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The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of ChristThe Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ by Lee Strobel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There were several great gems in this latest “Case” by Lee Strobel – the refutation of the gospel of Thomas at the beginning, the snappy outline of how Christianity didn’t copy from other ancient religions. Both keeper pieces.

There were some eye-opening moments, like the Jesus tradition being a “community effort, not an isolated account running private from one person to the next. Or how James was Jesus’ brother: “If I had a brother who was perfect… I’d hate him!” The Arabic method of determining inspiration via the beauty of the piece was shockingly subjective, though more ridiculous was the one relativist who actually believed the world was flat when people believed that way.

Unfortunately, some of the interviewed scholars resorted to some level of emotionalism and a sense of my-word-versus-the-skeptic’s sort of debate. That should have been amended, even if the chapters must go longer to hold solid evidence. Strobel should have dug deeper.

Overall, though, this was a nice inclusion by Strobel to his popular apologetic series, and I don’t regret buying it. There are great points and good arguments – tainted sometimes with a few hasty judgements.

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