A student edition of Lee Strobel?s prize-winning The Case for Faith, created by the same writers, Strobel and Jane Vogel, who produced the popular The Case for Christ--Student Edition.Publishers Description
Is Faith Possible in Today's World? It's not easy to believe in Christianity when there is pain all around you and issues that defy easy explanation. Unless there are answers to the questions you face. Lee Strobel knows how important it is to find answers that ring true. With his background as an award-winning journalist, asking tough questions has been his business. And while his search for the truth convinced Lee that Jesus is real, it also confronted him with some particularly knotty, gut-level questions about Christianity you've likely asked as well: Why is there suffering? Doesn't science disprove miracles? What about hell---and the millions who've never heard of Jesus? Is God unjust? They're the kinds of conundrums that can block---and have blocked---people's faith. But those questions don't have to block yours. Join Lee in a fascinating journey of discovery. You'll gain powerful insights that will reshape your understanding of the Bible. And you'll read true stories about people whose experiences demonstrate that faith in Jesus not only makes excellent sense, it makes a life-changing difference as well.
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|No case for faith, only reinforcement of faith for those weak in faith in Christianity Jan 26, 2007|
|This book was given to me by my cousin who thought I might find faith after hearing the eulogy I gave at my father's funeral a year ago, in which I professed that I do not know if there is a God or not, but that the best we can do is be good people.|
I am agnostic, in that I am fully aware that there is no factual evidence that God exists and that there is no evidence that God does not exist. To be clear - if there was, I am pretty sure it would be widely publicized.
The gift was a loving gesture and I am sincerely appreciative of it.
However, I have several issues with the book. More than I can possibly iterate at this point.
This book does not even mention agnosticism. As the author was educated at Yale, I am sure he must be aware of agnosticism and chose to omit it from his book. I can only presume that it was omitted with a reason, perhaps it was too hard to explain in the face of his assertion that there is evidence for God (see below - all circumstantial and requiring leaps of faith).
Without getting into too many specifics, the evidence he uses in the Case for Faith comes from obviously Christian sources - which are surely biased. This is equivalent to reporting on terrorist acts by only interviewing terrorists. Certainly one's reporting would be validating reasons for such atrocities. To be clear I am only drawing this distinction to make the point - a true investigative reporter would look to include both sides of the story and present facts as opposed to opinion. Had Strobel intended to provide a balanced view, he would have used non-christian scientists and believers of various faiths.
Strobel's statements portend to be fact, but are generally lacking any actual evidence and in some cases are easily determined to be incorrect.
A couple of examples are
1) His statement that Buddhism says there is no God (various sects of Buddhism believe in gods, state there is no Creator God or do not take a stand on the matter) and
2) His statements on lack of evidence for evolution - specifically macroevolution (which is fairly well supported by actual evidence and observation - and believed to be accurate by 99% of biologists).
Regarding evolution, there is actually evidence for macroevolution - although he claims there is none. This is where I have serious problems with the book. In my opinion, the book is more for current believers who need/desire to strengthen their faith, which I believe is a good thing. However, his information lacks factual support and evidence, which to me is a bad thing. I believe that most of the people who would read it would not get to the point of questioning the information in it. If one were to question it, one could easily find their faith destroyed if the information one held to be true (and which subsequently was the basis for faith) is found to be false.
He states that there is evidence for intelligent design; however the evidence he offers is only theory in the colloquial sense - i.e. a guess. The Theory of evolution is a theory in the scientific sense - i.e. supported by on observation and evidence.
Another example is when Strobel quotes "...when it comes right down to it, the only person or thing I know of worth my faith - the only one supported by the evidence of history and archaeology and literature and experience - is Jesus."
The Buddha (meaning one who is awake), or Siddhartha Gautama (his real name), was an actual person, supported by all of the above listed proof of Jesus. Mohammad was also an actual person supported by all of the above.
His 3 reasons for disbelief in reincarnation (for regular people):
1) If James loses 3 pounds, he is still James, if he becomes a grasshopper he is not James - because he is not human
2) Support for past lives - such as memories, are explainable by psychological explanations, lucky guesses, or demonic possession
3) The only expert on this question, Jesus of Nazareth, said it doesn't happen.
