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Lee Strobel
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Born January 25, 1952 (1952-01-25) (age 64)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Nationality United States
Writing period Current
Genres Religion
Subjects Christian apologetics
Spouse(s) Leslie
Children Kyle, Alison
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Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952 in Arlington Heights, Illinois) is a writer, creationist and Christian apologist and a former journalist and megachurch pastor. He is the author of several books, including four ECPA Christian Book Award honorees and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity.[1] Strobel also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV,[2] and runs a video apologetics web site.

Biography

Strobel received a journalism degree from University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School,[3] becoming a journalist for the The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers for fourteen years. Strobel has stated he was an atheist before he converted to Christianity.[4] Strobel was a teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, from 1987 to 2000, and of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California from 2000 to 2002, before shifting his focus to his writing and producing his TV show.[5] He continues to speak periodically at both churches and has been a board member of the Willow Creek Association. In 2007, Strobel was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Southern Evangelical Seminary in recognition of his contributions to the field of Christian apologetics.[6]

His daughter, Alison, is a novelist.[5]

Books

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The Case for a Creator

The Case for a Creator consists of interviews with intelligent design advocates and Christian apologists who argue for the existence of a creator. The advocates interviewed in the chapters and their topic(s) of discussion are as follows:

Critics of this book accuse it of bias, which they assert is contrary to the book's own claims of being neutral and scientifically rigorous.[7][8] Paul Doland commented that Strobel portrays himself as a skeptic who would ensure a balanced perspective on the issue, but no scientists who oppose intelligent design were interviewed in the book[7] and that the book claims to investigate scientific evidence for a creator, but most of the interviewees have their doctorates in philosophy or theology, rather than science.[7] The book was the recipient of a 2005 ECPA Christian Book Award in missions and evangelism.[9]

Other books

Strobel says that he wrote Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary to "help advance your understanding of unchurched people so that your evangelistic efforts and the efforts of your church might become more effective." It contains insights based upon his own experiences as a self-proclaimed former atheist, and upon psychological research, on why people avoid Christianity.[10] The book was the recipient of a 1994 ECPA Gold Medallion Book Award in missions and evangelism.[11]

The Case for Christ is described by Strobel as a retracing and expansion of the spiritual journey he undertook in becoming a Christian. It contains a summary of Strobel's interviews with thirteen leading evangelical Christian scholars, Craig Blomberg, Bruce Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, John McRay, Gregory Boyd, Ben Witherington III, Gary Collins, D.A. Carson, Louis Lapides, Alexander Metherell, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, and J. P. Moreland, in which they provide answers with which Strobel defends the historical reliability of the New Testament. No expert holding views skeptical of the historicity of the New Testament was interviewed.[12] The book was the recipient of a 1999 Gold Medallion Book Award in missions and evangelism.[13] Earl Doherty wrote and self-published a book entitled Challenging the Verdict: A Cross-Examination of Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ", in which he challenges Strobel's conclusions.[14]

The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity offers replies to eight concerns people have regarding Christianity. It covers the problem of evil, the contradiction between miracles and science, whether God is worthy of worship if he kills innocent children, whether Jesus is the only way to God, the problem of Hell, the church's history of oppression and violence, and whether it is possible to be a Christian if you still have doubts.[15] The book was the recipient of a 2001 Gold Medallion Book Award in missions and evangelism.[16]

The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ presents a number of counter-arguments to challenges to the evangelical Christian view of Jesus and his message. Strobel addresses differences between how Jesus is portrayed in the non-canonical gospels versus the four canonical gospels, whether the Bible's portrayal of Jesus has been tampered with by the church, new explanations that refute Jesus' resurrection, whether Christianity's portrayal of Jesus was drawn from pagan religions, whether Jesus fulfils messianic prophecies, and whether contemporary people should be able to choose what to believe about Jesus.[17]

Experiencing the Passion of Jesus was co-written with Garry Poole as a discussion guide for Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ.[18] The book was the recipient of the 2005 ECPA Christian Book of the Year award.[19]

Bibliography

  • Reckless Homicide? Ford's Pinto Trial (1980) ISBN 0-89708-022-X
  • Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary (1993) ISBN 0310375614
  • What Jesus Would Say (1994) ISBN 0310485118
  • God's Outrageous Claims (1998) ISBN 0310266122
  • The Case for Christ, September 1, 1998, Zondervan, ISBN 0310226058
  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity, October 1, 2000, Zondervan, ISBN 0310220157
  • Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage (2002) ISBN 0310220149
  • The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God (2004), Zondervan, ISBN 0310263867
  • The Case for Easter: Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection (2004), Zondervan, ISBN 0310254752
  • Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (2004), with Garry Poole, Zondervan, ISBN 0310263751
  • The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger (2005), Zondervan, ISBN 0310254760
  • Discussing the Da Vinci Code : Exploring the Issues Raised by the Book and Movie (2006) ISBN 0310272637
  • The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ September 10, 2007, Zondervan, ISBN 031024210X

Children's apologetics series

References

  1. Smith, Lisa (2007-09-12). "Author digs deeper to defend Christianity". Daily Herald. http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=36131. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  2. Falsani, Cathleen (2004-10-01). "Ex-reporter still asking tough questions on 'Faith Under Fire'". Chicago Sun-Times. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20041001/ai_n12567576. Retrieved 2007-11-15. 
  3. Biography on The Unexpected Adventure page
  4. Barry, JD (2009). "Investigative Bible Study: Lee Strobel on Engaging a Pluralistic World". Bible Study Magazine: 10–14. http://www.biblestudymagazine.com. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 About Lee Strobel
  6. "Lee Strobel". http://www.outreachconvention.com/LeeStrobel.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Another Case Not Made: A Critique of Lee Strobel's The Case for a Creator (2005), Paul Doland
  8. Callahan, Tim. No Case At All, Skeptic, June 22, 2005.
  9. 2005 Christian Book Awards Winners – Missions/Evangelism category
  10. Christianbook.com Product Description
  11. 1994 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners – Missions/Evangelism category
  12. Review of Lee Strobel The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus, Jeffery Jay Lowder, Philo 2 (1999), pp. 89-102
  13. 1999 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners – Missions/Evangelism category
  14. Challenging the Verdict: A Cross-Examination of Lee Strobel's "The Case for Christ", Earl Doherty, 2001, Age of Reason Publications, Canada, ISBN 0968925901
  15. "ChristianBooks.com Contents page scan". http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product_slideshow?sku=20158&actual_sku=20158&slide=2. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  16. 2001 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners – Missions/Evangelism category
  17. Publishers Weekly Nonfiction Reviews: Week of 7/23/2007
  18. Christianbook.com Product Description
  19. ECPA Announces 2005 Gold Medallion Book Award Winners

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