From evolutionary icons to the uniqueness of planet Earth, from irreducible complexity to the kalam cosmological argument, Lee Strobel gives full rein to his keen analytical mind in addressing these issues and more. But don't expect an inaccessible tome of arcane scientific terms; Strobel's years of newspaper reporting gives the book a conversational style. Relying on transcriptions of his interviews with experts in the pertinent fields, he tells the incredible stories about the hard science behind what some have termed creationism. Extensively researched, this book should a classic apologetic text for years to come.
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Lee Strobel grew up in a nominally religious home, but the nearly universal teaching of Darwinian evolution in his educational experience, beginning in high school biology and throughout college, led him to become an atheist. However, after the Yale-educated law journalist’s wife was converted to Christ, he began to rethink the foundations of his unbelief, embarking upon the adventure of a lifetime by using his talents as an investigative journalist to examine the facts. I purchased all of Strobel’s major books, including The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith in a combined edition and The Case for the Real Jesus, but decided to start with what I would consider “the beginning,” The Case for a Creator. After all, the Bible opens with the statement, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
After writing about his own background, influenced by images of Darwinism yet eventually developing doubts, Strobel interviews scientific experts in several fields—cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry, biological information, and consciousness—to show how their studies provide astonishing evidence for creation rather than purely naturalistic evolution. To be honest, this book sometimes borders on the academic, delving into subjects which would be far beyond the comprehension of most people, including myself. However, Strobel does try to translate the language of the scientists and philosophers he interviews into more popular style so that it can be more readily understood by those without scientific training. Each chapter also contains suggestions for further reading on particular issues of science and faith.
Of course, rabid atheists will dismiss Strobel’s work with a wave of the hand as nothing more than a biased attempt to bolster a dubious claim that is based only on mythology to begin with. One person said something to the effect that all Strobel did was interview creation scientists to prove creationism. However, the scientists whom he interviewed are not “creation scientists” but primarily proponents of Intelligent Design, and there is a difference. The book accepts, at least on the surface, the idea of “the Big Bang” and a billions-of-years existence for the universe, so there will be disagreement on certain points. I realize that some tension exists between young earth creationists and advocates of Intelligent Design, but even as a young earth creationist myself I believe that the two groups have common cause. Strobel concludes that, when correctly interpreted, science and biblical teaching support each other and quotes physicist Paul Davies who says, "…science offers a surer path to God than religion." With much of what passes for “religion” these days, he may be right.
After reading a couple books on Intelligent Design, I thought this would be a good place to continue. The interviews were very informing and covered a broad range of arguments for ID (Cosmological, fine-tuning of physics, being a privileged planet, biochemistry, origin of life, and consciousness arguments) along with an interview with Jonathan Wells to debunk some of the common "proofs" of evolution (some-what like a summary of his book, Icons of Evolution). Like in The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel listens to the expert, and then puts forth objections from himself and other skeptics. This part of each interview was especially helpful because it answered some of the questions I have had regarding their works. The content itself was pretty easy to grasp, much easier than, say, Icons of Evolution. I must warn you, the book does not cover any arguments about the age of the earth. They merely assume it is billions of years old. I don't really have a problem with that, but, as you can see in a few of the other reviews, some people do. If you are trying to learn more about ID, this is an awesome resource.
This book wasn't all bad but it's fitting that it's called "The Case for A Creator" and not "The Case for THE Creator." This book has a blatant liberal view of creation that contradicts The Bible. Obviously it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that the instant creation of the universe via a big bang with the sun and celestial bodies coming before the earth such as Strobel and his associates in this book advocate is not consistent with the 6 day creation of the universe with the earth before the sun and celestial bodies advocated by Genesis. If I accept "The Case for a Creator" as fact then "The Case for Christ" is irrelevant because you can't reasonably believe in Christ if you reject The Bible. And if "The Case for a Creator" is correct The Bible is wrong. This book is definitely anti-biblical thus the low rating. Strobel has written some great books but this is not one of them.
After reading two of Lee Strobel's other books, I had been intending to read The Case for a Creator as well, but kept putting it off. Now I'm glad I didn't wait any longer. As I have come to expect from Lee, his books are excellent apologetics sources. As in his past writings, he interviews scientists and experts in various fields, asking them tough questions to gain a greater understanding of the subject. The various fields of science covered include astronomy, biology, cosmology, physics and biochemistry. Due to the complex nature of these sciences, the book does tend to get technical at times and needs to be read carefully to fully understand what each scientist is trying to get across.The main point of each interview and the entire book is that there is abundant scientific evidence to show that the universe was intelligently designed. To this end, they succeeded admirably. The underlying assumption of the scientists is that the Earth is very old. This is still consistent with a Biblical world view and in no way contradicts Genesis since the word day can also be understood as an indefinite period of time. It is also more consistent with scientific consensus for the age of the Earth. Of course, everyone was consistent in denying naturalistic evolution and giving the credit where it is due - to God of course. This book was very helpful in resolving some of the conflicts I had between theology and science. As a result, I came to a better understanding of science and it strenghtened my faith as well. It left me with the impression that God's creation in totally amazing.
After I read and loved Case for Christ, I was very disappointed with this book. The thing that disappointed me was the book's stance on the age of the universe. In the beginning of the book the author claims he won't get into an old earth or young earth debate but focus on if there was a creator. I felt this was fair Ben Stein did a good job at this in the expelled movie. However throughout this book the assumption is made that the earth is millions of years old,directly contradicting the Genesis account. I still learned much from this book and am a big fan of Lee Strobel who has impacted my life through other books of his.
My husband is reading this book and does enjoy it. He says it very encouraging to learn about the latest facts concerning creation. It confirms my belief that the evolution theory is all wrong. God is great!!
A great book, but a little on the technical side. Its best to go a chapter at a time. However, the concepts and the book are well written. Lee Strobel does another top notch job! The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator should be on every Christian's book list for defending their faith.
A clear, accurate apologetic text for today's Christians. Upholds both science and the Bible. A very valuable resource.
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Review 14 for The Case For A Creator, Hardcover
Date:April 3, 2007
Great book. I was taught many of the false and misleading scientific discoveries through out college. I'm glad that I found this book.It's a must read for everyone involved in children, teenager and youth ministries.
This book is a great read!!! I wasn't excited about Lee's other books though I bought them and I thought that since I was a Christian why would I need to read about his case for Christ or faith? This book has been an exciting read and now I'm more eager to read his other books. It has also come in very handy for a class debate at Nyack College regarding a teleological argument for the existence of God.
I was lucky enough to listen to a radio talk show reviewing this book and author(s)and I can hardly wait to get started on it, a must this weekend!I'm a science nut and a bigger Intelligent Creator nut.
If you are open-minded enough to accept new SCIENTIFIC theories that correspond with God's Creation, then I highly urge that you buy this book, read it, and then give it to your friends that are less sure about either creation or evolution. Most of all, pay attention, it's complicated, yet important!