The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity by Lee Strobel is a fantastic read. The book attempts to provide insight into eight objections to the Christian faith. The book addresses each of the eight issues with the insight of experts in each area. The experts are Christians although most of them were atheistic for a portion of their lives. Strobel does a good job at providing insight to the objections in the book, but he certainly does not refute any argument completely. Each of the issues in the book could be debated and cross examined so much that it would easily take a lifetime for a person to get a complete grasp of any particular issue.
Since Evil and Suffering Exist, a Loving God Cannot
Since Miracles Contradict Science, They Cannot Be True
Evolution Explains Life, So God Isn’t Needed
God Isn’t Worthy of Worship If He Kills Innocent Children
It’s Offensive to Claim Jesus Is the Only Way to God
A Loving God Would Never Torture People in Hell
Church History Is Littered with Oppression and Violence
I Still Have Doubts, So I Can’t Be a Christian
The last chapter of the book does an excellent job at summing up the main points while also putting all of these aspects of debate into perspective.
I feel there is one major point that must be taken away after reading the book. Even tough each aspect cannot be fully explained or understand to complete satisfaction, the overwhelming evidence in so many different aspect of Christianity point to its validity. Getting hung up on a particular aspect diverts attention from the main point of Christianity which is a relationship with Jesus, God Himself. We are only finite beings attempting to grasp an infinite world; physical, limited creatures trying to understand the spiritual realm through physical analogies; powerless entities trying to comprehend a omnipotent and omniscient God. It is impossible for us to understand all or even most of the “whys” things are they way they are, but through faith and trust in God, we are at peace knowing we don’t have to. That is God’s area of responsibility, and mine is to “love the Lord with all my heart, mind, soul, and might and my neighbor as myself.”
I would like to quote one excerpt and let it speak for itself.
He reached over and dug through a stack of papers on his desk, withdrawing a single sheet. “This is a handout I gave to the students in my class,” he said. I took the paper and read the words:
Next Tuesday morning, just after breakfast, all of us in this one world will be knocked to our knees by a percussive and ear-shattering thunderclap. Snow swirls, leaves drop from the trees, the earth heaves and buckles, buildings topple and towers tumble. The sky is ablaze with an eerie silvery light, and just then, as all the people of this world look up, the heavens open, and the clouds pull apart, revealing an unbelievingly radiant and immense Zeus-like figure towering over us like a hundred Everests. He frowns darkly as lightening plays over the features of his Michelangeloid face, and then he points down, at me, and explains for every man, woman, and child to hear, “I’ve had quite enough of your too-clever logic chipping and word-watching in matters of theology. Be assured, Norwood Russell Hanson, that I most certainly do exist!”
“So,” said Willard, “I asked the class, ‘If this really happened, how would Hanson respond?'”
I said, “You think he’d explain it away.”
“Absolutely!” Willard replied. “It’s unfortunate, but I think he’d explain it away. We need to be alert to the fact that, in nearly every case imaginable, answered prayer can be explained away if you want to. And that’s what people normally do. They say, ‘Well, I’m very smart; I can’t be fooled by all these things.'”