The Case for Faith

17 April 2006

Lee Strobel offers another great apologetics introductory work in The Case for Faith. Throughout the course of providing answers to several questions about Christian faith, he interviews great Christian scholars including Peter Creeft, William Lane Craig, Walter Bradley, Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, J.P. Moreland, John Woodbridge, and Lynn Anderson. Strobel addresses a variety of issues throughout the book such as Christian exclusivism, the problem of evil, the problem of Hell, and the problem of miracles.

As in his other works, Strobel is extremely readable. The book is set up so that Strobel plays the devil’s advocate, asking skeptical questions of the Christian interviewees concerning the issues. Additionally, he provides interesting stories at the beginning of each chapter to introduce the issue and engage the reader. When it comes to reading enjoyability, Strobel may be unmatched in Christian apologetics.

The obvious drawback of a conversational style and broad scope is that the issues are not explored quite as in-depth as book devoted to a single topic. Nevertheless, Strobel provides recommended further reading, so that anyone interested in the issues can consult other works for a more detailed treatment. Thus, The Case for Faith is a valuable resource for almost anybody.


  1. I like most of Strobel’s efforts. However one example in his book, The Case for Faith, is bogus. He uses the example of a man who’s brain is being stimulated by a electrode that causes one arm to jump and he is able hold the jumping arm with his other arm. Somehow this suspose to prove that we have a soul that overrides the brain.

    I’ve been in neurology for twenty-two years. Of course you can control the stimulated arm with the other arm because the two are controled by very different parts of the brain.

    Our pastor quoted this as proof of the soul then I read it in the book myself.

    Christians must be very careful because when they use urban ledgends or bogus science, it makes the non-christian skeptic more so.

    Mike Jones

    Mike Jones    Jul 3, 07:14 PM    #
  2. The danger with this book is it’s too introductory, too basic. It leaves readers assured that the questions raised therein have been adequately dealt with, when a more honest document would have allowed “leading” atheists (a difficult task since atheism isn’t a monolithic institution) to respond.

    This book presents itself as a skeptical journalist asking tough questions. It’s not, and it needs to be more honest in that regard so less intellectual Christians don’t walk away thinking all these questions have been buried.

    Oliver Fugate    Sep 2, 08:48 PM    #
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