reply to post by NOTurTypical
"The Case for the Real Jesus", Lee Strobel. You can get a paperback on amazon for less than 5$ I think.
Today I looked up Lee Strobel, and watched his public lecture in which he is hawking this book.
I didn't investigate HIM first, I just watched the video.
What I see is a man who was guilt-ridden and had spent his life acting like a jerk, who calls himself a journalist and lawyer. That part - about him
studying law at Yale - made me think of the Yale Professor in the video I posted who, confronted with the Gospels of Thomas, says, "What? What does
Yeah, so much for a Yale education in law. Law professors are unable to grasp the deeper, philosophical, mystical, ineffability of a "God" that is
beyond our capability to fully grasp except as this wondrous thing that we can't grasp.
Now, for his having been a "legal editor at the Chicago Tribune" - too many journalists (and we here on ATS know this!
, perhaps, more
thoroughly than some of our peers) spin, doctor, and gloss over items. Strobel is clearly using a sales approach; and yes, in his lecture I heard
some of the points that you, NuT, have made here many times. None of which are substantiated.
Okay. But, I continued on listening to him, trying to be neutral and pretend I didn't know anything about Jesus, and hadn't read far more qualified
scholars such as Karen Armstrong and Dr Hassnain, giving Strobel the benefit of the doubt as on "equal footing" with them and others.....
at the end, I was still struck only by how a guilt-ridden, jerk managed to clean up his act by CHOOSING to ignore quite astute research, and CHOOSING
to believe very dubious sources instead.
Which, for what it accomplished in HIS LIFE, is good enough FOR HIM, and great. He's now a nice RICH GUY, who thinks he's a standup comic
preacher-come-author and can be paralleled with Alex Jones (in my opinion).
Last, though, after all those thoughts and reactions/responses to his lecture, I went to Google and looked critiques of LEE STROBEL in general and
this "book" of his. Here is what I found, first try:
Let me say this: the works of Lee Strobel are one of the things that crystallized my atheism. As a Christian, as an argument for
Jesus/Christianity/theism, I think he has absolutely no credibility; as a person, I think he has absolutely no scruples. Here’s my case:
Please understand that I say this because I think Christians should put their best arguments forward. I think it’s unfair, for example, to tar all
Christians with having to defend Fred Phelps, and I bristle when atheists suggest that there’s no difference between Phelps and any other Christian.
Of course there is.
So let me be clear: I do not think Christianity is false because Strobel is a liar. I do, however, think that Christians should be aware of the fact
that Strobel is a liar, and I think that Christians should not commend his books to seekers.
Now, where’s my proof? Bear with me — this will take a while.
and it proceeds to show how one of his primary "sources" - Vardaman - is considered a crackpot and has NEVER, EVER produced these so-called "coins"
with their teeny-tiny writing.
Also how he was corrected during an interview and years later STILL used this totally sketchy "source" as being accurate.
It's a sales pitch, unsubstantiated, based on conjecture and misleading "scholarship." So, sorry, my friend, but Lee Strobel is not a "scholar".
He's a salesman, a preacher, a wanna-be comic, and a liar. But, I suppose if his ludicrous version of how things happened makes some people stop
acting like jerks, and makes them feel less guilty and "forgiven" then...well, whatever.
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