on June 6, 2005
Notice all the five stars this book is getting? And there are a few one-star ratings, which all talk about how dishonest he is for getting all his data from the same side of the question.
Even though it's true that he strictly interviews people who believe in intelligent design, he has done a lot of research, and he throws a lot of question at them, playing "devil's advocate", if you will. And we already know most of the stuff from the naturalist side, since it's been the prevailing voice of science for so long!
But my main problem with those who gave him a one-star rating is that they never take the arguments head-on, to counter-argue. They attack the integrity of the author. But if his integrity was so lousy, his arguments would be easy to dismiss, with evidence from the other side.
My guess is that it's hard to oppose such a solid case. A very good book.
on July 5, 2004
The author presents a lot of evidence for the creator. He interviews many specialists and I enjoy the format of the presentation. I have a degree in physics earned many years ago so the astronomical and astrophysical evidence interested me the most. He also presents evidence in biology, genetics, and geology. The book's main focus is intelligent design, but the book presents other evidence as well. The evidence presented is hit and miss, but so much evidence is presented, I think there are some solid hits.
The material is not always easy, I am still mulling over the William Craig Lane chapter. He disagrees with the Hawkins's model for the start of the Big Bang. Lane's mix of Aristotelean philosophy and modern physics to me has always been uneasy mix.
His other books to me are more personal and perhaps a more useful apologetic, but this book is more fun to me. The amount of information he doles out in sundry branches of science gives me at least some tools to talk to my scientific minded friends.
I am knocking off a couple stars because some of the writing and some of the interviews seem clumsy. I would give it another 1/2 star if I could.
on July 7, 2005
This book is a really engaging, and informative work, which gives people multiple avenues of evidence to point them to the Creator.
Lee Strobel takes each line of evidence from cosmology, biochemistry, etc. and interviews different experts who give reasoned responses to some of the tough questions.
Some reviewers have objected that Strobel only interviews Christian apologists to make his case. To this I respond that Strobel's point is not to see whether naturalism/atheism has merit, he already passed that point in his life, and saw the convincing eveidence against that empty worldview. He is in fact making what his book says "THE CASE FOR A CREATOR", so obviously he is calling for witnesses to the evidence for that Creator God. Where is he going to get that evidence- from an Atheist? Of course not. And he DOES test his interviewees with hard questions, and skepticism. They manage to give good answers to the tough questions. In so doing, one is given ample good reason to consider the truth that God exists and is the Creator.
I particularly liked William Lane Craig's response to the idea that Quantum particles come into and out of nothing. He explains why this is a false view, and that these particles, if real, are actually caused by fluctuations in a a vast field of energy.
This is just one of many fine examples of atheist/agnostic type reasoning that Lee Strobel attempts to knock down.
I really reccomend this book if you want a something that is easy to read, but has some depth.
on July 16, 2004
Lee has told a captivating and compelling case for the existence of a supernatural Creator. He interviews a topnotch list of experts on the issue of science and faith and poses the tough questions that we all ask from time to time.
Having said that i wonder why William Lane Craig was interviewed on the cosmological argument (big bang theory) and not astrophysicist Hugh Ross? Ross has been one of the pioneers for using the big bang to prove the existence of God and has written some ground breaking books on the topic such as The Creator and the Cosmos and The Fingerprint of God.
The book is superbly written, covering all the objections fairly and writing in a way that keeps the reader interested. He is sure to stay clear of the young/old earth controversy which i don't think is wise since it is a major stumbling block to non-believers. The 6-10,000 yr old universe/Earth proposed by groups like Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis is so scientifically implausable that it is making a laughing stock of the Christian faith. This is the reason that many atheists/skeptics won't accept Christ since they think that Christianity must be false since it is pushing an absurd doctrine. The Christian should work hard to counter the misconception that to believe in the Biblical world view is to swallow the nonsense of a 10,000 yr old Earth.
