Meet Lee Strobel

A former atheist and hard-bitten journalist with The Chicago Tribune, in 1980 Lee Strobel began an investigation that would alter the course of his life forever. Observing the transformation in his wife following her conversion to Christianity, he began exploring the evidence supporting the truthfulness of the Christian faith. What he discovered eventually led to his own commitment to Christ in 1981.

Recounting the investigation process, Strobel remarks, "Some people are more experiential - they like to experience things - but because I come from a law background, a legal background, and a journalism background, I tend to respond to facts and evidence. My way of processing my spiritual journey was to ask the question 'Is there any evidence that supports Christianity being true?'"

Lee Strobel knows a good story. More importantly, he knows how to sort through confusing facts and data in order to get to the bottom of the truth. As the former legal affairs editor for The Chicago Tribune, he has sat in courtrooms and police departments and done countless interviews to search out the story and get the facts. Says Strobel, "I proceeded to gather all the evidence pro and con and be as thorough as I can and ask all the tough questions, and then subject them to scrutiny of a skeptic. I determined to remain open and vowed that I would respond to whichever direction the evidence points. I think that is a rational way to behave. That is to say 'If there is convincing evidence, then the most rational and logical thing I could do would be to follow that evidence regardless of which direction it took me.'"

The nearly two-year process led him to the conclusion that the evidence overwhelmingly supports Christianity as being true. It also led him to his current roles as best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and a teaching pastor and writer-in-residence at Saddleback Valley Community Church, one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. At Saddleback he regularly speaks to the 16,000 seekers and Christians at its weekend services.

In 1998 Strobel's investigation formed the basis for the runaway bestseller The Case for Christ. "In this book, I retrace the spiritual journey I took for two years," explains Strobel. "Instead of me reiterating the historical evidence that I found convincing, I went out and interviewed fourteen leading scholars and experts and I posed to them the tough questions I had as a skeptic. I forced them to give cogent and meaningful and convincing answers in terms of whether or not Christianity is indeed reliable. What I find a lot of people do is to get two copies [of the book]. They get one copy for themselves to strengthen their own faith, but then they get one to give to a friend who may be investigating Christianity or may not be a Christian but is open to the faith. This gives them a basis to discuss things and enter into a dialogue about it."

Yet despite this historical evidence, many still struggle with doubts and serious concerns about faith in God. Common questions include "If there is a loving God, why is there so much suffering and evil?", "If Jesus is the only way to heaven, what about the millions who have never heard of Him?" and "Why has God allowed the Church to engage in brutality and hypocrisy?"

In the eagerly anticipated follow-up, The Case For Faith, Strobel once again crisscrossed the country, interviewing those best qualified to address these agonizingly difficult issues and doubts of the heart which can threaten anyone's faith and keep skeptics from belief. Strobel never avoids the toughest questions and refuses to allow simplistic answers that do more harm than good. Rather, he tackles objections currently raised by the most outspoken opponents of Christianity - the most troublesome barriers to faith in the hearts and minds of seekers and skeptics alike, and which are the same questions he himself had when he was an atheist.

The third book in the series, The Case for a Creator, considers the big picture - or perhaps 'the biggest picture' would be a more accurate phrase. From evolutionary icons to the uniqueness of planet Earth, from irreducible complexity to the kalam cosmological argument, Lee gives full rein to his keen analytical mind in addressing these issues and more. Revealing scientific discoveries that point to God as creator, this round of interviews captures reknowned scientists exposing the reality of the universe and how everything fits together as if someone created it specifically as it is.

Lee holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School. Lee is the author of Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary, What Jesus Would Say?, God's Outrageous Claims, The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus, The Case For Faith, Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage (written with wife Leslie), and his newest title The Case for a Creator. 2004 also saw the publication of the booklet The Case for Easter.

Previously a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, Lee and wife Leslie have two grown children and now live in Southern California. SMM update 5/5/4

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