Former Atheist Lee Strobel’s Bestselling Book ‘The Case for Christ’ Hits the Big Screen

Actor Mike Vogal portrays Lee Strobel in THE CASE FOR CHRIST, in theaters April 7, 2017. Photo courtesy of Pure Flix Entertainment

In the 1970s, atheist Lee Strobel served as the legal affairs editor for The Chicago Tribune, having graduated from Yale Law School. But his wife, Leslie, went to church one Sunday morning.

To win his wife back to their blissful state of unbelief, Strobel went on a quest to use his investigative-journalist skills to debunk Christianity once and for all: “No resurrection, no Christianity.” But when he intensely studied the actual evidence, he reluctantly became convinced that the claims for the life, ministry and resurrection of Jesus Christ are indeed true.

Strobel wrote a book about his spiritual quest, called “The Case for Christ,” which has sold millions of copies. Now, a new major movie by the same title is coming to theaters Friday and will tell his story.

As a Christian TV producer and radio host, I have had the privilege a few times to interview Lee Strobel, a leading Christian apologist of our time. What follows are some of his answers to my questions that he gave me in some of those interviews.

On his becoming an atheist

“I can go back to the exact place where I was sitting in a high school in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. … The scientific teaching I received, when I was a student, that told me that God is irrelevant and that evolution explained the origin and the development of life, really set me down a path toward atheism.”

His thoughts on Darwinism now

“On the surface you can build a scientific case for Darwinism. In reality, though, the more you examine it, the more its pillars rot under scrutiny. … I was told, for instance, that the fossil evidence supports Darwinism, and that you can reconstruct the progression of animal life through fossil discoveries and so forth. That’s simply not true. What the fossil record shows is the sudden appearance of fully formed creatures, with no precursor animals, and really no substantive change afterwards.”

On his quest to find the truth

“I cross-examined experts to try to get them to articulate the evidence in a way that I could understand it and answer the tough questions that I had when I was a skeptic … and every time they would be able to provide cogent, solid arguments, and information and data and evidence that confirmed to me that Christianity is not a fairytale built on wishful thinking. But it is a belief system that is founded on a solid foundation of historical and scientific fact.”

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SOURCE: WND, Jerry Newcombe