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The Case For a Creator

Lee Strobel

The Case For a Creator

Lee Strobel

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"My road to atheism was paved by science . . . But, ironically, so was my later journey to God."--Lee StrobelDuring his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant--or so Strobel thought.But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason.Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe. Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you'll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellu

- Publisher The Case for a Creator Copyright 2004 by Lee Strobel This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook product. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks for more information. This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Strobel, Lee, 1952- The case for a Creator : a journalist investigates scientific evidence that points toward God / Lee Strobel-1st ed. P. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-310-24144-8 (hardcover)-ISBN 0-310-24050-6 (softcover) 1. God-Proof, Cosmological. 2. Religion and science. I. title. BT103.S77 2004 212'.1-dc22 2003023566 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /. DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 WHITE-COATED SCIENTISTS VERSUS BLACK-ROBED PREACHERS The deadline was looming for the "Green Streak," the afternoon edition of the Chicago Tribune, and the frenzied atmosphere in the newsroom was carbonated with activity. Teletypes clattered behind Plexiglas partitions. Copy boys darted from desk to desk. Reporters hunched over their typewriters in intense concentration. Editors barked into telephones. On the wall, a huge clock counted down the minutes. A copy boy hustled into the cavernous room and tossed three copies of the Chicago Daily News, hot off the presses, onto the middle of the city desk. Assistant city editors lunged at them and hungrily scanned the front page to see if the competition had beaten them on anything. One of them let out a grunt. In one motion, he ripped out an article and then pivoted, waving it in the face of a reporter who had made the mistake of hovering too closely. "Recover this!" he demanded. Without looking at it, the reporter grabbed the scrap and headed for his desk to quickly make some phone calls so he could produce a similar story. Reporters at City Hall, the Criminal Courts Building, the State of Illinois Building, and Police Headquarters were phoning assistant city editors to "dope" their stories. Once the reporters had provided a quick capsule of the situation, the assistants would cover their phone with a hand and ask their boss, the city editor, for a decision on how the article should be handled. "The cops were chasing a car and it hit a bus," one of them called over to the city editor. "Five injured, none seriously." "School bus?" "City bus." The city editor frowned. "Gimme a four-head," came the order- code for a three-paragraph story. "Four head," the assistant repeated into the phone. He pushed a button to connect the reporter to a rewrite man, who would take down details on a typewriter and then craft the item in a matter of minutes. The year was 1974. I was a rookie, just three months out of the University of Missouri's school of journalism. I had worked on smaller newspapers since I was fourteen, but this was the big leagues. I was already addicted to the adrenaline. On that particular day,

- Publisher Astronomers are discovering that the Earth is anything but the unremarkable planet of popular science lore. It may very well be utterly unique in its ability to support intelligent life in an otherwise lethal universe. Cosmologists agree that the universe arose suddenly out of absolute nothingness. But how? And how did it unfold with such painstaking precision? As biologists continue to probe the cell, the more amazed they are at its intricacies-complexities so staggering that they confound all naturalistic attempts to explain life's origins. Could it be that the world looks designed because it really is designed? Increasing numbers of scientists are coming to that conclusion. Once, science and Christianity seemed light years apart. Yet today, not only do "the heavens declare the glory of God," but those who explore them are discovering the fingerprints of a master intelligence on the finely tuned dials of the universe. In his most powerful and fascinating book yet, award-winning journalist and former atheist Lee Strobel uncovers compelling evidence for intelligent design from the fields of cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry, DNA research, and the study of human consciousness. You'll be amazed-and perhaps shocked-at what you learn. From the organization of galaxies to the miraculous machinery of cells, Strobel shares what more and more scientists are saying about the complex, manifestly purposeful order that pervades nature. The Case for a Creator will open your eyes to * the implications of the Big Bang and its biological counterpart, the Cambrian explosion * the insurmountable problems that are leading more and more scientists to reject Darwinism * what the textbooks never told you about archaeopteryx, Haeckel's drawings of embryos, and other icons of evolution * how the universe seems strangely designed for study, with the Earth uniquely equipped as a research station * the inconceivable sophistication of the DNA code-the language of life itself . . . and much, much more-so much, in fact, that as one authority put it, "It's the atheist who feels very uncomfortable and marginalized today." Find out why. The Case for a Creator shows how science itself is steadily nailing the lid on atheism's coffin-and discovering, behind a universe of breathtaking design, a Designer who infuses it with equally magnificent purpose. Also available in unabridged audio CD.

