The Case for Christmas: Conclusion and Final Thoughts
The conclusion of this little tome: The Verdict of History, is nothing more than an even more distilled version of Strobel’s other booklet: The Case for Easter.
Yup, there’s another baby booklet out there, in which a few chapters are taken from The Case for Christ and repackaged.
Check out the reviews at Amazon: as I suspected, some people did not know when they bought the book that they had already read it as parts of a bigger book.
But in case anyone reading this book is unaware that The Case for Easter is out there, Strobel lets us know in no uncertain terms…that this Christmas book we just read is basically useless:
As I was getting ready to complete my investigation of the child in the manger, I kept returning to the fact that Christmas doesn’t mean very much without Easter.
Strobel quickly runs through a few theologians who (surprise, surprise!) are sure that the resurrection actually happened. If I wanted to read that book, Strobel, I would be reading it instead of your Christmas book!
So, ironically, it’s the evidence for Easter that provided the decisive confirmation for me that the Christmas story is true: that the freshly born baby in the manger was the unique Son of God, sent on a mission to be the savior of the world.
Freshly born baby?
Whatever. I guess this little booklet about the freshly born baby was an exercise in futility.
So I have to admit to being disappointed. Even by apologetic standards, I expected more: at least a few arguments I could sink my teeth into. But it was nothing but appeal to authority, appeal to emotion, and appeal to Michael Murphy. Hell, Strobel barely even tried to pretend he was the least bit objective. Why not just write some apologetics, instead of this farce of, “I used to be an atheist”?
I am hardly the first person to point this out with regards to Strobel’s works, but I’ll say it again: an investigation does not mean you only learn about one side of an issue.
Looks like you, my loyal readers, will be proved right this Wintermas season: Christmas Town promises to be much more fun to read than The Case for Christmas.