The Case for Christ

11 April 2006

In The Case for Christ, journalist Lee Strobel interviews some of the world’s leading Christian scholars, including Craig Blomberg, Bruce Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, John McRay, Greg Boyd, Ben Witherington III, Gary Collins, D.A. Carson, Loius Lapides, Alexander Metherell, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, and J.P. Moreland. Lee Strobel takes the position of the ‘skeptic’ or the devil’s advocate, asking questions to see if the scholars have satisfactory answers.

In the book, Strobel makes the rounds. He discusses the credibility of the New Testament documents, extrabiblical references of Jesus, Jesus’ perceived self-identity, and evidence for the resurrection found in the empty tomb, post-mortem appearances, and origin of the Christian faith. A broad scope, however, usually comes at the expense of details, and The Case for Christ does not ‘close the case’, so to say. However, this weakness is somewhat offset because Strobel provides excellent suggested materials for further reading, where the appropriate details and nuances can be found. Thus, as an introduction to the issues, Strobel’s book is excellent.

One of the most attractive features of The Case for Christ is the style of presentation. Strobel’s writing style is clear and engaging, and therefore extremely accessible to almost anyone. Although some critics have complained that he should have included dialogues from non-Christians or ‘the other side,’ this complaint is ill-founded. Strobel’s book is obviously a work of apologetics, thus, those looking for a ‘fair’ debate should consult other sources. Nonetheless, Strobel does ask many of the questions and raise many of the objections that contemporary non-Christians raise against the evidences provided. When the true purpose of Strobel’s work is taken into account, it becomes obvious that this is a valuable resource for those who are curious of the intellectual foundation of the centerpiece of Christian evidences- the identity and resurrection of Jesus.


  1. I am actually reading this book right now, and I have to say that it is one that is worth looking at.

    I have found it to be a very satisfying read, and am sure that others would feel the same way

    RevDeath    Apr 15, 06:19 PM    #
  2. I would have to agree with you Kyle on your book review that this book is more of just an introduction to something deeper. Hopefully it sparks ones curiousity to delve deeper into apologetics and look for answers themselves, either in the bible or other books that look at specific problems closer.

    Another book you should look at, you’ve probably already read it though, is “Simply Christian” by N.T. Wright, the Bishop of Durham, England. I read it this summer and it was pretty good. It’s not the best written book but it makes a lot of good points and addresses the question, “Why christianity makes sense.” Just an idea. I love you.

    Kyle Taylor    Oct 10, 06:40 AM    #
  3. Here is another review that the reader might find more helpful.

    — Visitor    Dec 19, 05:41 AM    #
  4. Definitely agree with what you stated. Your explanation was certainly the easiest to understand. I tell you, I usually get irked when folks discuss issues that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail right on the head and explained out everything without complication. Maybe, people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks dd1

    Jessie    May 4, 04:26 AM    #
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