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Review: The case for Christmas: A journalist investigates the identity of the child in the manger


Author: Lee Strobel

Publisher: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan

A journalist with a law degree, Strobel is no stranger to hard-nosed investigation. And as a former agnostic, he knows what it is to question and doubt.

He compares himself with the shepherds who heard about the birth of Jesus and decided to go and find out for themselves.

In the same way, he sets out to come to grips with the ‘reason for the season’ and to separate ‘hard evidence from holiday tradition and sentiment.’

Once he has tracked down academics with good pedigrees, he poses a series of searching questions:

  • Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted?
  • What does archaeology reveal?
  • Did Jesus fulfil the attributes of God?
  • Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah?

He reports in detail on the interviews, his discoveries and his conclusions. He does this in an engaging conversational style, and without becoming bogged down with too many facts. The reader never loses the thread of the argument, but is carried along by his eager and questioning approach.

The Case for Christmas reminds us that the person and claims of Jesus cannot be lightly dismissed, but stand up to rigorous investigation.

Strobel ends with a challenge and an invitation to the reader to respond to Jesus in faith.

This book would make a good addition to the Christmas stockings of friends, colleagues and family members who need more information before they are willing to be convinced about the Good News of Christmas.

Added on 28/02/2009 by Jenni van Wageningen