The Case for Christ - Lee Strobel

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  1. Ben W

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    I recently had the opportunity to read this book which looks at whether or not the claims made by Christians about Christ can be proven in a court of law. The book overwhelmingly makes a "Case for Christ". The author was an athiest who undertook this study to prove that Christianity was a hoax yet came to a startling conclusion that the overwhelming evidence came out in favour of the ressurection of Jesus.

    I really enjoyed the book to the point that it became one of those that I could nor put down until I got it finished, I could certainly reccomend it to anyone and I hope to get a few additional copies to lend to people that are in the athiest camp, as I think they might well be in for quite the shock! [​IMG]
     
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    I liked it to .I to couldn;t put it down .
    Also "Case for Faith" is good .
     
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    I've read them both and found myself sobbing at times. I highly recommend these books.
     
  4. David M Walker

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    This book spoke to me many years ago and helped me get serious about my faith. Great book.


    jman
     
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    Both excellent. The new one, "Case for a Creator," is good too.
     
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    The author has a weekly program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV.
     
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    I didn;t know he was on Pax ? Thanks .
     
  9. David M Walker

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    Yes, great show.
     
  10. David M Walker

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    Faith Under Fire with Lee Strobel
    Faith Under Scrutiny
    (Episode 123)
    Broadcast Saturday, April 30, 2005
    With this Saturday’s program, we break new ground on Faith Under Fire. For the
    first time, we have a single topic for the entire show: The Future of Faith. The
    discussion I have with New Age physician and author Dr. Deepak Chopra and
    Christian apologist Greg Koukl is so dynamic and powerful that we decided to
    dedicate the full hour to it. As you can see from this week’s study questions,
    there is a lot to discuss on this topic! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this
    program … just go to the comments section at www.faithunderfire.com.
    Lee Strobel
    Discussion Questions written by Garry Poole
    SEGMENT: THE FUTURE OF FAITH
    Featuring Dr. Deepak Chopra, physician, New Age spiritualist, and best-selling
    author of The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, The Book of Secrets, The Path
    to Love, and his latest, Peace is the Way; and Greg Koukl, founder and
    president of Stand to Reason, a Christian apologetics organization, and the
    author of Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air.
    1. How relevant are traditional religions in the 21st Century? To what extent
    do you think we need a new understanding of religion and faith?
    2. What do you think are the most important spiritual questions religion
    should be able to answer? Explain your answer.
    3. Where do you think the world is headed spiritually? Where do you think
    the world should be headed spiritually? Give reasons for your responses.
    4. To what extent is religion really a part of the problem in today’s world? To
    what extent is it a part of the solution?
    5. Dr. Deepak Chopra believes we all have a deep spiritual hunger, but that
    traditional religions do not satisfactorily answer the most important
    questions we have. Do you agree or disagree with Chopra? Why?
    6. Greg Koukl believes whatever was true about God 100 years ago is going
    to remain true today. Do you agree with Koukl? Why or why not?
    7. Chopra states that it’s impossible to conceptualize God, and that any
    concept of God is limited because concepts by their nature are limited. Do
    you agree with Chopra? Why or why not?
    8. Koukl states that God is someone we can relate to personally, not some
    kind of “a cosmic floating battery.” Do you believe God is a personal
    being? Why or why not?
    9. Do you think it’s possible to really know, beyond any doubt, what is true?
    Explain.
    10. Koukl states that people who believe it’s impossible to know what’s true
    actually think they know what is true. What is your reaction to Koukl’s
    statement?
    11. What is the difference between expressing one’s views and imposing
    one’s views?
    12. Do you think that one of the root causes of world conflict and war is the
    attitude of people in power who believe too strongly that their views on
    religion are correct?
    13. Chopra believes that Jesus Christ was a messenger of God, but not the
    only messenger of God. Do you agree with Chopra? Why or why not?
    14. How important is it to accurately understand what Jesus said and what he
    meant by what he said?
    15. Koukl believes there are consequences to our religious beliefs. What are
    the consequences, if any, of religious beliefs?
    16. Chopra states he is able to embrace his uncertainty while Koukl is not.
    What does it mean to embrace one’s uncertainty? Are you willing and able
    to embrace your uncertainty?
    17. What do you think is meant by the phrase “the wisdom of uncertainty”?
    18. Chopra defines faith as a willingness to embrace uncertainty and a
    willingness to face the unknown. Koukl defines faith as a trust in
    something you have good reason to believe is true. Does either of these
    definitions resonate with you? How do you define faith?
    19. To what extent do you think beliefs create reality?
    20. Three fundamental questions of life are: “Who am I? Where did I come
    from? Why am I here?” How would you answer these three questions?
    © Copyright 2005 by Lee Strobel
     
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    I like his books, but ever since I saw Lee Strobel's interview with Hugh Hefner, I don't care much for him, personally.
     
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    What about the interview offended you? I haven't seen it.
     
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    He ambushed the guy and was rude and aggressive, where he had given Hef the impression that this was going to be a friendly discussion.

    By the end, it was obvious that Hef felt that he had been set up [offensive language snipped]. I don't blame him a bit. I believe he was sandbagged, too.

    I think Strobel just had it in his head that this was his big chance to immortalize himself to the Christian community by going after what many Christians would see as an easy target.

    [ May 05, 2005, 11:33 AM: Message edited by: Dr. Bob ]
     
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    Oh ok. That isn't very fair. Oh well, we all make mistakes.
     
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    I am wondering why Hugh Hefner, one of the most insidious forces for evil in our generation, is being defended and Strobel maligned?

    No one man personifies the filth that BEGAN with him and continues to this day. I've watched many of the shows and Strobel is hard-nosed to EVERY enemy of the cause of Christ. Loud, strong words, hardly let them get a word in edgewise sometimes.

    He should have used the phrase "burn in hell" a few times. Old Hef is a "good ol' boy" to many, but ambushing him? Hardly. He's been interviewed by hostile programs and his porn empire will survive.
     
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    It is still a bit rude to set someone up. If Strobel seemed to imply that the interview would not be hostile, then being hostile is not acceptable unless provoked by Hefner.

    Who honestly expects anything from Hefner? Strobel, on the other hand, is one person from whom we expect something, because he is a Christian. If indeed he seemed to be deceptive about the intentions of his interview, he was indeed in the wrong. The object of his interview is irrelevant.

    However, I do not know for sure about what exactly happened, so I can't truly make any final statement on the matter.
     
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    Why do you call him "Hef"?

    You sound like a supporter or a friend.

    Mike: I would be interested in your reply to "I am wondering why Hugh Hefner, one of the most insidious forces for evil in our generation, is being defended and Strobel maligned?"

    dmw
     
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    I saw the interview and felt quite the opposite as you. Hefner is a celebrity. I am sure he has had to deal with a lot tougher interviewers.
     
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    Notice that I've never defended what Hugh Hefner does and it's not fair of you to imply that I did.

    What I said was that he was treated unfairly, and he was.

    Nor did I ever "malign" Lee Strobel. I simply took exception to his actions.

    Not only were they not the actions of a credible journalist, which he claims to have been, they were disingenuous and misleading, which I believe is unbecoming to a Christian.
     
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    I thought about calling him "Steve", but since that's not his name, I didn't think anyone would know who I was talking about.

    Not really.

    I find him a fascinating cultural figure and, as much as I may disagree with his views on sexuality and morality, I can't help but get the feeling that he is, down deep, a well meaning, albeit grossly misguided, individual.

    That's the extent of it.

    And, yes, I'm sure this will be twisted to say that I support pornography.

    Since I've neither defended Hefner, nor maligned Strobel, what is there for me to reply to?
     

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