In The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel Finds a Calling

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What is The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel? Why did Lee Strobel decide to try to figure out whether or not Christ really existed?

In The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel goes on a journey to find the truth: did Jesus Christ really exist? Lee Strobel uses his book to explore these possibilities.

Read more about The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel and what inspired Strobel to investigate Christ.

The Case for Christ: Lee Strobel Investigates

For much of his life The Case for Christ author Lee Strobel, a Yale Law School graduate and legal affairs reporter for the Chicago Tribune, was an atheist. For him, belief in God required too many leaps of faith: Why was there evil in the world if people were created by a loving God? Wasn’t the evidence of evolution far more compelling than that of a divine creator? Weren’t miracles that flouted the laws of nature literally incredible?

Strobel’s attitude toward Christ began to change in 1979, when his wife, a longtime agnostic, declared that she had become a Christian. Strobel worried that she would become puritanical and self-righteous, but when she began exhibiting greater poise and self-confidence, he became intrigued by the doctrine of beliefs that was improving her character. In the Case for Christ, Lee Strobel investigates this religion.

The Case for Christ author decided to treat Christ and Christianity like a story he was reporting on. He dived into the research scholarship on the Bible as well as the text of the Bible itself. He interviewed experts and studied the archaeological record. And as his knowledge grew, he found himself drawn to a conclusion he’d previously thought absurd: that Jesus had not only existed, but was also divine.

In The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel reconstructs of Strobel’s spiritual journey from skeptic to believer. Each chapter of the book is built around a particular question concerning Jesus: whether the eyewitness accounts of his existence can be trusted, whether Jesus truly believed he was the son of God, whether Jesus was in fact resurrected. To answer each of these questions, Strobel interviews an academic expert and analyzes the relevant historical and biblical texts. He lays out “the case for Christ” as a lawyer might—with ample eyewitness, documentary, and corroborating evidence—and asks us, his jury, to approach his argument objectively and with an open mind.

At the conclusion of his investigation in The Case for Christ, Strobel undergoes an existential crisis: Although he’s lived his life as an atheist, he’s discovered the evidence for Jesus Christ is irrefutable. He locks himself in his home office to meditate over all he’s learned; as he does so, he confesses his heavy drinking and adultery to the reader. Looking over the notes from his investigation, The Case for Christ author takes what he considers the logical next step: He pledges himself to Christ. 

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Carrie Cabral

Carrie has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember, and has always been open to reading anything put in front of her. She wrote her first short story at the age of six, about a lost dog who meets animal friends on his journey home. Surprisingly, it was never picked up by any major publishers, but did spark her passion for books. Carrie worked in book publishing for several years before getting an MFA in Creative Writing. She especially loves literary fiction, historical fiction, and social, cultural, and historical nonfiction that gets into the weeds of daily life.

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