on April 25, 2004
Is the case for evolution clearly a shut case? Are all the basic aspects of evolutionary theory known to be correct? Can the entire universe be explained simply in terms of matter and energy? Do science and religion conflict? Do people who believe in a Creator suffer from an inability to rationally comprehend the brute facts of the world around them? If you've ever pondered these questions, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a summary book with highlights of intelligent design, along with several key evidential problems with evolutionary theory, this is it. In a wonderfully engaging style, Lee Strobel takes you through his investigation for the scientific evidence for a Creator. But do not feel like you need to be scientifically sophisticated to follow the extremely informative interviews with leading academics - the down-to-earth and always practical approach exemplified in Strobel's first two books (The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith) is refined further in this work. Tough, contemporary questions, the hallmark of Strobel's investigative approach, are ever present and address conundrums from eminent skeptics.
The framework for this book follows a logical and well-thought-out progression. Strobel poses the questions hard skeptics ask on such broad topics as: evolution, faith and science, the Big Bang, fine-tuning of the universe, Earth's privileged place in the cosmos, biochemical complexity, the origin of life, DNA and, finally, the mind. He interviews many of the top minds in each of these topics, including many prominent ID personalities, such as Michael Behe, Jonathan Wells, Stephen Meyer, Jay Richards, Guillermo Gonzalez, and J. P. Moreland. The material in his interviews often covers very recent work, such as Richards' and Gonzalez's Privileged Planet, which came out approximately the same time as The Case for a Creator.
Strobel gets at the heart of the scientific issues for the various topics, even such esoteric concepts as superstring theory and Stephen Hawking's supposedly "non-singularity" universe. Though reading those words may cause your eyes to cross, the book provides easy to follow examples, analogies, and explanations to drive home the basic ideas. For example, when considering Hawking's "non-singularity" universe (that is, a universe without a beginning) interviewee William Lane Craig, Ph.D., shows how Hawking attempts to deny a beginning point for the universe. However, to do so, Hawking has to employ an imaginary number (i.e. the square root of negative one), which appears to mathematically address the issue, but cannot be valid for the real world - in reality, the beginning has just been masked behind a mathematical model. Craig exposes Hawking's mathematical slight of hand for what it is.
Reflections, anecdotes and big picture summaries are interspersed throughout the book along with the engaging interviews. One noteworthy story is from Strobel's own life, where he recalls his early days as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. He was a self-proclaimed atheist at the time and was assigned to cover a local dispute over the teaching of evolution in West Virginia. Various Christians opposed the teaching of evolution, and at the time, Strobel wondered, "Why couldn't these people get their heads out of the sand and admit the obvious: science had put their God out of a job!" 30 years later, Strobel gives a compelling account of how the scientific evidence does not support the naturalist worldview, and points out that ironically, "My road to atheism was paved by science ... but, ironically, so was my later journey to God."
Similar to Strobel's past works, this book is very well referenced and provides great information for further reading after each chapter. In fact, there's even a website specifically aimed at helping people to learn more about and promote intelligent design: [...] The website includes highlights from the book and an entertaining audio program online, complete with sound effects to help visualize Strobel's personal recollections of events past.
on April 13, 2004
This book is one of the growing number of books on Intelligent Design. It is different from the rest in that it consists of a series of interviews with scientists. Lee Strobel, a graduate of Yale Law school and legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, applies his considerable writing skills to tackle one of the most explosive movements of the last decade. I especially liked the personal information about the scientists interviewed, including their motivations for accepting ID. The book reads like a novel, not a book about science, but is very informative even for those who teach science as I do. Strobel interviews those on both sides, and covers astronomy, biochemistry, and even theology. The book also covers some of the controversies surrounding ID. This is the first book on this topic one should read, but even veteran scientists can learn much from the book. This book is a must, especially for critics of ID. Teachers will find it an important resource when the topic comes up in class (which it most certainly will)
on August 14, 2015
As a guide, I read these reviews before buying, It's impossible to have a book as a 5 star and a 1 star simultaneously. Only one can be true. I often see what seems like "smartie pants atheists" who always have their big fat noses in Christian books trying trying to belittle astute authors and discourage real Christians from buying. If these 1 star atheists are so smart why don't they write their own books. They can't !
