Lee Strobel

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Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel (cropped).jpg
Born (1952-01-25) January 25, 1952 (age 62)
Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Legal editor, writer, journalist, clergy
Nationality United States
Alma mater

University of Missouri

Yale University
Period Current
Genres Science and Religion
Historicity of the Gospels
Subjects Christian apologetics
Spouse(s) Leslie Strobel
Children Kyle Strobel, Alison Strobel


Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952) is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005)[1] and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity.[2] Strobel also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV,[3] and runs a video apologetics web site. Strobel has been interviewed on numerous national television programs, including ABC's 20/20, Fox News and CNN.[4]


Strobel received a journalism degree from University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School,[5] becoming a journalist for The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers for 14 years. He claims to have been an atheist and then began investigating the Biblical claims about Christ after his wife's conversion. As a result of his investigation, he became a Christian.[6][7]

Strobel was a teaching pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, from 1987 to 2000, before shifting his focus to writing and producing his TV show.[8] He continues to speak periodically at churches and has been a board member of the Willow Creek Association. In 2007, Strobel was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Southern Evangelical Seminary in recognition of his contributions to Christian apologetics.[9]

Strobel is married to Leslie and they have two children and several grandchildren. His daughter Allison is a novelist.[8]


The Case for a Creator

The Case for a Creator[edit]

The Case for a Creator consists of interviews with intelligent design advocates and Christian apologists who argue for the existence of a creator. [10][11]

The advocates interviewed in the chapters and their topic(s) of discussion are as follows:

Other books[edit]

Strobel says that he wrote Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary to help advance lay people's understanding of Christianity and to increase the effectiveness of evangelistic efforts, and says the book includes insights drawn from his own experiences as a former atheist as to why people avoid Christianity.[12]

According to Strobel, The Case for Christ retraces and expands his journey toward becoming a Christian. The book summarizes his interviews with thirteen evangelical Christian scholars—Craig Blomberg, Bruce Metzger, Edwin Yamauchi, John McRay, Gregory Boyd, Ben Witherington III, Gary Collins, D.A. Carson, Louis Lapides, Alexander Metherell, William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, and J. P. Moreland—in which they defend their views regarding the historical reliability of the New Testament.

In his book The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity, Strobel replies to doubts about Christianity, including the problem of evil, the contradiction between miracles and science, whether God is worthy of worship if he kills innocent children, whether Jesus is the only way to God, and the church's history of oppression and violence.[13]

The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ presents a number of counter-arguments to challenges to the evangelical Christian view. Strobel addresses differences between the portrayal of Jesus in the non-canonical gospels versus the four canonical gospels, whether the church has changed this depiction over time, new explanations that challenge Jesus's resurrection, the proposed origins of the Jesus story in pagan religions, whether Jesus fulfills messianic prophecies, and whether contemporary people should have the freedom to believe what they want about Jesus.[14]

Experiencing the Passion of Jesus was co-written with Garry Poole as a discussion guide for Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ.[15]


Children's apologetics series[edit]


  1. ^ 1994 Gold Medallion Book Awards Winners – Missions/Evangelism. ecpa.org
  2. ^ Smith, Lisa (2007-09-12). "Author digs deeper to defend Christianity". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on 2007-09-22. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  3. ^ Falsani, Cathleen (2004-10-01). "Ex-reporter still asking tough questions on 'Faith Under Fire'". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2007-11-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  5. ^ Biography on The Unexpected Adventure page. Theunexpectedadventure.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-14.
  6. ^ Barry, JD (2009). "Investigative Bible Study: Lee Strobel on Engaging a Pluralistic World". Bible Study Magazine: 10–14. 
  7. ^ Lee Strobel Books and Ministry. Christnotes.org. Retrieved on 2011-11-14.
  8. ^ a b About Lee Strobel. Leestrobel.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-14.
  9. ^ "Lee Strobel". Archived from the original on 2007-10-31. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  10. ^ Callahan, Tim. No Case At All, Skeptic, June 22, 2005.
  11. ^ Foster, Charles A. (2009). The Selfless Gene: Living with God and Darwin. Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson. p. xvi. ISBN 0-8499-4654-9. 
  12. ^ Product Description. Christianbook.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-14.
  13. ^ "ChristianBooks.com". Retrieved 2007-11-12. 
  14. ^ Publishers Weekly Nonfiction Reviews: Week of 7/23/2007
  15. ^ Christianbook.com. Christianbook.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-14.

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