The Case for Faith: A Christian Book Written by a Former Atheist
Lee Strobel's journey began as an atheist in an attempt to prove his wife's new love for Christianity as ridiculous and unfruitful. Although after he started his research, he found himself a believer as well. He now has wanted to share what he has learned through his extensive research. One of his earliest most popular writings was The Case for Christ, which detailed how Jesus could genuinely be the Christ. Although in the book The Case For Faith, rather than tackling Jesus' existence, he addresses the idea of whether having faith in a God that you cannot see is an intelligent, practical thing.
I chose to read this, during a time when I had many doubts myself, and I was trying to decide the legitimacy of Christianity. I can't say that this is what caused me to realize the truth, but as I made my decision, many of the words I read in this book stuck with me. So in some respects, I can say that this book allowed me to become a true believer.
Disproving Christianity, Ultimately Led to Proving God
The interesting thing about this book is that Lee Strobel was an atheist journalist. When his agnostic wife began attending church, he thought she was ridiculous. Being a born journalist, he set out to disprove her new "religion." Ironically, it was his search to discredit his wife that he, too, became a believer. As he states, "For me, there was far too much evidence that God was merely a product of wishful thinking, of ancient mythology, of primitive superstition." Once he began his research, he found something he didn't expect God.
Now this book is not a story about how he became a Christian. Instead, he felt he should give us a tour of his research. When he went out to disprove Christianity, Strobel listed a series of questions he had that he was determined to get answers to. Through this one, as well as other books in his "Case for.." series, he uses these questions as a springboard to interview some of the world's greatest intellects. Some of these intellects are theologians, but a vast majority of our scientists!
Each chapter contains one of these intellects and information from the interview. Strobel does not shy away from verbally attacking their arguments, only to find that believing in Jesus Christ is a reasonable, scientifically viable belief.
Case for Faith Audiobook Chapter 1
Answering the Hard Questions of the Bible
Lee Strobel takes many fascinating questions that many of us have, and the people he chooses to interview are so insightful when answering these questions. Listed below are many of these questions. With some of them, there were incredible quotes that Lee Strobel or these men, had that I felt I should share.
If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering and evil?
Dr. Peter John Kreeft PH.D. pointed out, many reasons, but one thing that stood out for me was when he said,
Suppose you're the devil. You're the enemy of God and you want to kill him, but you can't. However, he has this ridiculous weakness of creating and loving human beings, whom you can get at. Aha! Now you've got hostages! So you simply come down into the world, corrupt humankind, and drag some of them to hell. When God sends prophets to enlighten them, you kill the prophets.
Although I do feel this statement gives too much credit to Satan, and not enough credit to us for our sin. But it does enlighten us on the workings of Satan, which is only a fraction of how he chooses to answer this question. To truly understand, you would need to read the whole chapter.
My most favorite part of the chapter is when he describes a hunter and a bear. How in the bear's eyes, the hunter is mean, but in the hunter's eyes, he is showing compassion. The story he lies out is when the bear gets trapped in a trap not intended for him. The hunter has to shoot the bear with a dart, to put him to sleep. Otherwise, the man cannot get close enough to the bear to release him. The bear sees the shooting as evil and mean. The man considers the shot to be compassion to let him go. Just as a bear cannot understand the workings of human, we are so different from God, that we cannot truly understand the full workings of God. Our hardships seem like fruitless pain, but God may see them very differently.
If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they're true?
In Objection #2, Since Miracles Contradict Science, They Cannot Be True, Doctor William Craig Ph.D., compares the writings of Islamic works, and Christianity works. He points out, "... this Islamic tradition comes hundreds of years after Muhammad's life and therefore isn't comparable to the gospels, which were written down within the first generation when the eyewitnesses were still alive." Since it was written so soon after the miracles occurred, people of that time would have tried arguing with the legitimacy of these miracles. Although many in this time refused to believe Jesus as Devine, few argued with the miracles that occurred.
If God really created the universe, why does the evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
I could not even begin to sum up the plethora of information he gives on this topic. A mere attempt would cause confusion and misunderstanding; therefore, I will quote Dr. Walter Bradley, Ph.D., when he said, "... I think people who believe that life emerged naturalistically need to have a great deal more faith than people who reasonably infer that there's an Intelligent Designer." The truth is that the origins of life have never been proven. There are theories, but nothing proven through scientific means. Bradley did a phenomenal job supporting his theory of an Intelligent Designer that this was probably my most favorite section of the book, and yet I find no way of being able to do it justice in a short paragraph.
More questions Lee Strobel finds answers to, include:
- If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter of innocent children as the Old Testament says he did?
- If God cares about the people he created, how could he consign so many of them to an eternity of torture in hell just because they didn't believe the right things about him?
- If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the millions of people who have never heard of him?
- If God is the ultimate overseer of the church, why has it been rife with hypocrisy and brutality throughout the ages?
- If doubts still plague me, then is it even possible to be a Christian?
So whether you are a Christian who has doubts, a theologian, or even an atheist, this book is a good fascinating read, with powerful arguments, and reasonable anecdotes.
© 2011 Angela Michelle Schultz