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Overview Supports the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed with discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness. Original.
Publishers Description A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God'My road to atheism was paved by science . . . But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.'---Lee StrobelDuring his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant---or so Strobel thought.But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason.Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe. Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you'll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence in The Case for a Creator.Mass market edition available in packs of six.
From Publishers Weekly Strobel, whose apologetics titles The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith have enjoyed strong popularity among evangelicals, approaches creation/evolution issues in the same simple and energetic style. The format will be familiar to readers of previous Case books: Strobel visits with scholars and researchers and works each interview into a topical outline. Although Strobel does not interview any "hostile" witnesses, he exposes readers to the work of some major origins researchers (including Jonathan Wells, Stephen Meyer and Michael Behe) and theistic philosophers (including William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland). Strobel claims no expertise in science or metaphysics, but as an interviewer he makes this an asset, prodding his sources to translate jargon and provide illustrations for their arguments. At times, the interview format loses momentum as seams begin to show between interview recordings, rewrites, research notes and details imported from his subjects' CVs (here, Strobel's efforts at buffing his subjects' smart-guy credentials can become a little too intense). The most curious feature of the book-not uncommon in the origins literature but unusual in a work of Christian apologetics-is that biblical narratives and images of creation, and the significance of creation for Christian theology, receive such brief mention. Still, this solid introduction to the most important topics in origins debates is highly accessible and packs a good argumentative punch. Forecast: Strobel's books The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith won Gold Medallion awards and sold into the seven figures. This month, also watch for his The Case for Easter to argue for the historical authenticity of the Resurrection Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly
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Release Date Mar 1, 2005
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More About Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.
Lee Strobel currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois. Lee Strobel was born in 1952.
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Fairly Good Apologetics With A Focus On Science Mar 30, 2007
One of the most hotly contested issues these days is the extent to which science and religion (in this case Christianity) are mutually exclusive or not. In this book, Strobel does a good job of articulating the fundamental reasons why Christians believe (1) science and religion are not mutually exclusive; and (2) science supports Christianity, not atheism.
To be sure, this is not a "scholarly" book in the sense that its target audience is the layman. It is for this reason that I give this book four stars instead of five. The writing is very simple to the point that it was hard to take Strobel seriously at times. The format is that of a recorded dialog between Strobel and various scientists. This makes for a more accessible read, but at the same time I think Strobel goes too far in that direction with the result that some of potential scientific and rational argument is replaced by the easier to grasp dialog.
Nevertheless, there was a lot I liked about this book. I'm a political science and history man myself, so I really liked getting back into surface-level science and learning about some of the beautiful and complex creations that make up our universe. A couple of examples will perhaps go a long way in providing a taste of what makes up the bulk of Strobel's "evidence":
1. The sun is 400 times farther away from the Earth than the moon, and it is also 400 times larger, making the Earth the only known place in the universe where one could witness a total and perfect solar eclipse. The observation of solar eclipse was the foundation for all sorts of discoveries. 2. The gravity of the moon stabilizes the tilt of the Earth, which assuages the changes between the seasons. This in turn makes Earth a more hospitable place to live. 3. Jupiter and Saturn, due to their relative size and the subsequent strength of their gravity, act as a sort of shield for Earth to protect the planet from in-coming meteors.
Strobel's book is filled with all sorts of interesting examples like these ones. Additionally, Strobel writes about all of the extremely unlikely probabilities that are inherent in are universe. His basic point in bring up all of these probabilities is to show that, in the aggregate, the various probabilities are so unlikely that an "Intelligent Designer" must be responsible for creation. Another thing that Strobel does really well is that he rationally articulates why the materialists' explanation of these probabilities are simply unsound.
This book made for an interesting read, though elementary at times. As a Christian I certainly walked away from this book with a renewed sense of awe in the majesty of God's creation as well as his infinite creativity. Thinking about all of the things that go into keeping this world going provides the believer with just another revelation from God that effectually draws us nearer to Him. This book is probably appropriate for anyone older then 14 or so; that is, anyone familiar with basic scientific terms. This is a great starting place from which to start exploring the ways in which science reveals God.
Intelligent Design Gains Respectabilty Mar 27, 2007
Former atheist turned preacher Lee Strobel explores scientific theories about the creation of the universe, the galaxy, the sun, the earth the moon, complex organisms, cells, DNA and human consciousness by interviewing experts who include "intelligent design" among legitimate scientific explanations. Powerful conclusions warranted by evidence in this book include 1) materialistic hypotheses (e.g., Darwinian evolution, random chance, natural forces) fail to account for known fossil evidence, irreducibly complex biological systems, astronomically improbable coincidences in space which are necessary for life to exist, and other naturally occurring phenomena describable in human terms as the product of intelligence or purposeful design; 2) these products of intelligence or design can be accounted for in current scientific thought by theorizing a deliberate intelligence influencing creation at one or more points in time; 3) the deliberate intelligence that accounts for creation is completely consistent with the God of the Judeo-Christian tradition. As long as Strobel sticks to these three premises, he is on solid ground. He collects an astounding array of scientific facts that defy materialistic explanations and that can be readily explained by including a deliberate intelligence in the creation process. When Strobel strays beyond the scientific "whats" and "hows" to confront the "whys", the compelling scientific tone of the book gets a little watered down. The facts that complex life exists despite staggering odds and that humans have consciousness do not compel the conclusion that these things occurred "for a reason". Even so, the bulk of this book rest so firmly in the hard realm of science that it is certain to incite fits of howling from stubborn atheists, which is always fun. Highly recommended to seekers and apologetics enthusiasts.
