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[The Case Against] The Case for Christ

Postby Austin Harper » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:05 pm

An evangelical coworker of mine recently found out I'm an atheist. We've had a few amicable discussions on the matter in which we discuss our reasons for and against belief. Following our latest talk, my coworker brought me a copy of The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. I had never heard of this book but told him I'd at least read the first couple of chapters. Before I started, I searched the internet for some information on the book I stumbled upon The Case Against the Case for Christ by Robert M. Price, one of my favorite authors.

At this point, I'm almost finished with Strobel's book and so far I've found it to be mostly a series of argumenta ab auctoritate, argumenta ad ignorantiam, and petitio principii. I'm hoping to finish up the last chapter tonight and if I'm very lucky my copy of Price's book should arrive from Amazon tomorrow.

Has anybody else read the book? What are your thoughts on it?
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Re: [The Case Against] The Case for Christ

Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:00 pm

I have not read The Case for Christ but heard him tell his story once. His claim of having been a longtime atheist prior to arriving at his conclusions has been questioned.
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Re: [The Case Against] The Case for Christ

Postby Austin Harper » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:22 pm

I hadn't head that but I'm not surprised. His willingness to accept everything his Christian interviewees said at face value at least firmly plants him outside of the realm of skepticism. His selection of only evangelical Christians (and one Messianic Jew, which according to Wikipedia "blends evangelical Christian theology with elements of religious Jewish practice and terminology") clearly gives a biased way to intepret the "facts" that are being laid out.
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Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:44 pm

I just read some reviews on Price's book. Looks like you're in for a treat compared to what you've been through. :-P
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Re: [The Case Against] The Case for Christ

Postby Monster » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:51 pm

I have not read the book by Strobel.

On The Atheist Experience, a caller called and said she had a similar situation as you. One of her coworkers was trying to proselytize to her and mentioned Strobel's book. Both of TAE hosts did a facepalm. Matt Dillahunty and Jen Peeples. Here's the image:

http://freethoughtblogs.com/axp/files/2 ... .47-AM.png

Here's the episode:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Xeh96Uk5L8
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Re: [The Case Against] The Case for Christ

Postby Austin Harper » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:10 pm

Thanks for the link, Monster. I'm a sporadic TAE viewer/listener but I missed that one.


I love the visual.
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Postby scrmbldggs » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:26 pm

:lol: Love it.
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Re: [The Case Against] The Case for Christ

Postby Monster » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:51 pm

I've been listening to the show to find where they did the facepalm. I thought it was a woman caller. It was a guy. The call starts at 12:25.
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