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"My road to atheism was paved by science . . . But, ironically, so was my later journey to God."--Lee StrobelDuring his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was outmoded, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant--or so Strobel thought.But today science is pointing in a different direction. In recent years, a diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason.Has science discovered God? At the very least, it's giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe. Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling and highly readable account, you'll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellu
- Publisher

The Case for a Creator Copyright 2004 by Lee Strobel This title is also available as a Zondervan ebook product. Visit www.zondervan.com/ebooks for more information. This title is also available as a Zondervan audio product. Visit www.zondervan.com/audiopages for more information. Requests for information should be addressed to: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Strobel, Lee, 1952- The case for a Creator : a journalist investigates scientific evidence that points toward God / Lee Strobel-1st ed. P. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-310-24144-8 (hardcover)-ISBN 0-310-24050-6 (softcover) 1. God-Proof, Cosmological. 2. Religion and science. I. title. BT103.S77 2004 212'.1-dc22 2003023566 This edition printed on acid-free paper. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. The website addresses recommended throughout this book are offered as a resource to you. These websites are not intended in any way to be or imply an endorsement on the part of Zondervan, nor do we vouch for their content for the life of this book. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means-electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Interior design by Michelle Espinoza Printed in the United States of America 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 /. DC/ 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 WHITE-COATED SCIENTISTS VERSUS BLACK-ROBED PREACHERS The deadline was looming for the "Green Streak," the afternoon edition of the Chicago Tribune, and the frenzied atmosphere in the newsroom was carbonated with activity. Teletypes clattered behind Plexiglas partitions. Copy boys darted from desk to desk. Reporters hunched over their typewriters in intense concentration. Editors barked into telephones. On the wall, a huge clock counted down the minutes. A copy boy hustled into the cavernous room and tossed three copies of the Chicago Daily News, hot off the presses, onto the middle of the city desk. Assistant city editors lunged at them and hungrily scanned the front page to see if the competition had beaten them on anything. One of them let out a grunt. In one motion, he ripped out an article and then pivoted, waving it in the face of a reporter who had made the mistake of hovering too closely. "Recover this!" he demanded. Without looking at it, the reporter grabbed the scrap and headed for his desk to quickly make some phone calls so he could produce a similar story. Reporters at City Hall, the Criminal Courts Building, the State of Illinois Building, and Police Headquarters were phoning assistant city editors to "dope" their stories. Once the reporters had provided a quick capsule of the situation, the assistants would cover their phone with a hand and ask their boss, the city editor, for a decision on how the article should be handled. "The cops were chasing a car and it hit a bus," one of them called over to the city editor. "Five injured, none seriously." "School bus?" "City bus." The city editor frowned. "Gimme a four-head," came the order- code for a three-paragraph story. "Four head," the assistant repeated into the phone. He pushed a button to connect the reporter to a rewrite man, who would take down details on a typewriter and then craft the item in a matter of minutes. The year was 1974. I was a rookie, just three months out of the University of Missouri's school of journalism. I had worked on smaller newspapers since I was fourteen, but this was the big leagues. I was already addicted to the adrenaline. On that particular day,
- Publisher

Astronomers are discovering that the Earth is anything but the unremarkable planet of popular science lore. It may very well be utterly unique in its ability to support intelligent life in an otherwise lethal universe. Cosmologists agree that the universe arose suddenly out of absolute nothingness. But how? And how did it unfold with such painstaking precision? As biologists continue to probe the cell, the more amazed they are at its intricacies-complexities so staggering that they confound all naturalistic attempts to explain life's origins. Could it be that the world looks designed because it really is designed? Increasing numbers of scientists are coming to that conclusion. Once, science and Christianity seemed light years apart. Yet today, not only do "the heavens declare the glory of God," but those who explore them are discovering the fingerprints of a master intelligence on the finely tuned dials of the universe. In his most powerful and fascinating book yet, award-winning journalist and former atheist Lee Strobel uncovers compelling evidence for intelligent design from the fields of cosmology, physics, astronomy, biochemistry, DNA research, and the study of human consciousness. You'll be amazed-and perhaps shocked-at what you learn. From the organization of galaxies to the miraculous machinery of cells, Strobel shares what more and more scientists are saying about the complex, manifestly purposeful order that pervades nature. The Case for a Creator will open your eyes to * the implications of the Big Bang and its biological counterpart, the Cambrian explosion * the insurmountable problems that are leading more and more scientists to reject Darwinism * what the textbooks never told you about archaeopteryx, Haeckel's drawings of embryos, and other icons of evolution * how the universe seems strangely designed for study, with the Earth uniquely equipped as a research station * the inconceivable sophistication of the DNA code-the language of life itself . . . and much, much more-so much, in fact, that as one authority put it, "It's the atheist who feels very uncomfortable and marginalized today." Find out why. The Case for a Creator shows how science itself is steadily nailing the lid on atheism's coffin-and discovering, behind a universe of breathtaking design, a Designer who infuses it with equally magnificent purpose. Also available in unabridged audio CD.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Lee Strobel

