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The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

Lee Strobel / 2004 / Paperback

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From evolutionary icons to the uniqueness of planet Earth, from irreducible complexity to the kalam cosmological argument, Lee Strobel gives full rein to his keen analytical mind in addressing these issues and more. But don't expect an inaccessible tome of arcane scientific terms; Strobel's years of newspaper reporting give the book a conversational style. Relying on transcriptions of his interviews with experts in the pertinent fields, he tells the incredible stories about the hard science behind what some have termed creationism. Extensively researched, this book should be a classic apologetic text for years to come.

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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Lee Strobel
Publication Date: 2004
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A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God 'My road to atheism was paved by science . . . But, ironically, so was my later journey to God.'---Lee Strobel During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant---or so Strobel thought. But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason. Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe. Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you'll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence in The Case for a Creator. Mass market edition available in packs of six.

Author Bio

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. SPANISH BIO: Lee Strobel tiene una licenciatura en periodismo de la Universidad de Missouri y una maestria en estudio de leyes de la Universidad Yale. Fue el galardonado editor legal del periodico Chicago Tribune y esceptico espiritual hasta el ano 1981. Es autor de exitos de ventas del New York Times de casi veinte libros y ha sido entrevistado por numerosos programas nacionales de television, incluyendo 20/20 de la cadena ABC, Fox News y CNN. Cuatro de sus libros han ganado el premio Medalla de oro y uno de ellos fue el ganador del premio Libro cristiano del ano 2005 (el cual escribio junto a Garry Poole). Lee sirvio como pastor de ensenanza en las Iglesias Willow Creek y Saddleback. Ademas, contribuye como editor y columnista de la revista 'Outreach'. el y su esposa, Leslie, residen en Colorado. Para mas informacion, visite: www.leestrobel.com

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Strobel, whose apologetics titles The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith have enjoyed strong popularity among evangelicals, approaches creation/evolution issues in the same simple and energetic style. The format will be familiar to readers of previous Case books: Strobel visits with scholars and researchers and works each interview into a topical outline. Although Strobel does not interview any "hostile" witnesses, he exposes readers to the work of some major origins researchers (including Jonathan Wells, Stephen Meyer and Michael Behe) and theistic philosophers (including William Lane Craig and J. P. Moreland). Strobel claims no expertise in science or metaphysics, but as an interviewer he makes this an asset, prodding his sources to translate jargon and provide illustrations for their arguments. At times, the interview format loses momentum as seams begin to show between interview recordings, rewrites, research notes and details imported from his subjects' CVs (here, Strobel's efforts at buffing his subjects' smart-guy credentials can become a little too intense). The most curious feature of the book-not uncommon in the origins literature but unusual in a work of Christian apologetics-is that biblical narratives and images of creation, and the significance of creation for Christian theology, receive such brief mention. Still, this solid introduction to the most important topics in origins debates is highly accessible and packs a good argumentative punch. Forecast: Strobel's books The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith won Gold Medallion awards and sold into the seven figures. This month, also watch for his The Case for Easter to argue for the historical authenticity of the Resurrection Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

'...Strobel exposes the shortcomings of Darwin's theory of evolution quite effectively...Strobel insists that with a fresh examination of the evidence which science now presents, Darwin's theory of evolution is no longer reasonable. There are too many gaps, unexplained hypotheses and conceptual flaws...This is an excellent book for those who wish to think seriously through the theory of evolution, and for those who continue to wrestle with Christianity's claims for a creator God. It is well written, the documentation is verifiable and Strobel's skills as a journalist and lawyer are self-evident in the book's composition...' -- Christian Week -- Prince George, B.C.


