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The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity [Kindle Edition]

Lee Strobel
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Award-winning reporter and author Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ) once again uses his investigative skills to address the primary objections to Christianity. As a former atheist, Strobel understands the rational resistance to faith. He even names the eight most convincing arguments against Christian faith:
1) If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering and evil?
2) If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they're true?
3) If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter of innocent children as the Old Testament says he did?
4) 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?
5) If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the millions of people who have never heard of him?
6) If God really created the universe, why does the persuasive evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
7) If God is the ultimate overseer of the church, why has it been rife with hypocrisy and brutality throughout the ages?
8) If I'm still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
These are mighty tough questions, and Strobel fields them well. Rather than write a weighty dissertation about the merits of faith, he brings us along on his quest as we meet leaders in the US Christian community such as Peter Kreeft and William Lane Craig. We also encounter his everyday friends and acquaintances that serendipitously fill in the holes in each of the eight arguments against faith. The use of dialogue from personal interviews and a scene-by-scene active narrative makes this an easy and engaging read. However, easy does not mean breezy. This is a book of substance and merit--one that will help Christians defend their faith, especially during the hardest of times, when they have to defend their faith to themselves in moments of doubt. --Gail Hudson

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Was God telling the truth when he said, 'You will seek me and find me when you see me with all your heart'?
In his #1 best-seller The Case for Christ Lee Strobel examined the claims of Christ, reaching the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's unique son. In The Case for Faith, Strobel turns his tenacious investigative skills to the most persistent emotional objections to belief--the eight 'heart' barriers to faith. This Gold Medallion-winning book is for those who may be feeling attracted to Jesus but who are faced with difficult questions standing squarely in their path. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 894 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310220157
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (18 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC2KEW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,173 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I am not yet convinced by Lee Strobel 26 Oct 2010
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Having discussed some questions which I have about things I don't understand in the bible, some friends recommended that I get this book and read chapter 6. My main question is whether hell is God's way of taking revenge or whether he's doing it in order to punish (correct a problem). If it was revenge, which it seems to be, then it contradicts the idea of God being loving.

I read chapter 6, "A loving God would never torture people in hell". Lee Strobel doesn't really say much himself, but quotes other people; mainly someone named "Moreland".

At the end Lee comments ..."And I believed that Moreland's analysis, overall, was sufficient to knock down hell as an obstacle."

Unfortunately, the analysis was not good enough for me. The only positive I got from Moreland's analysis was that he had a few slightly reasonable arguments to suggest that hell might not be excruciatingly painful.

Some of the arguments I consider to be simply untrue, especially the concluding quote. For example, it explains that the reason people go to hell is because they... "want to be at the center of the universe." Of course the bible doesn't teach that; it teaches that people who don't believe in Jesus go to hell. I can't imagine anyone believing in hell, but choosing to go there because they "want to be at the center of the universe."

Another problem I have is that it doesn't attempt to answer my main question. I don't expect him to be psychic and read my mind, knowing exactly which question I'm asking, but I consider my question to logical enough to be considered in such a chapter. Instead, it assumes that some sort of hell / "punishment" is necessary, without explaining what good will come out of it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking but you have to be picky. 28 Jun 2007
The book was challenging and could provoke thought for genuine people trying to find answers . there is a lot of logical arguments and expertise from people who originally approached christianity with skepticism.i used to be a christian but am trying to review all the evidence to make an informed choice.this book has helped to start to get my brain ticking and i have already passed it onto another friend.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite helpful 3 Nov 2000
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As a highschool philosophy student, lately I've faced an increased battle between what I know through my relationship with God and what I can understand through reason. I found this book very helpful. It's discussions about topics that few mainstream Christians address showed that faith can indeed stand under criticism. While I recognize that he was out prove that Christianity was a valid standpoint (so mabye an eensy-weensy biased), he DID ask some pretty pointed questions to competent Christian philosophers and scientists. While it may not engage hardcore philosophers, I personally appreciated its appeal to the everyday, casual thinker. I was also blown away by the story of Billy Graham's friend, an evangelist turned aggressive opponent of Christianity. I thought it was an effective opening example to what uncountered doubt can do to faith (or the possibility of faith). Well, I suggest this book, especially to those who remember that we can't approach God completely by human wisdom or reasoning anyway (hehehe).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still objective and relevant 1 Jun 2011
Following a format similar to his other books, Lee Strobel presents a strong challenge to the challengers of Christian faith. Is it reasonable, what about everything that's wrong with faith, why would you believe, what about...well, everything? Strobel deals with all this fairly, objectively, and with detailed investigation of both the facts and the emotions that drive the questions.

This book continues to be a strong defender of faith and will be a helpful aid to those who find their faith challenged. But more than that it will stand up to scrutiny by those who challenge the concept of faith in general and the truth of the Christian faith in particular. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Case for Faith 10 April 2011
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Lee Strobel is a former atheist who some years ago set out to disprove the validity of the Christian faith and instead became a convert and the author of many books arguing the case for Christianity. In this book he gives some cogently reasoned responses to the eight most common objections raised by non-believers. Not always an easy read, it could in my opinion be quite substantially cut without losing substance, but is well worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book, not great quality paper or cover 5 July 2014
Very good book, not great quality paper or cover, but it's what's on the inside, so it's all good. Maybe £1 off would be a better price
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 27 May 2013
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This book covers some very difficult questions with clarity and confidence.
The author doesn't claim to know everything but attempts to break down the barriers that keep so many people from investigating Christianity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Mar 2013
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This book was just what I needed to read. It answered so many questions and is set out in an investigative style.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectually dishonest
In this book, Lee Strobel interviews several people and tries to get their answers to the "toughest objections to Christianity". Read more
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Have several titles by this author and decided to buy this title as I'm sure I won't be disapointed by it's content
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4.0 out of 5 stars Key questions about Christianity answered
Lee Strobel probes thoroughly and objectively the key questions that non Christians frequently ask about Christianity. Not an easy read, but a very rewarding one. Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2011 by Richard 1948
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I loved this book as it took some of the hard questions I had on my mind away. A really good read for someone that wants to have all those christian hard questions explained.
Published on 29 July 2011 by Lucili
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth
Excellent book, well thought through and proves one can use your mind as well as your spirit in seeking to find the truth about Jesus's claims to be the Messiah, the true Son of... Read more
Published on 11 May 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
Seriously one of the best books I have ever read in my life. Strobel is nothing short of a genius. His books are easy to read, intelligent and impossible to put down. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2010 by Avital Wineapple
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
Quick shipping, well packed, no problems, good condition of the book - I recommend it
Published on 24 May 2009 by Benedikt Hošek
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