Saturday, September 2, 2017

Book Review: 'The Case for a Creator' by Lee Strobel

"I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King." -- Isaiah 43:15 (NKJV)

I was attracted to this book after feeling called to begin putting together a bibliography of books that would help someone who wanted to consider whether God exists from considering secular evidence. That calling was reinforced when a cousin shared with me that she had lost her faith while in college because she felt overwhelmed by the anti-God arguments her professors advanced.

Had I known about this book at the time, I would have recommended that she read it.

I have read some of the authors and books cited here, and I felt that Mr. Strobel did a credible job of using his interviews to encapsulate what they expressed. I suspect that the other authors and their materials are also reasonably well summarized, as well.

When you read the book, take careful note of the sources. In many cases, you'll want to dig into those on your own to gain a fuller understanding of the scientific evidence for a creator of the universe.

If you have read The Case for Christ or The Case for Faith, the format of this book will come as no surprise. Mr. Strobel relates his skeptical past as a journalist and how he came to seek answers to his faith questions in the same way that he performed his day job, finding knowledgeable people and interviewing them.

In this book, the arguments he asks the scientists and scientifically trained people about relate to factors that affected his faith while studying science when he was much younger. That perspective is both the book's strength and its weakness. The touchstone makes the book less abstract. It also makes it more elementary. As with his other books, there's no supervised debate here between pros and cons. So this book is really an advocate's case, drawn from believers who know something about science. As such, the book's value is higher for believers who want to know a little more about science rather than for those who have no faith.

Much of the content deals with Darwinism, neo-Darwinism, biology, biochemistry, astronomy, cosmology, and physics. If you already know a lot about these fields, you'll probably find the material here quite simple. But that's okay. Most people don't follow science very much.

Those who believe in a young Earth will probably be annoyed that Mr. Strobel agrees with the view of a very old Earth.

In terms of science raising fundamental questions about whether the world is created ... or just happened, the most persuasive evidence for me comes from considering the immense complexity of biological systems and the genetic coding that underlies much of that functioning. The probability that such complexity could have developed one random mutation at a time is too slight to be considered possible. That's not Darwin's fault. We didn't know how complex our bodies are until quite recently. I suspect we have many more complexities to learn.

Praise God for this book!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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