An Excellent Resource
Review by Ryan Huxley
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. Thus, Strobel writes:
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: CaseforaCreator.com. 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.
Be sure to visit the Case for a Creator Website
Watch Lee Strobel present a very brief summary of book (lower right of link)
Listen to Lee Strobel present highlights from his book in a segmented 1 hour radio special
Lee Strobel's author notes and upcoming radio interviews and speaking schedule