Book Review: ‘The Case for a Creator’ by Lee Strobel

At just 298 pages long, Lee Strobel’s The Case for a Creator is somewhat shorter than other books about faith and science, but then again, it’s not like other books about faith and science. Lee Strobel’s story, as described in the book itself, runs like this: ‘He became a spiritual sceptic when he learned about Darwinism as a student. He worked for a while at a major Chicago newspaper and went to graduate school at an Ivy League university. Spurred by his wife’s Christianity, he later began investigating the evidence for a Creator. With his mind opened by the facts, he ended up shedding his atheism and embracing God, eventually writing a book that recounted his intellectual journey to faith’. This is that book. Strobel recreates his journey through a series of interviews with qualified scientists in which he returns to the shoes of a sceptic and aims to examine the evidence for a creator in as unbiased a way as possible.

The Case for a Creator contains chapters on topics such as the icons of evolution (like the archaeopteryx), the evidence of cosmology (the Big Bang), the fine tuning of the universe, the irreducible complexity of cells and the mysteries of human consciousness, each centred on an interview with an expert in the field such as Michael Behe (author of Darwin’s Black Box) and William Lane Craig (author of The Kalam Cosmological Argument). I found these interviews enthralling, with Strobel raising every objection he can think of to the so-called ‘God hypothesis’ and being rebuffed every time.

For me as a Christian, this book was not something that I needed to confirm my belief in God, but it has given me valuable arguments to use when one of my sceptical friends raises an issue about God and science. For example, one of my friends was stumped by the Kalam argument, as explained by William Lane Craig in this book. This argument is as follows: ‘Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore the universe has a cause’. This sort of challenge to atheism and naturalism appears again and again throughout the chapters, with the ‘God hypothesis’ growing stronger all the time.

The book finishes with Viggo Olsen’s story. Olsen was a convinced atheist, a surgeon with no need for God until one night, his wife’s parents succeeded in convincing he and his wife to assess the evidence for God for themselves. To cut a long story short, Olsen and his wife scoured the Bible for scientific errors and found none, also reading books on the subject written by scientists. This led to both of them becoming Christians despite what they used to believe. This story is a great end to the book, illustrating how the cold facts of science can lead someone to a personal relationship with Christ.

In my opinion, this book is invaluable because of the information and detail it contains. The experts explain complex scientific issues with great clarity and Strobel ties it all together masterfully. Combined with the other two books in this series, The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith, Strobel has pulled together one of the most watertight and accessible cases for the God of Christianity that exists in the world today. It’s a must read for avowed atheists, spiritual seekers and Christians alike.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sipech says:

    William Lane Craig’s ‘Kalam’ argument isn’t new. It’s a variation on the ‘First Mover’ theorem advocated by Thomas Aquinas as one of his “Five Proofs” of God which he wrote about in the 13th century.

    Behe’s reputation as a scientist has been somewhat marred by his advocacy of Intelligent Design. Does Strobel interview Kenneth Miller? His book, ‘Finding Darwin’s God’ is well worth a read as a complement to this.

    1. bengarry says:

      If Behe’s beliefs affect his science then fair enough, but if not, then that shouldn’t matter. It doesn’t surprise me that his reputation would be affected. Miller isn’t interviewed, no.

      And I know that Craig’s argument isn’t his originally, he says so himself, but he’s the one that explains it. He said that it was developed by Muslim philosophers in the middle ages, hence the Arabic name ‘Kalam’.

      Thanks for the comment!

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