Item description for The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel...
Overview Explores provocative questions about modern scholarship and conspiracy theories that debunk the traditional Christ, inviting readers to evaluate the arguments and evidence presented by Muslim scholars, liberal theologians, and atheists, and reach their own verdict.
Publishers Description Has modern scholarship debunked the traditional Christ? Has the church suppressed the truth about Jesus to advance its own agenda? What if the real Jesus is far different from the atoning Savior worshipped through the centuries? In The Case for the Real Jesus, former award-winning legal editor Lee Strobel explores such hot-button questions as:* Did the church suppress ancient non-biblical documents that paint a more accurate picture of Jesus than the four Gospels?* Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early New Testament texts?* Do new insights and explanations finally disprove the resurrection?* Have fresh arguments disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah?* Did Christianity steal its core ideas from earlier mythology?Evaluate the arguments and evidence being advanced by prominent atheists, liberal theologians, Muslim scholars, and others. Sift through expert testimony. Then reach your own verdict in The Case for the Real Jesus.
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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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Another deep dive into biblical historicity Aug 17, 2007
'The Case for the Real Jesus' is one of the best books I've ever read on the subject of whether Jesus Christ was or was not, who he claimed to be. I was not aware that there was so much historical evidence surrounding this claim. Thanks to Lee Strobel for yet another deep dive into biblical historicity!
It's the evidence not the agenda! Aug 17, 2007
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Christian apologist and writer (I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist)who is a friend of Lee Strobel. Yes, I have an agenda just like every author who claims to write non-fiction. Lee Strobel has an agenda, and so do the atheist critics who dismiss his work. But that doesn't mean that what Lee or a critic writes is false or biased. People can present evidence objectively even if they personally are not neutral (I've noticed that neutral people rarely have the interest or expertise to write books!).
Unfortunately, many of Lee's critics claim that Lee's work cannot be trusted simply because he has some kind of Christian agenda. This is a fallacy that, if true, would swing a sword cutting both ways-- if you can't trust Lee because he has a Christian agenda, then you can't trust his critics because they have an atheist agenda. All authors have agendas, and all authors believe what they write! The issue is not the agenda, but the evidence!
The survivors of the Holocaust certainly had an agenda when they wrote about its horrors. Does that necessarily mean that we cannot trust them? Of course not. In fact, their experiences may have caused them to be all the more accurate and meticulous so as not to risk the dismissal of the message they cared passionately about.
If you know Lee Strobel, he takes the accurate and meticulous route when writing a book. As in his previous "Case" books, Lee covers complicated topics honestly, and in a very readable and comprehensive way. When interviewing Christian scholars, Lee plays the part of a skeptic: he asks the kinds of questions and offers the kind of objections that real skeptics write about in their books-- people such as Bart Ehrman, Richard Carrier, and several "Jesus Seminar" proponents.
Critics complain that Lee should really interview those people, but why? Their thoughts are already in their books. Lee's job is to see if their thoughts are credible by interviewing Christian scholars with an opposing view. As usual, Lee plays devil's advocate brilliantly. It's as if the skeptics are asking the questions themselves. So who cares who's asking the skeptic's questions? They are asked and answered, and you, dear reader, are left to judge whether or not their answers make sense. I think they make great sense.
One of the best things about "The Case for the Real Jesus" is that Lee addresses the hottest alternative Jesus theories of the day. You'll read about the so-called Jesus tomb, the charge that the manuscripts can't be trusted, and the claim that Christianity was copied from pagan resurrection myths (among other topics). This is the one book that will give you the bottom line on all of those alternative theories-- a bottom line that once again reveals that the most reasonable conclusion is that Jesus of Nazareth really did rise from the dead for your sins and mine.
So let me reveal my agenda-- I can't recommend this book more highly. I think you ought to buy "The Case for The Real Jesus" and be enlightened by its outstanding evidence.
Powerful response to increasing attacks on the historical Jesus Aug 15, 2007
This powerful book is a must-read for real answers to the growing number of attacks on the Jesus of history. Based on interviews with world-class authorities and scholars, this book responds to the challenges of The Gospel of Judas, the so-called Jesus tomb, various claims about the gnostic gospels and other "lost books of the Bible," attempts to discredit the historic record of the resurrection of Christ, etc., etc.
You can tell how important this book is by how riled up some of the people are who are attacking it. Don't take their word for it -- read it and decide for yourself. I did, and I believe Strobel's evidence is compelling and convincing for those with open minds.
Food for thought Aug 14, 2007
The Case for the real Jesus By Lee Strobel Pre release copy. Before I became a Christian (in 2005) I used to read all the books that agreed with what I then believed. You know the ones, the Richard Dawkins types. Then I thought, "Hmmm, I've read loads of evidence AGAINST religion, why don't I read some evidence for it. That should be funny!" I simply thought that an intelligent case for ANY religion was impossible. So I looked at all the major faiths, Islam, Buddhism, Hindu and even the Jehovah's witness', Judaism and then finally Christianity. I discovered that when one is able to take on board the evidence from both sides, then and only then can one reach a fair conclusion.
The Case for the real Jesus is a book that offers a fair and intelligent look at evidence both for and against the real Jesus. It quite easily dispels a lot of the myths surrounding Jesus, His life and His teachings. It even points out a few "error's" within the Bible and explains how and why they are there.
It looks into the claims of popular fiction authors, such as Dan Brown with his Da Vinci Code and quite easily lays those fictitious claims to rest.
This is a book I couldn't put down. I thrilled whilst reading every page, experiencing dozens of, what I call "A-Haaa!" moments.
Lee interviews several experts on the subjects raised within the book, he asks the difficult questions that I used to throw at Christians. He doesn't let these experts off easily, and they make their case wonderfully.
This book will help any Christian solidify their faith, and let non-Christians read the "True" evidence about Christ. The great thing about this book is that whilst explaining how and why some of the popular myths are propagated in today's society, it explains away those very myths quite easily.
Obviously there will always be bigots (like I was-look up the meaning of Bigot!!) that will still refuse to accept what is plainly there for them to see, instead they will only see the evidence that leads to the conclusion they want...& not the truth.
I loved this book and the way it opened my eyes to details I wasn't even aware of.
This is Lee's best book to date...in my opinion. A great read. Daniel L Potts. (UK)
The Best Aug 8, 2007
This guy is the best - anti-Christians don't like him because he shines light on the truth. Jesus has risen and he is the GOD-MAN. Peace