Being completely bored, I signed up for Bible Gateway’s shilling of Lee Strobel’s new book “The Case for Christmas”. I figured this will at least give me something to do and give me a few posts for this blog. The videos are free, but they really, really want you to buy the books.
Unsurprisingly, this is just a rehash of Strobel’s apologetics books “The Case for Christ”, “The Case for Miracles”, “The Case for Grace/Hope/Faith” (three separate books), “The Case for a Creator”, etc. All of these present the same claims and demonstrate that apologetics are not for those who have a question, but for those who are desperate to cling to their religion. Apologetics are also for those writers who have nothing else and want to squeeze their faithful one more time for the same information.
So continue to read if you’d like. If you’ve frequented my blog before, it’ll be some, if not entirely composed, of the same counter-apologetics aka facts you’ve seen before. An age ago I ran the local planetarium’s Christmas show, so I have some experience in the range of nonsense that can be offered.
“Even when he was an atheist, Lee Strobel enjoyed the Christmas season–the gift-giving, holiday parties, and being with friends and family. But after his wife became a Christian, Lee started to investigate the real meaning behind all those nativity scenes he had seen outside of churches. In this four-week study, Lee reveals what he discovered as he sought to separate the holiday from the holy day, the facts from the fantasy, and the truth from the tradition. In each session you will explore:
What the Bible actually says about Jesus’ birth and how you can know it is accurate
Whether the Christmas story actually happened or developed from the myths of the day
The Bible’s claim that Jesus was born of a virgin and why it is important to your faith
How Jesus–and only Jesus–fulfilled hundreds of biblical prophecies about the Messiah
The Case for Christmas will invite you to look beyond the familiar traditions of the season, challenge you to examine the evidence for yourself, and consider why Christmas really matters.”
I’m guessing a lot of Christians will be confused since they generally have no idea what is in the bible.
2 thoughts on “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – “A Case for Christmas” – preview of a critique”
There are better ways to misery! Get good and drunk and wear your hangover. Work out till you are wore out. Read War and Peace. Watch B movies on Netflix. See if you can manage to hitch hike to the next town in 20 degree weather. Just don’t read that book!
I guess if you insist upon reading it, have a nerf ball handy to throw at the wall… Make that a basket full of nerfs. It pays to be prepared. 🙂
I’ll be rooting for you to come out the other side still able to smile.
oh I find the whole process amusing since apologists just fail so badly. And it is more fun with a glass of wine, though I’ve been recently drinking our latest batch of beer, a hefeweisen, as I research and type. The next to be brewed is a imperial cream ale.
I think i may need to get a nerf gun for shooting a target and for my cats.