1) To believe in resurrection, one must believe that there is a substance which makes us who we are that is not tied to our earthly form. It is not tied to being human, but to existing.
2) How do you discount the possibility that reincarnation exists by asserting that demon possession exists - there is factual evidence for neither.
3) To be in line with this reason, one must already accept the divinity of Jesus and that the resurrection actually happened.
His arguments for the truth of the resurrection (below) are weak and offer no support for the fact, only that people claimed it happened. We should not confuse the fact that Jesus existed with the belief that he was the son of God and specifically that he was reincarnated.
Here are his proof that God exists:
1) God makes sense of the Universe's origin
2) God makes sense of the universe's complexity
3) God makes sense of moral values (his argument is - if there are absolute moral values then God must exists God makes sense of the resurrection (see proof below).
4) God can be immediately experienced.
1) Theories can be used to explain phenomenon that correlate to reality, but are not truly an explanation of reality. One still must take a leap of faith to believe his assertion. While it may explain questions about the universe - how do we know it to be accurate? Put another way, there are other explanations that could wrap up the universe - additionally, one presumes he is speaking of the Christian God and discounting other belief systems.
2) See my first objection. Same point.
3) Science believes in hard observable facts being the basis for making assertions. The basis of scientific fact is that it is able to be recreated by anyone. To take the leap from the fact that there are widely accepted truths to being proof of God requires faith. He gives examples of ideas that most of the civilized world thinks are wrong, and uses them as the basis for absolute moral values. He omits that moral values have changed over time and are evolving. While I do believe that things are wrong, one can easily recognize that they are not always absolute...for example, it is not ok to kill, unless you are in danger - or the other person killed others (presuming you believe in capital punishment).
4) His example here is that you cannot prove the world exists...fair enough, but one can prove there are universally experienced events that we can demonstrate over and over again. For example, we can do a physics experiment and everyone involved will see the same results (barring psychological conditions). While we may not be able to prove that the world exists, we can confirm common experience, which is essentially what the world is...the ground on which we all interact - whether or not that is created in the mind (the example he gives for how the world may not exist is that all of the world may only be in our mind).
Proof Jesus was resurrected:
1) The location of Jesus' burial was widely known and agreed on.
2) The Sunday after his crucifixion the tomb was empty, which is agreed upon by many (or all).
3) Various groups of people experienced appearances of Jesus alive again.
4) The original disciples suddenly and sincerely believe that Jesus was risen from the dead - even enough to die for this belief.
1) This is fact and Jesus did exist. Not sure how it relates to his divinity.
2) This could be explained in several ways, hard to use this as proof of his divinity. One can suppose it is, but it takes a leap of faith - this book is supposed to explain how to have faith - but continually requests we make leaps of faith.
3) Writings of people who claims to experience Jesus can hardly be taken as fact. Other religious text would claim the same about their prophets, gods, etc.
4) The disciples had a vested interest in proclaiming the divinity of Jesus. This is not actual evidence. This is equivalent to stating that the bible is true because it says it is true.
Additionally, Strobel chooses which parts of the bible are literal and which are metaphorical. In dealing with "Objection 5" Strobel notes that the descriptions of Hell in the bible are metaphorical. It is hard to discern how someone can pick and choose which parts of the bible are literal and which are metaphorical. It is convenient to do so when your explanations support your understanding. I am not sure how you justify doing this.
He states that only one religion can be right or God is schizophrenic. One supposes his assertion is that Christianity is the one true religion or God is schizophrenic. This again is a leap of faith. One must also presume that the various religions are not human error in interpreting God's message.
My stand is this, we do not know, and to have faith is great, however by creating a context in which one can have faith by providing erroneous and undeniably false/biased information, a false faith is created.
