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.