If you're unfamiliar with The Case For Christ, it follows former Chicago Tribune journalist Lee Strobel as he chases down the biggest case of his career. Prior to his investigation, Strobel was an atheist (or as he would say, an "anti-theist") and his wife was an agnostic. When his wife became a Christian, it created some strife between them. Lee was so adamant in disproving Christianity that he set off to do a thorough investigation on the evidence for Christianity. His goal was to prove that it was just another religious cult. His findings led him to a startling revelation that changed his life forever.
'The Case For Christ' Trailer
The Case For Christ feature film is based on Strobel's best-selling book (under the same title) that was published in 1998. A documentary was later based on that book and Strobel's investigation in 2007.
It's probably not a far stretch to assume that most skeptics or non-believers of religion would avoid movies that come off as faith-based. Those movies tend to appeal to a particular niche and audience. However, those involved in the film would beg to differ. I wanted to present four reasons why any non-believer, agnostic or skeptic shouldn't feel reluctant to at least see this film.
4. It's Based On A True Story
Lee Strobel is a real person, who was a real journalist, who did a real investigation on the evidence for Christianity. He didn't just go to a church and have a "Come to Jesus" type of moment. His experience was not something he dreamed up or had a religious vision about. If you see the film, you're just seeing the events of someone's life, and not a fictional drama made up with an agenda.
3. It's Not Preachy
Look, I can honestly say that even as a believer, even I don't really like to watch "preachy" films. (Including those that subscribe to my own faith or religious beliefs.) So, it's completely understandable if a nonbeliever would be turned off even more. The Case For Christ really isn't one of those types of films. While it does deal with a religious subject, it doesn't seek out to convert or evangelize anyone. If anything, this movie will evoke both believers and non believers to simply question or challenge the evidence.
2. It's About The Evidence
As mentioned, Strobel was a journalist, trained to follow the evidence for a story. While his intentions were to discredit Christianity, he had to remain true to whatever the evidence suggested. His investigation took him around the world and took two years to complete. He spoke with notable scholars, professors and experts in their respective fields. (Some were both believing and non-believing experts, too.) For instance, one approach he started off with was not to prove whether Jesus was God, but whether the Gospels themselves could be considered as reliable, historical documents at all. The verifiable evidence presented in this film, and in his book, is available for anyone to research for themselves.
1. It's A Love Story
Lee Strobel's entire journey begins after his agnostic wife converted to Christianity. He was not on board with that at all (as one could imagine). He believed that she joined a religious cult, and he was set on proving it. The Strobels had an incredibly difficult time in their marriage due to this new dynamic. Mrs. Strobel wanted Lee to see "The Light," while Mr. Strobel wanted her to wake up from her delusion. The Case For Christ not only displays Lee's investigation on the evidence for Christianity, but it's really a story about a married couple's journey as well.
Those are just some of the reasons why skeptics — or anyone for that matter — shouldn't shy away from this film. If anything, this film just wants to tell a true story. Beyond that, its main goal is probably to have audiences simply ask the hard questions. Any conclusions one may draw beyond that point is completely up to the individual. The Case For Christ is in theaters April 7th, 2017.
Red Carpet Interviews
For those interested, I was fortunate enough to attend the red carpet event for The Case of Christ in Chicago for the movie's premiere. Here are some of the interviews from the cast and crew. They include: Lee Strobel, Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Frankie Faison and more.