It is so great that Christmas is more than just a day so I can say Merry Christmas
for quite a while yet, until the Baptism of the Lord on January 11 actually.
The Case for Christmas by Lee Strobel
Publisher: Zondervan (2014)
eARC (96 pages)
Reading Challenges: Read 2014
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the tough, pointed questions you d expect from an award-winning legal journalist. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including Eyewitness Evidence Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? Scientific Evidence What does archaeology reveal? Profile Evidence Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God? Fingerprint Evidence Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah? The Case for Christmas invites you to consider why Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth. It may be more compelling than you ve realized. Weigh the facts . . . and decide for yourself."
This book reminds me of some of my theology courses for my undergrad. I had a course on systematic theology and my advisor was a systematic theologian. Going through a topic systematically, logically, and thoroughly is the way I was introduced to new topics in theology. This is the same approach that Mr Strobel takes. He systematically makes his way through his topic, focusing on the major points as he goes. He asks questions and searches for answers.
This book was reminiscent of two other books I have read written by Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ and The Case for the Real Jesus. That should not be too surprising since they were all written by Mr Strobel. He uses the same structure in all three that I have read.
There were parts of the book where Mr Strobel is talking with noted academics to help answer his questions. In quite a few of these I wanted more information, more depth. I understand that this is not one of my theology textbooks from college and Mr Strobel does give the sources or works of the academic that I could go look up.
For myself, probably because of my history in the theological realms, I would have loved more. However, the book is good as it is. It addresses the questions that Mr Strobel had. I would have liked more. But I have a myriad of books on my shelf that I could also pick up.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Chapter 3:
I received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.