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Lee Strobel , Jane Vogel

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Was Jesus just a good man who lived a long time ago? Or was he something more?
Just about everyone you ask has an opinion about Jesus. Some believe he was the Son of God, while others question his existence altogether. Some believe he lived but that he was merely a good man. Today, scientists and other people are stating things that can make it difficult to know what to believe. So how can you know who the real Jesus was (and is)---especially when so many people are working to prove him to be a fake or a fraud? That’s what Lee Strobel wanted to know.
As a former journalist---and a former atheist---Lee went on an investigative journey to discover the real Jesus, one that took him across the continent and into the homes of today’s most prominent experts on Christian history. He found all the evidence he needed to believe that Jesus is indeed the Risen Savior.
Join Lee’s investigation and discover the truth about Jesus for yourself. After you’ve seen all the evidence, you’ll know for certain who the real Jesus is, and you’ll be able to help others know him as well.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Case for the Real Jesus 30 July 2011
By Delete his name as he died. - Published on
The author, Lee Strobel, a fromer jlurnalist communicates well with his style of writing. He lists six challenges to the Christian view of the historical Jesus.I especially appreciated his arguments based on a common ground of scholarship, which must be respected by his opponents, since he deals on their turf. The tool of inquiry for philosphy, religious as well as non religious has to be human reason. Even in the best cases, the case against the tradional view of the bib-
lical Jesus are conclusions based on probabilities rather than proven facts. An example of that would be the reliability of the Hebrew and Greek documents with their variable readinga by copyists. Those variables don't chamge the essence of their message re the ral Jesus. In the appendix I thought he devasted the poor scholarship of the Jesus Seminar people, who only accept a "spritial" resurrec-
tion of Jesus rather than a physical resurrection. He also shows that this teching was not borrowed and based on pagan myths. He shows how the message of the early Christians concerning Jesus was grounded in verifiable events on the part of reliable witnesses, who are not likely to suffer and die to preserve a lie. One can perceive this in the Apostles Creed (as early as 150 A D.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great defender of the faith 29 Sep 2010
By ParkerJ - Published on
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An awesome reference for all Christians. The book presents facts-based material to defend the faith.
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be expanded 11 Jun 2014
By HWheeler - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I read "The Case for Faith" when I was younger and found it lacking in sources, particularly from the opposition. The student edition of "The Case for the Real Jesus" (not to be confused with "The Case for Christ") seems to a better job with this, or perhaps my memory serves me incorrectly. In any case, I appreciated that author Lee Strobel quoted from skeptics in his interviews. I would like to see him interview those skeptics, or get their responses to the answers presented in Strobel's books on the defense of Christianity. But at least the people he interviews have solid credentials and even experience working with the ancient texts that disagree with the Bible.

The contents of "The Case for the Real Jesus" could easily be split up and put into their own full-length books. Strobel deals extensively with support for the Bible's authenticity, for example. Let's see a "Case for the Old and New Testaments" next, eh? Other topics include Jesus' resurrection (dealt with extensively in another Strobel book), whether Christianity copied other religions, whether or not Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament, and Relativism in the modern age.

It's an easy ready (although my e-book review copy had a lot of format issues) and provides plenty of information I hadn't read before, but I would still like to see him do a more extensive treatment of topics like the Gnostic gospels.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
By Steven H. Propp - Published on
Lee Patrick Strobel (born 1952) is a former journalist, and a former teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church from 1987 to 2000; he joined Saddleback Valley Community Church as a teaching pastor in 2000, but left to host the TV program, "Faith Under Fire," which went off the air in 2005. He has also written books such as The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, God's Outrageous Claims, The Case for Easter, The Case for Christmas, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 2008 book, "For my book, 'The Case for Christ'... I sat down with respected scholars... peppering them with the tough questions I'd asked as a skeptic. I walked away all the more persuaded that the cumulative evidence established the deity of Jesus in a clear and convincing way. Not so fast. That book was published in 1998. Since then the Jesus of historic Christianity has come under increasingly fierce attacks... scholars and popular writers are seeking to debunk the traditional Christ. They're capturing the public's imagination with radical new portraits of Jesus... For the sake of my own intellectual integrity, I needed answers. And to get them, I needed to hit the road... My goal was to talk to the most credible scholars I could find. I was determined to let the hard evidence of history and the cool demands of reason lead me to a verdict---no matter what it turned out to be... This book is your invitation to join me as i retrace the steps of my investigative adventure." (Pg. 10-12)

He interviewed Craig Evans, who said, "the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke circulated anonymously. Their authority and truth were transparent. Everybody knew this is what Jesus taught, so there wasn't much concern over who wrote it down. But in the second century, they had to force it. So the [writers of the alternative] gospels of the second century and later would attach a first-century name to try to boost their credibility, since [the writings] didn't sound like Jesus. They had to compensated by saying, 'Well, Thomas or Peter of Philip or Mary wrote it, so it MUST have credibility.'" (Pg. 31)

