Former Atheist Lee Strobel on ‘The Case for Christ’ Film and Why He’s Encouraged Amid Post-Modern Society (Interview)
By Leah Marieann Klett
For Lee Strobel, asking the hard-hitting questions comes naturally.
An award-winning investigative journalist trained in both journalism and law at Harvard University, Strobel quickly climbed the ladder at the Chicago Tribune in the 1980’s, where he was promoted to the prestigious role of legal affairs editor.
So, when his wife Leslie converted to Christianity shortly after their marriage, Strobel, a hard-nosed atheist, naturally put his journalistic and legal skills to work, attempting to disprove the existence of God.
However, after an in-depth investigation of Christianity, including numerous interviews with biblical scholars and historians, Strobel found his heart, mind, and entire worldview radically transformed. Today, he is one of the world’s leading Christian apologists and has written a number of award-winning books in defense of Christianity, including “The Case for Christ,” which details his radical conversion story.
On April 7th, Strobel’s dramatic journey will come to life on the big-screen: “The Case for Christ” film, from Pure Flix and Triple Horse Studios, promises to inspire everyone who sees it, from the seasoned Christian to the skeptic looking for answers.
In an exclusive interview with The Gospel Herald, Strobel opened up about his conversion experience, his hope for the upcoming film, and the surprising reason he’s encouraged by today’s post-modern society. The following is an edited transcript of Strobel’s Part 1 interview.
GH: You wrote “The Case for Christ” several years ago, and it’s been read by millions. Why did you finally decide to create a film based on your story?
LS: I think there are so many people that won’t read a book, but they will go to a movie. They won’t go to church, but they’ll go to the theater. I think this is an opportunity to reach a whole new crowd with the truth of Christianity in a story that is compelling and winsome. It’s a love story; it’s a father and son relationship; it’s a story of big-city journalism; it’s a story of a spiritual journey. It’s interesting, the other day I saw that Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is “post-truth,” meaning that facts are less influential than appeals to emotion. I think we are in a challenging time for Christians, because our faith is based on truth, not on fairy-tales or legends or mythology. And so, how do we present that truth of Christianity in a creative and compelling way? I think, by harnessing the drama of cinema, we can present the evidence for the Christian faith in a way that is especially appropriate for this generation.
GH: Why is the message of this film so relevant today even though this book was written decades ago?
LS: People are searching for solid ground. They’re tired of the shifting sands of relativism and of uncertainty. Christianity claims to be built on solid foundation of historical truth. Young people these days are on a quest to find out what is solid, trustworthy, and reliable. When they apply their curiosity to the evidence to Christianity, I think they’ll find this is a faith that is built on solid foundation that they can trust…
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