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The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger

By Lee Strobel (Author)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.16" Width: 5.24" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Oct 31, 2005
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310268788  
EAN  9780310268789  

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By focusing on the "hows" and whys" of Christmas, this warm yet journalistic book will help believers reaffirm their faith while guiding seekers as they pursue solid answers about this miraculous occurrence. With material from The Case for Christ as well as new ideas from author Lee Strobel, this book is designed to be an tool to give away to family, friends, neighbors, and others who want to understand what happened at Christmas 2,000 years ago. From the Back Cover A fascinating look into the truth behind the Christmas story The story, recorded in Luke 2:8-18, describes how an angel announced to a ragtag group of shepherds that "a Savior who is Messiah and Master" had been born in the town of David. Was this a hoax? A hallucination? Or was it the pivotal event of human history-the incarnation of the living God? Join journalist and former atheist Lee Strobel as he investigates the Christmas story. Combining material from The Case for Christ with new research, he investigates the mysterious events surrounding Christmas and asks: * Is there any credibility to the accounts about Jesus' birth-or are they merely legends as skeptics claim? * Does history confirm a Roman census sending Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem? * Did Herod the Great try to destroy his supposed rival by ruthlessly slaughtering the infants in that rural village? The result is the perfect gift for believers that want to reaffirm their faith or seekers looking for guidance as they pursue solid answers about this miraculous occurrence.

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Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at:

Lee Strobel currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois. Lee Strobel was born in 1952.

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Incomplete  Mar 7, 2007
The book is unquestionably a strong basic overview of the facts surrounding the incarnation of Christ. Lee presents the book in his usual style: readable to the average person while having instructive and not uncontextualized (ignorant) scholarship.

My problem with the book comes with how the book treats the holiday of Christmas and unites it with the incarnation of Christ. The book places holiday of Christmas as normative and acceptable for the Christian. The celebration of the Christmas holiday within the Christian Church, has been exposed by some thinking Christians as inappropriate, and even a vast ecumenical union-- even with some within paganism!

To quote the editorial review of the Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide (Paperback)
by Christian Rätsch (Author) and Claudia Müller-Ebeling (Author):

"The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual."

The Battle for Christmas (Paperback) by Stephen Nissenbaum, and others are well worth reading for a thoughtful consideration of the holiday itself in addition to the actual incarnation.
Helpful but Incomplete  Feb 4, 2006
Lee Strobel presents some compelling evidence that Jesus of Nazareth was God Incarnate and that he uniquely matched the identity of the foretold Messiah. For example, he mentions Peter Stoner's assertion that the chances of just 48 of the Old Testament's messianic prophecies being fulfilled by mere chance are 1 in 10 to the power of 157, and that Jesus fulfilled far more than 48 (in fact he fulfilled at least 332!)

But documentaries on the Christmas miracle severally avoid addressing one puzzling anomaly, and `The Case for Christmas' is no exception. In Luke 1:28-38 when Mary volunteers information about her long-term personal history (How will this be, since I am a virgin?) Gabriel completely ignores the qualifier to Mary's question, showing no interest whatsoever in the girl's past. Clearly he was only interested in her FUTURE. In a passage that takes about 45 seconds to read, he uses the past tense once, the past-perfect once, the present tense twice, but the future tense a staggering TWELVE times! Strobel spectacularly fails to pick up on this.

Gynaecologists and obstetricians concur that there is nothing whatsoever miraculous about a virginal conception that is not equally miraculous about its non-virginal equivalent. God is sometimes called `The Uncaused Causer'. It is an irrefutable scientific fact that the spontaneous conception of a male infant is impossible - impossible, that is, if we're prepared to rule out deliberate & purposeful supernatural intervention. Creationists aren't. It's the manner of Jesus' conception, and that ALONE, which constitutes the Christmas miracle. His mother's long-term personal history is of no consequence. Why do Christian authors consistently fail to address this riddle? Meantime, as most of NT was written in ancient Greek we have to assume that something has been lost in translation.

But apart from this one shortfall, the book is reasonably helpful.

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