A conversation with Lee and Leslie Strobel
The Case for Christ author shares how investigative reporting led to faith — and an intense desire to share it.
by Lynn McMillon
He’s an investigative reporter by training and a believer in Christ by choice.
While working for The Chicago Tribune, atheist Lee Strobel put his skills to work as he examined the evidence for a historical Jesus. The conversion of his wife, Leslie, was his inspiration. His study, and his wife’s patient support, resulted in his own conversion to Christianity in 1981 — and his 1998 book, “The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus.” Critics hailed Lee Strobel’s “bulldog-like tenacity” as he interviewed 13 religious scholars for the book.
Twenty years later, Lee Strobel has authored 25 volumnes, including “The Case for Faith,” “Finding the Real Jesus” and “Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch Marriage,” co-authored with his wife. His latest, “The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural” is slated for release March 27. He has also written books for young adults and children that give guidance for sharing their faith. In 2017 “The Case for Christ” became a motion picture released by Pure Flix Entertainment.
Lee Strobel earned a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School. After his conversion, he received an honorary doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary in recognition of his contributions to Christian apologetics. He has ministered for churches in Illinois, California and Texas and currently teaches at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife have two children.
What argument against faith do you most commonly encounter? How do you respond?
Lee Strobel: According to polling I’ve conducted, as well as personal experience, the most common objection to Christianity is: How can a loving God allow pain and suffering in the world?
I give a robust answer to this question in “The Case for Faith.” Briefly, we need to make the point that God is not the creator of evil. He created the world to be good, but he gave us free will. Why? Because only if we possess free will can we truly love God and others. And since the beginning, we have used our free will to bring pain and suffering into the world.
But it’s important to note that although suffering isn’t good…
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