Atheist-turned-Christian, Lee Strobel is the former award-winning legal affairs editor of The Chicago Tribune. He holds a Master of Studies in Law degree, as well as a journalism degree and was a professional journalist for 14 years, winning Illinois' top honours for investigative reporting and public service journalism from United Press International.

In 1981, after a two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ as his Saviour, and subsequently became a teaching pastor at two of America's largest churches - Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago in 1987 and Saddleback Valley Community Church, California in 2000. In 2002 he left Saddleback's staff to focus on writing.

A New York Times best-selling author of nearly 20 books, he has been described by the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists." His journey from atheism to faith has been documented in the Gold Medallion-winning books The Case for Christ, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary and The Case for Faith.

His other best-sellers include Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he co-authored with his wife, Leslie; God's Outrageous Claims and What Jesus Would Say? Lee also shared the prestigious ECPA Jordon Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored about the movie The Passion of the Christ.

Lee is also co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training curriculum, which is used around the world. And his articles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, The Christian Research Journal, Guideposts, and Decision. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach on-line magazine.

Lee and Leslie have been married for 33 years and live in Southern California. They have a daughter, Alison, and son Kyle who is married to Kellie, both Alison and Kyle are writers.
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1 WHITE-COATED SCIENTISTS VERSUS BLACK-ROBED PREACHERS The deadline was looming for the 'Green Streak,' the afternoon edition of the Chicago Tribune, and the frenzied atmosphere in the newsroom was carbonated with activity. Teletypes clattered behind Plexiglas partitions. Copy boys darted from desk to desk. Reporters hunched over their typewriters in intense concentration. Editors barked into telephones. On the wall, a huge clock counted down the minutes. A copy boy hustled into the cavernous room and tossed three copies of the Chicago Daily News, hot off the presses, onto the middle of the city desk. Assistant city editors lunged at them and hungrily scanned the front page to see if the competition had beaten them on anything. One of them let out a grunt. In one motion, he ripped out an article and then pivoted, waving it in the face of a reporter who had made the mistake of hovering too closely. 'Recover this!' he demanded. Without looking at it, the reporter grabbed the scrap and headed for his desk to quickly make some phone calls so he could produce a similar story. Reporters at City Hall, the Criminal Courts Building, the State of Illinois Building, and Police Headquarters were phoning assistant city editors to 'dope' their stories. Once the reporters had provided a quick capsule of the situation, the assistants would cover their phone with a hand and ask their boss, the city editor, for a decision on how the article should be handled. 'The cops were chasing a car and it hit a bus,' one of them called over to the city editor. 'Five injured, none seriously.' 'School bus?' 'City bus.' The city editor frowned. 'Gimme a four-head,' came the order--- code for a three-paragraph story. 'Four head,' the assistant repeated into the phone. He pushed a button to connect the reporter to a rewrite man, who would take down details on a typewriter and then craft the item in a matter of minutes. The year was 1974. I was a rookie, just three months out of the University of Missouri's school of journalism. I had worked on smaller newspapers since I was fourteen, but this was the big leagues. I was already addicted to the adrenaline. On that particular day, though, I felt more like a spectator than a participant. I strolled over to the city desk and unceremoniously dropped my story into the 'in' basket. It was a meager offering---a one-paragraph 'brief' about two pipe bombs exploding in the south suburbs. The item was destined for section three, page ten, in a journalistic trash heap called 'metropolitan briefs.' However, my fortunes were about to change. Standing outside his glass-walled office, the assistant managing editor caught my attention. 'C'mere,' he called. I walked over. 'What's up?' 'Look at this,' he said as he handed me a piece of wire copy. He didn't wait for me to read it before he started filling me in. 'Crazy stuff in West Virginia,' he said. 'People getting shot at, schools getting bombed---all because some hillbillies are mad about the textbooks being used in the schools.' 'You're kidding,' I said. 'Good story.' My eyes scanned the brief Associated Press report. I quickly noticed that pastors were denouncing textbooks as being 'anti-God' and that rallies were being held in churches. My stereotypes clicked in. 