Movie Review: Lee Strobel’s, The Case for Christ

My wife and I had another great outing at the theater tonight as we caught Lee Strobel’s, The Case for Christ. The book by the same name was published in 1998, and has now made it to the big screen, and I couldn’t be more pleased.

Lee Strobel was an award-winning journalist for the Chicago Tribune. He was also a skeptic and an atheist, and he set out to disprove Christianity, targeting the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He figured it would be an easy goal to accomplish; simply demonstrate that the whole thing was a fraud by exposing the holes and inconsistencies in the Bible, and Christianity would collapse. All this because his wife became a Christian, rocking his world and challenging the life he had chosen. Now he felt compelled to investigate the basic claims of Christianity with all the experience he had gained in his investigative journalism… and rescue the wife he loved from her ignorance and brainwashing.

He interviewed experts in various fields, intent on finding evidence to prove that Jesus never died, or never rose from the dead. He discovered how brutal crucifixions were at the hand of the Roman soldiers- expert killers- torturing their victims with scourging, and making sure they were dead.

Lee’s journey took him down a road he had vigorously opposed and refused to see, but the evidence for Christ’s death and resurrection became too overwhelming to deny.

If you’ve read the book, then treat yourself to the movie because it was very well done. I enjoyed the acting, and the story line was compelling. Of course, even if you haven’t read the book, try to catch it in the theater while it’s still out, or be sure to watch it when it’s released on DVD or online. Lee did a brilliant job making the case for Christ, and it was well worth watching.

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