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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for sceptics
Lee Strobel, with his training in hard-hitting investigative reporting, and from his background of hardened atheist turned committed Christian, does an excellent job in his writings of selecting the most persuasive arguments against aspects of faith and marshalling an array of facts from a wealth of sources to refute them. In this neat little volume, Strobel takes from...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable
An investigation into a fairy story.

Who was the child in the manger?
Well, Strobel (and many many before him) fails to establish that there was a child or a manger at all.

His entire “evidence” is the Gospel accounts in Luke and Matthew – thought to be written from 70 to 110 years after the presumed birth of Jesus.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for sceptics, 8 Jun 2009
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Lee Strobel, with his training in hard-hitting investigative reporting, and from his background of hardened atheist turned committed Christian, does an excellent job in his writings of selecting the most persuasive arguments against aspects of faith and marshalling an array of facts from a wealth of sources to refute them. In this neat little volume, Strobel takes from his more wide-ranging studies the essential details of his treatment of criticisms of the biblical accounts of the Incarnation, and produces a convincing case for the truth and accuracy of the scriptural record.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughable, 7 May 2014
An investigation into a fairy story.

Who was the child in the manger?
Well, Strobel (and many many before him) fails to establish that there was a child or a manger at all.

His entire “evidence” is the Gospel accounts in Luke and Matthew – thought to be written from 70 to 110 years after the presumed birth of Jesus.
And these 2 accounts differ from each other.
And they mention historical events that are not verified in any other source.

And of the other “official evidence” available, i.e. Mark, John and Paul, there is not one mention of the nativity.

There is no evidence that early Christians observed Christmas.

When it came to be observed, in the 300s, the date of 25th December was an arbitrary and convenient choice – because no one knew what the real date might have been.
No one, within the faith, knew the date of an event that Strobel believes is of immense significance!

So, how does Strobel use this scanty evidence in his “hard-hitting investigate reporting” style?
He asks people who already believe the stories.
Does he ask anyone who does not share those beliefs? No.
This is not “investigate reporting”, it is merely apologetics.

That’s fair enough, but what grates is Strobel’s continuing gimmick of posing as an “investigative journalist”. There is no evidence of any such rigour.
It is an irritating conceit that it is anything other than a bunch of believers reassuring each other. It is grossly disingenuous.
But of course, one must “hide their faith from the light of reason.” Strobel is merely pretending to do otherwise.

A previous reviewer sums it up: - “[Strobel] does an excellent job in his writings of selecting the most persuasive arguments…”

But, it is a very funny book.
I look forward to his “Case for Santa” and “Case for Rudolph”
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 5 Oct 2013
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I think this is a section from one of his other books (The Case for christ) but i read it over Christmas and it really was great to read about the evidence for the christmas narrative in the gospels. This is a great book, i think the only negative bit is you may be able to get this within your copy of the aforementioned book.

Lee strobel is a fantastic and very well informed author, who goes to interview the experts on the subject. This book gives evidence to his reading of critics of Christian faith and he puts these people's critiques to the experts. So its useful for reading about the evidence but also for helping respond to certain criticisms
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 16 Mar 2013
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Clear, easy to read, well structured. Gives a great insight into the truth of Christmas! Recommended for people of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Case for Christmas, 23 Feb 2013
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Have read several books by Lee Strobel and they have intrigued me in their subject matter. So I decided to get this title purely on this
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book, 24 Dec 2012
The Case for Christmas presents the writers personal journey of discovery. He begins very effectively with an encounter he had as a non-Christian journalist who meets a poor family and discovers that in their poverty they have a deep and living faith in Jesus Christ which produces extraordinary generosity. He then systematically examines some of the reasons people might argue against believing in Jesus Christ by taking key questions to different bible scholars who are invited to present their response.
The book is well written, is interesting and very helpful for anyone seeking to understand or defend the existence, identity and mission of Jesus Christ.
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