'Christians, huh?' I said. 'So much for loving their neighbors. And not being judgmental.' He motioned for me to follow him over to a safe along the wall. He twirled the dial and opened it, reaching in to grab two packets of twenty-dollar bills. 'Get out to West Virginia and check it out,' he said as he handed me the six hundred dollars of expense money. 'Give me a story for the bulldog.' He was referring to the first edition of next Sunday's paper. That didn't give me much time. It was already noon on Monday. I started to walk away, but the editor grabbed my arm. 'Look--- be careful,' he said. I was oblivious. 'What do you mean?' He gestured toward the AP story I was clutching. 'These hillbillies hate reporters,' he said. 'They've already beaten up two of them. Things are volatile. Be smart.' I couldn't tell if the emotional surge I felt was fear or exhilaration. In the end, it didn't really matter. I knew I had to do whatever it would take to get the story. But the irony wasn't lost on me: these people were followers of the guy who said, 'Blessed are the peacemakers,' and yet I was being warned to keep on guard to avoid getting roughed up. 'Christians . . .,' I muttered under my breath. Hadn't they heard, as one skeptic famously put it, that modern science had already dissolved Christianity in a vat of nitric acid? IS DARWIN RESPONSIBLE? From the gleaming office buildings in downtown Charleston to the dreary backwood hamlets in surrounding Kanawha County, the situation was tense when I arrived the next day and began poking around for a story. Many parents were keeping their kids out of school; coal miners had walked off the job in wildcat strikes, threatening to cripple the local economy; empty school buses were being shot at; firebombs had been lobbed at some vacant classrooms; picketers were marching with signs saying, 'Even Hillbillies Have Constitutional Rights.' Violence had left two people seriously injured. Intimidation and threats were rampant. The wire services could handle the day-to-day breaking developments in the crisis; I planned to write an overview article that explained the dynamics of the controversy. Working from my hotel room, I called for appointments with key figures in the conflict and then drove in my rental car from homes to restaurants to schools to offices in order to interview them. I quickly found that just mentioning the word 'textbook' to anybody in these parts would instantly release a flood of vehement opinion as thick as the lush trees that carpet the Appalachian hillsides. 'The books bought for our school children would teach them to lose their love of God, to honor draft dodgers and revolutionaries, and to lose their respect for their parents,' insisted the intense, darkhaired wife of a Baptist minister as I interviewed her on the front porch of her house. As a recently elected school board member, she was leading the charge against the textbooks. A community activist was just as opinionated in the other direction. 'For the first time,' she told me, 'these textbooks reflect real Americanism, and I think it's exciting. Americanism, to me, is listening to all kinds of voices, not just white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants.' The school superintendent, who had resigned at the height of the controversy, only shook his head in disdain when I asked him what he thought. 'People around here are going flaky,' he sighed. 'Both poles are wrong.'

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4 stars By Tikvah08, Jun 10 2015
I'm not sure why this one was marked down, but I got it for very cheap and it's just like the original (2004), albeit slightly cheaper paper. The cost  format made it perfect to give away along with bibles when sharing the gospel. Questions are sure to abound and opportunities to engage people both intellectually and with the love of God will present themselves.
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Informative, Thought Provoking and Encouraging
5 stars By Belinda, Sep 03 2012
This DVD is presented in an engaging and captivating manner. The viewer is lead on a journey with Lee Stobel from doubt about the possibility of a creator through such evidence from reliable sources that an open minded viewer has to wrestle with the distinct possibility that the universe was actually created. The DVD is made up of interviews, images and Lee speaking directly to the audience which keeps the viewers interest. Lee is not afraid to ask the really hard questions (indeed he was genuinely seeking when he first asked them), he does not skirt around the issues. Presented in an adventurous tone and in clear sections that also follow on one to another it is great viewing for believers and unbelievers alike.
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  • Catalogue Code 210717
  • Product Code 0310241448
  • EAN 9780310241447
  • UPC 025986241445
  • Pages 352
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Mar 2004
  • Dimensions 222 x 146 x 28 mm
  • Weight 0.435kg

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