If I had listened to these 1 star reviewers and not bought the book, it would have caused a great disservice to me because this is an excellent book and a lot of work went into writing it.
They comment that Lee Strobel did not do a good job, he should have interviewed scientists that hold opposite opinions and his readers are uneducated simpletons. Well, I am an educated man and I find those made up prejudices insulting and very snobby. If you're smart enough to be smart, you should be smart enough not to show it. (Edith Bunker said that to Michael). Since the title of the book is "The case for a creator" it would be plain stupid to include scientists with opposing views. Also the book is long enough at 360 pages.
The book starts slow at the beginning, but the pace quickly accelerates. Without a doubt he does make a case for the existence of God from things you would have never thought of. As an advanced amateur astronomer I really appreciated the chapter on Astronomy. He explains how it would be difficult for life to spring up by itself in other parts of the galaxy and why our location is the best one. He explains why Carl Sagan's idea of 1 million civilizations in our galaxy is unrealistic. Everything he brings up makes sense.
It is my opinion the idea for this kind of book is excellent, and he did a masterful job of it. I'm glad I bought it. This is the first time I read of one of his books and I think he is an excellent professional writer. I think it's a "Must Read" book. A little technical in places, but it takes that to make these cases.
The only real problem for this book for the "1 star atheists" is the author does succeed in making a strong case against random chance which is the "wild card" of evolution, and of course they just can't stand it. That's why they think it's a 1 star !!!
These book reviews exist to help people decide. When people have ulterior motives such as hatred of Christianity and disbelief in God, no matter what the evidence, their opinions will be tainted and they are of no service to anyone, and actually mislead buyers away from excellent purchases.
Show me someone who has done a better job than what Lee Strobel has presented here.
Since you can't.
Please stop writing misleading reviews. It is not appreciated !
Another great book from Lee Strobel. I have never read the original edition of The Case for a Creator and the student edition is a great introduction on the subject. In this book, Strobel explore the evidence of cosmology, explores evolution, take the time to look at the evidence of a creator in physics and astronomy, goes on with biochemistry, dig into the DNA and the origin of life before bringing you to the decision time and affirm that a creator is definitively behind all this.
With is personal touch and his investigative skills, Strobel will guide your teenager and encourage him/her to think and reflect on the evidence he presents through these pages. There is a scientific evidence that points toward God is we take the time to look at it and learn at the same time.
I find that Lee Strobel’s books are definitively a must read for teens whether they are struggling with their own belief or not. It will give them a solid ground to defend their faith and be able to stand strong in the midst of criticism.
on June 20, 2004
This book is an introduction into the various areas of scientific study where a true search for truth includes not arbitrarily self limiting to a naturalistic or materialistic philosophy to explain the universe and life as we know it.
The book starts with Lee Strobel describing his own journey to atheism through his love for Darwinism and science, coupled with a journalistic obsession with always digging deeper. Despite the fact that this book had the potential to be dry and overly academic, it never is. From the opening personal background, to the depiction of his journalistic assignment to cover a debate on school textbooks in rural West Virginia, to the "conversational" tone to his presentation of scientific evidence from the experts, the book is always readable and engaging.
This is a well written overview to the fact that science and faith are not as mutually exclusive as we have been led to believe. In fact, much scientific evidence clearly points to a Creator. Whether it is big-bang cosmology, or the complexity of the bio-chemical process, design is everywhere. However, this is only part of the story. The book starts with first punching holes in most of the famous Darwin and Evolution "icons" which prompted Lee to abandon a belief in God to begin with.