A must read! Mar 15, 2007
Excellent presentation of valuable facts well documented. Presented in an interesting conversational form which unequivocally makes the case!
Suitable gift for non believers. Jan 28, 2007
This is an admirable book, but it seems to me the DVD is better. I bought it in order to see if it would be a good gift for a law student who has fuzzy beliefs at best. I wondered if the DVD would contain a bunch of Scripture verses, or maybe even a salvation message, which would likely turn her off. However, there is only one Scripture passage quoted, from the Torah/"Old" Testament. YHWH/God is mentioned quite a bit but that is understandable since His existence, or anyway the e txistence of a transcendant Being, is what is in a sense on trial. If you give either the book or the DVD to an unbeliever and they still buy Darwin, hey, Noah (even Yahushua!)didn't win 'em all either. Not your/our fault.
Far Better Evidence for Creation Exists Elsewhere Jan 26, 2007
First of all, I support Creationism, based upon much more than this book ever addresses...
This book was interesting, but if it was the only piece of evidence supporting Christianity, we'd have to be insane to believe anything that the Bible claims to be true. Fortunately, that's not the case.
First of all, you should know that I do have an above-average scientific background. No, I am not Einstein, but I do have enough knowledge and intelligence to approach the argument from both sides, as is not done in this book.
Christians, please do not be discouraged by the reviews of skeptics of this book. I am a Christian and I am a skeptic of it as well, and support the statements made against this book. I think there are a couple things we all (evolutionists and creationists alike) need to take into consideration here...
I have read "The Case for Christ" and enjoyed it very much. It's more based upon historical evidence supporting the New Testament, rather than scientifically based. I like Strobel's work. However, I can say that this book was thoroughly disappointing to me. He should probably stick to historical evidence because he can't adequately support his scientific conclusions (No offense, Lee! I just think this is important to address due to the importance of the issue.) Here's why...
When I went into this book, I expected hard scientific facts in support of the Bible, Genesis, etc. I wanted to know about how fossil records compare with what textbooks say about them. I wanted to know about the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Pangaea, Noah's Flood, etc.
This book doesn't really contain any of that. In fact, all of the evolutionists on this board have hit the nail right on the head, when they say that this book is mainly about the "odds of existence". Lee does a great job at that (although I would argue against a lot of the scientific reasoning in this book), and he's right.
Why am I in existence? Who am I and what in the world am I doing here!? Excuse me, but I want to know.
If we're all simply energy that's intertwined, then why aren't we all one consciousness? All of the signals in our brains are isolated chemical charges and impulses. If these signals are reduced to being purely matter/energy and chemical charges (and that IS indeed what they are), then why isn't all matter in the universe one awareness? Maybe we're something more. Those are just some questions that I like to ponder in my own head.
Now back to the book...
The book is advertised to Christians because they so strongly believe in a Creator. However, a "creator" means different things to different people. This book didn't really go into ANY Biblical Scripture at all. In my mind, that means that the writer wants to address people of all faiths that there is a God. OK... but that cuts out a whole lot of evidence that is Biblically based.
There is FAR more evidence out there than is told in this book. There is a great deal of evidence supporting Noah's flood, the separation of the continents, a young earth (polonium found in granite, etc).
Just for example, the Old Testament instructed people to wash their hands to prevent illness thousands of years before anyone knew that scientifically, it would. People were looked down upon for washing themselves during the Black Death because the idea was absurd. It was the Jews who survived through most of the Black Death. Later, science turned the standard of the day on its head. They discovered that it was a good idea to wash your hands (can we see some symbolism here?)
In the Book of Job (probably one of the oldest books in the OT), there is an accurate description of the dew of Jobs leg evaporating into the air, then going up to the sky, forming a cloud, then coming down as rain.
How would they have known these things unless the Word was truly God inspired? And what about after they found the Dead Sea scrolls that confirm that current copies of the OT have been un-messed-around with for at least about 3,000 to 4,000 years?
So... by cutting out Biblical evidence, Strobel greatly weakens his argument. Also, since he says that he is going to investigate the issue objectively (meaning, from both sides with no emotional investment), and doesn't, he really hurts himself. The whole book is actually the same argument from about a billion different sides. That argument is this - "we're too complex, so we shouldn't be here". There were a lot of times in the book where I was thinking "Hmm.... Didn't I just read something suspiciously similar to this idea two chapters ago?"
In response to someone else's claim that Biblical prophecy is ambiguous, like horoscopes... that argument is not well founded, according to what we know about history. We must admit to the fact that the prophecies are well established in history and concur with current events that are happening in today's society.
Please also realize that the majority of us are not PhDs in microbiology, physics, etc. The people that we are getting the scientific facts from are those who know so much about the topics they cover that they can skew the facts any way they want and have us intelligent but less educated people believe them, with no way to argue. That goes for both sides of the case.
I think that evolutionists are guilty of not going about this case objectively also. Science is used in reasoning facts out from physical experiments, without the notion that there could be supernatural involvement. If we want to consider the question of whether there is or is not a God, then we must take into consideration the possibility that there could indeed be one.
I think that much has been said on the evolutionist side of things and on the creationist side of things that is regrettable. It would be wonderful for them to come to a consensus, but the truth is that at least one of them has their facts wrong.
We should approach this topic carefully and gently as it is the foundation of many people's lives. We need to approach this topic objectively and with open minds. That's not to say that we can't have beliefs, but we need to able to understand where each other is coming from. Only then will we be able to uncover a truth that is not skewed by personal interest.