Title: The Case for Faith
Author: Lee Strobel
Date Completed: 08/26/2004
Rereadability Rating: 4
Lifechangeability Rating: 4
Entertainment Rating: 3.5
This is the second in a sort of series (of 3 so far) that Lee Strobel has put out on his investigations into answers to tough questions about Christianity. The Case for Christ was a good book on the historicity of Jesus, and Strobel follows that up with The Case For Faith. He wrote this book to deal with (what he perceives as) the eight toughest questions for Christianity:
- If there’s a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering and evil?
- If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they’re true?
- 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 really created the universe, why does the evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
- If God is the ultimate overseer of the church, why has it been rife with hypocrisy and brutality throughout the ages?
- If I’m still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
Strobel continues his proven teaching technique of essentially repeating the dialogue he had with experts on each subject. I didn’t get near as much out of this as The Case for Christ, but possibly because I’ve been exposed to the philosophical objections to Christianity more than I had been exposed to the history of Christ. He did a good job of touching on some of the answers, but I think the book probably raised more questions than it answered for me. Not doubting questions, but more along the lines of “How do I answer the deeper questions I know will follow these answers?”. I would recommend this as a good entry into the world of the tougher questions for Christians to answer.
Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…