That the famous "Haeckel" embryo drawings are faked and have been known as such for decades, has not kept them from being included in modern textbooks to show evidence for Darwin's theories. The amount of liberty that has been taken with weak arguments for macro-evolution points to a naturalistic philosophy, not scientific evidence, which is driving much of what passes for scientific study in the area of origins of life. See the book "Icons of Evolution" for a deeper look.
The chapter on "the Evidence of Consciousness" is in itself worth buying the book. J.P. Moreland and others discuss whether a computer will someday have "spiritual" experiences, and look into the scientific origins of philosophy made famous by Rene Decartes. The debate as to whether our consciousness is a result of mere physical brain activity which reaches a certain level, or is evidence of something beyond the physical, is a fascinating discussion.
I highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful introduction to scientific evidence from renowned scientists with impeccable credentials that align science with faith in a way that is both logically and rationally sound. While I agree that he could have interviewed a wider range of people, the theories and works from non-theists like Robert Gould, Richard Dawkins, and others are well presented. It is also a great place to start research on the subject, as there are dozens of works sited and noted from William Demski, Michael Behe, William Lane Craig, Stephen Hawking, and others. Start here, and then read deeper. The result will be the same as there truly is a scientific "case for a Creator".
on June 10, 2004
In this particular work, Christian apologist Lee Strobel attempts to point the reader towards the evidence that implies a Creator was responsible for creating the universe and life as we know it. First, let me quickly mention the one problem I had with this book. In the opening chapter Strobel states that he is on a mission to investigate the evidence for and against a cosmic creator, yet the entire book is filled with interviews from scientists and philosophers who are stalwart theists. To be fair, Strobel should have interviewed some naturalist proponents and maybe a few creation scientists as well. The only reason I can think of to explain Strobel's one sided approach is that he was attempting to argue as the skeptic he once was. As an adolescent and young adult Strobel was convinced of evolution and atheism on account of his science education and I believe he was attempting to play the role of the skeptic arguing as he was once taught. Although this may be unfair since he is now a theist, it still allows for both sides to express their views.
Of all the chapters I enjoyed the most, Jonathan Wells' chapter on the icons of evolution was the best. Wells' evidence is simply too strong to be ignored and illustrates how dishonest and shrewd the academic community is in dissemenating false evidence. From the Miller-Urey experiement to Haeckel's drawing of various embryos, Wells' marshals too much evidence to show that the scientific community is being dishonest when in the evidence it produces in favor of evolution. Another chapter of particular interest is William Lane Craig's arguments that cosmology and astronomy point to a Creator. Relying on the Kalam cosmological argument Craig convincingly argues that everything that began to exist has a cause and since the universe is not eternal but began at the big bang, then the universe must have a creator. Then, Craig proceeds to show why every rival to the big bang is inadequate or doesn't fit the observed evidence. Particularly interesting is his critique of Hawking's model in which Hawking substitutes imaginary numbers into his equation to end up with an eternal universe. The problem with this model is that it assumes there is such a thing as imaginary time which is somewhat contradictory. Furthermore, a majority of the scientific community rejects Hawking's imaginary time approach. Regardless of Hawking's stature within the scientific community, a model that relies on imaginary time and unobservable phenomena is not scientific. If it comes down to choosing between an eternal universe and an eternal God, I will choose an eternal God.
Other chapters include two interviews with Stephen Meyer who argues that the fine tuning of the universe implies a Creator and also that the information inherent in DNA also speaks of intelligent design. Once again, if I must choose between infinite universes that can't be proved or studied to account for life's existence or an infinite Creator, then I will choose to believe in an infinite Creator. Behe's chapter contains arguments against evolution based on irreducible complexity. Much of what is stated here can be found in Behe's book, Darwin's Black Box. Finally, J.P. Moreland argues in favor of dualism and offers several scientific and philosophical reasons for believing in the correctness of the dualist position. All in all, this book contains some of the most powerful and convincing arguments in favor of a Creator and against materialism and darwinism. Hopefully this will serve as a springboard to further validate Intelligent Design as an authentic scientific rival to the materialism of our times.