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The Case for Faith

Lee Strobel (Zondervan: Oct 1, 2000), 304 pages.

Ex-newspaperman Strobel’s Christian apologetics read like feature interviews in the religion pages rather than a theological treatise. To knock down what he calls "the Big Eight" roadblocks to faith, he questions experts about them rather than logically bulldozing his way to solutions. He grills Catholic lay philosopher Peter Kreeft about the problem of evil, Indian-born evangelist Ravi Zacharias about Christian exclusivism, historian John Woodbridge about oppression in the name of Christ, and other authorities about the truth of miracles, God’s callousness in the Hebrew Bible, the justice of Hell, the challenge of evolution, and the struggle with persistent doubt. Kreeft and Woodbridge are Strobel’s least doctrinaire interlocutors. The others, staunch evangelicals all, may interest fewer readers, though Zacharias on the exclusivisms of the other major religions touches on matters Americans too rarely hear discussed. ~ Ray Olson for Booklist

Table of Contents

    • Introduction:The Challenge of Faith
    • On the Road to Answers
    • Objection #1: Since Evil and Suffering Exist, a Loving God Cannot
    • Objection #2: Since Miracles Contradict Science, They Cannot Be True
    • Objection #3: Evolution Explains Life, So God Isn’t Needed
    • Objection #4: God Isn’t Worthy of Worship If He Kills Innocent Children
    • Objection #5: It’s Offensive to Claim Jesus Is the Only Way to God
    • Objection #6: A Loving God Would Never Torture People in Hell
    • Objection #7: Church History Is Littered with Oppression and Violence
    • Objection #8: I Still Have Doubts, So I Can’t Be a Christian
    • Conclusion: The Power of Faith
    • Appendix: A Summary of The Case for Christ
    • List of Citations
    • Notes
    • Index
    • Acknowledgments
    • About the Author