too far-fetched or not factual. I guarantee you that by the end you will have little alternative but to accept Mr. Strobel’s conclusions: this is how good the argument of the book is.
Published on 28 December, 2010. Last updated on