The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
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Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to faith, Lee Strobel, former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools like Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandies who are recognized authorities in their fields. Strobel challenges them with questions like How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual event? Strobel's tough, point-blank questions make this remarkable book read like a captivating, fast-paced novel. But it's not fiction. It's a riveting quest for the truth about history's most compelling figure. What will your verdict be in The Case for Christ?
Didn’t evolution satisfactorily explain how life originated? Doesn’t scientific reasoning dispel belief in the supernatural? As for Jesus, didn’t you know that he never claimed to be God? He was a revolutionary, a sage, an iconoclastic Jew—but God? No, that thought never occurred to him! I could point you to plenty of university professors who said so—and certainly they could be trusted, couldn’t they? Let’s face it: even a cursory examination of the evidence demonstrates convincingly that Jesus
evidence in the case for Christ, stop and assess your conclusions so far. On a scale of zero to ten, with zero being “no confidence” in the essential reliability of the gospels and ten being “full confidence,” where would you rate yourself at this point? What are some reasons you chose that number? For Further Evidence More Resources on This Topic Finegan, Jack. The Archaeology of the New Testament. Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press, 1992. McRay, John. Archaeology and the New Testament.
themselves as a separate people and strongly resisted pagan ideas and rituals.” To me, the most interesting potential parallels were the mythological tales of gods dying and rising. “Aren’t those stories similar to Christian beliefs?” I asked. “While it’s true that some mystery religions had stories of gods dying and rising, these stories always revolved around the natural life cycle of death and rebirth,” Boyd said. “Crops die in the fall and come to life in the spring. People express the
that. Sometimes people can have a psychologically induced illness, and if they get a new purpose for living, a new direction, they don’t need the illness anymore. “The placebo effect? If you think you’re going to get better, you often do get better. That’s a well-established medical fact. And when people came to Jesus, they believed he could heal them, so he did. But the fact remains: regardless of how he did it, Jesus did heal them. “Of course,” he quickly added, “that doesn’t explain all of
leaning back comfortably in his chair. “With few exceptions, it’s just sayings or teachings of Jesus, which once may have formed an independent, separate document. “You see, it was a common literary genre to collect the sayings of respected teachers, sort of as we compile the top music of a singer and put it into a ‘best of’ album. Q may have been something like that. At least that’s the theory.” But if Q existed before Matthew and Luke, it would constitute early material about Jesus. Perhaps,