Daniel Wallace admitted, "Personally, I believe in inerrancy... However, I wouldn't consider inerrancy to be a primary or essential doctrine for saving faith. It's what I call a 'protective shall' doctrine. Picture concentric circles with the essential doctrines of Christ and salvation at the core. A little bit further out are some other doctrines until, finally, outside of everything is inerrancy. Inerrancy is intended to protect these inner doctrines. But if inerrancy isn't true, does that mean that infallibility isn't true? No. It's a non sequitur to say I can't trust the Bible in the minutiae of history, so therefore I can't trust it in matters of faith and practice." (Pg. 53) He adds, "look at the places where the Gospels don't disagree at all... You find a core message that is revolutionary: Jesus is confessed as the Messiah by his disciples, he performed miracles and healed people, he forgave sins, he prophesied his own death and resurrection, he died on a Roman cross, and he was raised bodily from the dead... Even if the Gospel writers have differences in their accounts... then this only adds to their credibility by showing they weren't huddled together in a corner cooking all this up." (Pg. 54)

He asks Wallace about Mark 16:9-20 [which "were not part of the original Gospel, but were added at a later date and aren't considered authentic"], and was told, "I think Mark was writing about the [most] distinctively unique individual who ever lived, and he wanted to format the ending of his Gospel in a unique way, in which he leaves it open ended. He's essentially saying to readers, 'So what are you going to do with Jesus?' ... There's still a resurrection in Mark. It's prophesied, the angel attests to it, and the tomb is empty. But you can see why an early scribe would say, 'Oh no, we don't have a resurrection appearance, and this ends with the women being afraid.' ... He wanted to round out Mark's Gospel, so he put on that new ending... Once it's in the Bible, it's really hard to dislodge it. All Bibles have a note indicating this longer ending isn't in the oldest manuscripts." (Pg. 69-70)

Strobel asks Michael Licona why Jesus' brother James wasn't a believer during Jesus' lifetime, and was told, "I have to admit... that has bothered me over the years... If the virgin birth really occurred, then how could Jesus' brothers not have believed in him? I'm sure they would have heard it from Mary. Sincerely, I have really struggled with that. I mentioned this recently to a friend... and he surprised me by saying, '...If I had a brother who was perfect, even if he had been born of a virgin, I'd hate him, and I just wouldn't follow him.' ... William Lane Craig asks, 'What would it take to convince YOU that your brother is the Lord?' Really, the only thing that could account for that would be what's reported in the early creed: That the crucified Jesus appeared alive to James." (Pg. 90-91)

He asks about the celebration of Christmas on December 25th of Edwin Yamauchi, who said, EY: "we don't know the date Jesus was born... The earliest date celebrated by Christians was January 6... Of course, December 25 is very close to the winter solstice. This was the date chosen by the emperor Aurelian for the dedication of his temple to Sol invictus, the god called the 'Unconquerable Sun.' Mithras was closely associated with Sol Invictus... This is apparently how Mitras became associated with December 25." LS: "When did that date become Christmas for Christians?" EY: "That seems to be in 336, a year before the death of Constantine, the first Roman emperor to embrace Christianity... it's conceivable that Constantine also appropriated December 25 for the birthday of Christ. We know that instead of simply banning pagan ceremonies, Christian emperors and popes suggested that they appropriate them for Christianity." (Pg. 126-127)

This is a very substantial addition to Strobel's works, and will be of keen interest to all students of apologetics.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Defence of the Christian Worldview 4 Oct 2011
By Jordan - Published on
This book is greatly appreciated for tackling challenging subjects for Christians who may still be ignorant of the facts sorrounding their faith, most importantly, the historical reliability of the New Testament and the reemerging attack on Christianity that its practices and stories are regurgitations of earlier religious myths. I've been tested with challenges such as these myself. These days they are often thrown around quite loosely by skeptics and athiests who are opposed to organised religion, especially - it seems - traditional Christianity.

Lee Strobel specifically addresses whether or not;
1. Scholars are uncovering a radically different Jesus through ancient documents just as credible as the four gospels.
2. The Bible's portait of Jesus can't be trusted because the church tampered with the text.
3. New Explanations have disproved Jesus' resurrection.
4. Christianity's beliefs were copied from pagan religions.
5. Jesus was an imposter who failed to fulfil the prophecies about the Messiah.
6. People should be free to pick and choose what to believe about Jesus.

What is just as appreciated as Lee Strobel's journalistic (unbiased and fairly representative of the opposition perspective) approach, is the highly reknown sholars and authors that are interviewed on topics relevant to their education and specialisation.
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