Case For Faith
by Phil Boatwright

FROM STUDIO PRESS NOTES:  In The Case for Faith, journalist Lee Strobel investigates two of the most emotional objections to Christianity, which have become barriers to faith and are confronted by believers and skeptics alike: Why is Jesus the only way to God? And how could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?  Available on September 2, 2008, the DVD from Lionsgate features a host of extras, including “Dealing with Doubt” and “The Least of These: The Christian’s Response to Evil and Suffering” featurettes, a reference library, additional study resources from Lee Strobel and musical excerpts from the original score.

PREVIEW REVIEW:  Josh McDowell first examined similar subjects and with a similar agenda.  He was also a nonbeliever who wanted to expose Christ as a false god and Christianity as little more than an opiate for the masses.  With books such as Evidence That Demands A Verdict and He Walked Among Us, McDowell forces the most secular of skeptics to take a more in-depth look at this Man from Galilee.  Now journalist Lee Strobel, a one-time atheist according to the press release, presents a well-structured, most moving follow-up argument for the sovereignty of our Lord Jesus.

Having received a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School, Lee Strobel became an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. He presents his case with the well-reasoned facts of a Perry Mason, but wisely includes the emotional testimonies of those who have undergone serious questioning of their relationship with Christ.  Among them is Joni Eareckson Tada (founder of Joni and Friends, an organization that celebrates Christian ministry in the disability community).  I’ve seen Ms. Tada on several occasions and been blessed by her testimony.  But in this production, we get to share a special moment with this artist/minister/sister-in-the-Lord.  At one point I felt in the presence of an angelic being.  Not that she would allow such a definition, but I sensed the Holy Spirit upon her as she revealed a compassion through adversity that only comes from trusting – and knowing – our Heavenly Father.  Among the many other uplifting moments, we hear a father give a testimony that will aid anyone who has lost a child.  It is very likely the most spiritually rewarding moment you’ll have viewing a film this year.

This is a DVD I will be showing often to friends and family.  If you have a DVD library, this one should be in it.

“Dealing with Doubt” featurette
The Least of These: The Christian’s Response to Evil and Suffering” featurette
Lee Strobel Resources - a collection of resources specifically from the work of Lee Strobel that explore the evidence for the Christian faith
Reference Library - a collection of study resources (books and web sites) that will augment the material covered in the documentary for interested viewers
Music from The Case for Faith – excerpts from the digitally mastered soundtrack of the original music score composed by Mark Edward Lewis