'...While the subject matter is complicated and 'heavy in the head,' Strobel presents the information in a highly fluid, conversational manner. While science may not have discovered God, he finds that science is giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of the universe.' -- Carroll County News -- Alan Long (CNN Faith Editor

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    This book was an eye opener for me. It opened doors to many other authers I have now become familiar with. Recommended to everyone.
  2. Salem, IL
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    science and Biblical teaching support each other
    March 15, 2013
    Wayne S. Walker
    Salem, IL
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    Lee Strobel grew up in a nominally religious home, but the nearly universal teaching of Darwinian evolution in his educational experience, beginning in high school biology and throughout college, led him to become an atheist. However, after the Yale-educated law journalist's wife was converted to Christ, he began to rethink the foundations of his unbelief, embarking upon the adventure of a lifetime by using his talents as an investigative journalist to examine the facts. I purchased all of Strobel's major books, including The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith in a combined edition and The Case for the Real Jesus, but decided to start with what I would consider "the beginning," The Case for a Creator. After all, the Bible opens with the statement, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

    After writing about his own background, influenced by images of Darwinism yet eventually developing doubts, Strobel interviews scientific experts in several fields—cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry, biological information, and consciousness—to show how their studies provide astonishing evidence for creation rather than purely naturalistic evolution. To be honest, this book sometimes borders on the academic, delving into subjects which would be far beyond the comprehension of most people, including myself. However, Strobel does try to translate the language of the scientists and philosophers he interviews into more popular style so that it can be more readily understood by those without scientific training. Each chapter also contains suggestions for further reading on particular issues of science and faith.

    Of course, rabid atheists will dismiss Strobel's work with a wave of the hand as nothing more than a biased attempt to bolster a dubious claim that is based only on mythology to begin with. One person said something to the effect that all Strobel did was interview creation scientists to prove creationism. However, the scientists whom he interviewed are not "creation scientists" but primarily proponents of Intelligent Design, and there is a difference. The book accepts, at least on the surface, the idea of "the Big Bang" and a billions-of-years existence for the universe, so there will be disagreement on certain points. I realize that some tension exists between young earth creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design, but even as a young earth creationist myself I believe that the two groups have common cause. Strobel concludes that, when correctly interpreted, science and biblical teaching support each other and quotes physicist Paul Davies who says, "_science offers a surer path to God than religion." With much of what passes for "religion" these days, he may be right.
  3. Bend, OR
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    Easy to understand. . .
    December 30, 2011
    Devon Haglund
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    After reading a couple books on Intelligent Design, I thought this would be a good place to continue. The interviews were very informing and covered a broad range of arguments for ID (Cosmological, fine-tuning of physics, being a privileged planet, biochemistry, origin of life, and consciousness arguments) along with an interview with Jonathan Wells to debunk some of the common "proofs" of evolution (some-what like a summary of his book, Icons of Evolution).

    Like in The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel listens to the expert, and then puts forth objections from himself and other skeptics. This part of each interview was especially helpful because it answered some of the questions I have had regarding their works.

    The content itself was pretty easy to grasp, much easier than, say, Icons of Evolution. I must warn you, the book does not cover any arguments about the age of the earth. They merely assume it is billions of years old. I don't really have a problem with that, but, as you can see in a few of the other reviews, some people do.

    If you are trying to learn more about ID, this is an awesome resource.
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    Meets all my espectations and more.
    June 16, 2011
    littleshoes
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    I have already recommended THE CASE FOR A CREATOR to my bible study group, my family and friends. What an unexpected and eventful read. I wish everyone would read this book.
  5. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    March 29, 2010
    Anthony Shuler
    This book wasn't all bad but it's fitting that it's called "The Case for A Creator" and not "The Case for THE Creator." This book has a blatant liberal view of creation that contradicts The Bible. Obviously it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the instant creation of the universe via a big bang with the sun and celestial bodies coming before the earth such as Strobel and his associates in this book advocate is not consistent with the 6 day creation of the universe with the earth before the sun and celestial bodies advocated by Genesis. If I accept "The Case for a Creator" as fact then "The Case for Christ" is irrelevant because you can't reasonably believe in Christ if you reject The Bible. And if "The Case for a Creator" is correct The Bible is wrong. This book is definitely anti-biblical thus the low rating. Strobel has written some great books but this is not one of them.
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