The Case for Faith
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity is a popular piece of apologetic literature written by former journalist Lee Strobel.
After interviewing evangelist turned atheist, Charles Templeton, Lee Strobel sets out to explore eight major objections to Christianity which act as stumbling blocks on the path to spirituality. They are:
- If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under so much suffering and evil? (Problem of evil)
- If the miracles of God contradict science, then how can any rational person believe that they're true?
- If God is morally pure, how can he sanction the slaughter of innocent children as the Old Testament says he did?
- If God cares about the people he created, how could he consign so many of them to an eternity of torture in hell just because they didn't believe the right things about him?
- If Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what about the millions of people who have never heard of him?
- If God really created the universe, why does the evidence of science compel so many to conclude that the unguided process of evolution accounts for life?
- If God is the ultimate overseer of the church, why has it been rife with hypocrisy and brutality throughout the ages?
- If I'm still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
Strobel poses these objections to eight prominent Christian apologists and lets them make "the case for faith."
Objection #1: Since Evil and Suffering Exist, A Loving God Cannot
Lee Strobel begins his investigation with the problem of evil. He interviews philosopher Peter John Kreeft who has written several books on the issue. Kreeft compares humans to a bear being sedated, confusing a hunters compassion with harassment and injustice: we must trust God even if we can't understand his methods. This is essentially an argument from ignorance, for he is suggesting we keep a strong faith in spite of blindness to an ultimate purpose.
In a bit of a tangent, Kreeft lays out his definition of faith. He claims that "If we had absolute proof instead of clues, then you could no more deny God than you could deny the sun." While this may be true, it is also irrelevant: If God is most especially interested in worship, why does he need to mask his existence? Figures in Christian tradition such as Lucifer chose not to worship God despite full revelation. Kreeft finally characterizes faith as a deep trust based on collective personal experiences closed to contrary evidence. He does not explain, however, why this should be considered a good thing.