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The Case Against the Case for Christ: A New Testament Scholar Refutes the Reverend Lee Strobel

The Case Against the Case for Christ: A New Testament Scholar Refutes the Reverend Lee Strobel


Lee Strobel arguably is now the leading apologist in America for evangelical, fundamentalist, benighted forms of Christianity. Although not an authority himself in any of the fields in which he defends his faith, he has produced a series of best-selling The Case For… books in which he consults alleged experts to obtain “evidence” and problematic information with which to prop up dubious beliefs he has adopted. He does not appear to have done any competent investigation on his own or consulted any genuine authorities on the relevant subjects. It is fair to say that all of Strobel’s books are long exercises in applying the fallacy of informal logic known as “The appeal to authority.” Originally published in 1998, The Case For Christ “has now bamboozled and hornswoggled the better part of a generation of Americans. Something needed to be done!”

Professor, author, and New Testament scholar Robert M. Price—one of America’s leading authorities on the Bible—has taken umbrage at the cavalier manner in which Christian apologist Lee Strobel has misrepresented the field of Bible scholarship in his book The Case for Christ. Because Strobel has drawn upon the best known and prolific apologists alive today and brought their arguments together for easy reading, Dr. Price has used the opportunity to wipe out the entire field of apologetics in the course of refuting Lee Strobel. With penetrating humor, Price has created a book that can be used as a handbook by anyone who is troubled by the claims and importuning of Christian apologists.


“I would like it if my book could wind up in the hands of anyone who has read Strobel’s The Case for Christ! I just hate to see so many truth-hungry, well-intentioned people swindled by phony scholarship no better, really, than the drivel in The Da Vinci Code. Actually, it hardly matters whether one has read Strobel, since he is simply passing on material by numerous conservative Christian apologists. I would love it if apologists and their fans read my book and were prompted to reexamine the issues.”
— Robert M. Price

“This book incinerates Lee Strobel’s book along with the evangelical apologists he interviews, including Craig L. Blomberg, Gregory Boyd, Ben Witherington III, D.A. Carson, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, J.P. Moreland, and others.” Bob is preaching to the choir for the most part, or at least people willing to learn. But what a wonderful sermon it is! It’ll make you laugh as well as think, which is what a good sermon ought to do. Too bad these apologists can only make us laugh—at themselves. Price makes the case against Strobel’s case in such a convincing manner that these apologists must be willfully ignorant.”
— John W. Loftus, Th.M.

The Case Against The Case for Christ by Dr. Robert M. Price … is nothing short of an intellectual breath of fresh air.”
— David Beason, Alexandria Atheism Examiner

“A nice point-by-point refutation of born-againer nonsense, focusing on the writing of Lee Strobel.”
— goodreads.com

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