Faith should be born out of one's desire and belief system. One should not need to discount others because of their faith. To me, doing so indicates weakness in their faith - not strength.
|GOD AND HELL 1/3 OF ANGELS LEFT ARE SUPPOSED ETERNAL HOME WHY? DOESNT MAKE SENSE Jan 16, 2006|
| thought in the courtroom both sides get interviewed well not in this book he only tells of comments by opposing beliefs and interviews the people to reaffirm his believe system! i will give lee strobel some credit by raising some good questions. I would have liked to see him interview an author like IMMANUEL VELIKOVSKY(PASSED AWAY), ZECHARIA SITCHIN AND AHMED OSMAN.What about all the contradictions in the bible for example INCEST ADAM AND EVE/ NOAH AND HIS FAMILY. deutorononmy 27:22, levitcus 20:17 geneisis 20:11-12 geneisis 17:15-16(examples taken from atheists.org)I'AM NOT AN ATHEISTS BUT THEY MAKE GOOD POINTS. one of the comments on how can god kill innocent children and the world is chaotic in the end times can be desponded in IMMANUEL VELIKOSKY WORKS the earth was more chaotic in times past with diseases, floods, earthquakes, comets, tidal waves, mass extinctions (example dinosaurs), meteors (example arizona's large crater)look at the moon and all its craters all threw out history we used too be in extreme chaos alot more than now."GOD IS EVERWHERE IN EVERYTHING CANNOT BE NEAR OR AROUND SIN" THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!! HELL CANNOT BE WHERE GOD IS NOT!HELL DOES NOT EXIST, CAUSE GOD IS EVERYWHERE/IN EVERYTHING AND THE HOLYSPIRIT IS IN CHRISTIANS BUT THEY STILL SIN !GOD CANNOT BE NEAR OR IN SIN HELL IS THE PUNISHMENT, SO TECHNICALLY GOD CANNOT BE IN ANYONE CAUSE WE ALL ARE SUPPOSEDED SINNERS NO ONE IS PERFECT" . THERE IS THE LAW OF THE UNIVERSE= BASICALLY KARMA) THE CHURCH USES SIN TO CONTROL BY GUILT AND FEAR TO KEEP YOU COMING BACK FOR REPENTANCE AND THEN YOU OFFER UP 10% CAUSE ITS THE RIGHT THING TOO DO AND YOU FEEL YOUR GUILT LIFTED/ everyone has opinions if where going too come off SEMI- neutral then lets even it out LEE!!!|
|Strobel's Second Apolgetic Work Continues His Search for Faith Sep 30, 2005|
|Like many American Christians, I was brought to church most Sundays and endured countless sermons and lessons. Despite this seemingly rich education on Christian principles, I never was exposed to a lesson or class on the existence of God; God's existence was assumed as fact. As I matured into my twenties and went to college, the existance of God was no longer taken for granted. I encountered many agnostics and atheists among my many college professors. The net result of their influence was to question my faith. I never lost my faith, but I found it was a faith that could not withstand scrutiny. |
Reading Lee Stobel's "The Case For Faith" continued in me my search for the certainty of my faith. Strobel's book is an excellent place to start investigating the issues that question one's faith. Like in his previous book, "The Case for Christ", Strobel presents interviews with several Christian apologetics that involve issues related to the veracity of the Christian faith.
The issues are as follows:
Can a real living caring God exist in a world filled with evil?
Are the Biblical miracles really true?
Is evolutionary theory enough to explain life on earth?
Is there only one way to GOd - through Jesus?
How can a loving God throw his created people in hell?
Is the church's history, with it's abuses, crusades, and inquistions, a reason not to believe in Christianity?
If I am filled with doubts, can I still be a believer?
Mr. Strobel investigates each issue thoroughly. He approaches the issues as a skeptic who wants to be convinced of the truth. Strobel was once a skeptic himself and his investigative journalism convinced him of the truth of his Christian faith.
If you have questions about your faith, then this is a good starting point for your investigation. There are other books that go into more detail on all the issues raised here, and you may want to purchase these as well for further study. But this is a very good starting point for answering those nagging doubts about your faith in Christianity and one's faith in the person of Jesus.
Most highly recommended.
Jim "Konedog" Koenig
|Great apologetic work for teens! Dec 30, 2004|
|This is a concise book that can be read in less than an hour, but still packs many, many answers to reasons you may have against becoming a Christian. Already being Christian, there were two or so ideas in this book that I felt Strobel did not spend enough time on, but this book is really - in my opinion - meant to spur you on to other works that go into much more detail about certain faith topics. In all, a great book!|
|ok read.. Apr 5, 2003|
|This book has a good/overall message. Strobel focuses mostly on why we need God. I'm not compelled to read the origanal through.|
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