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In this New York Times best-selling book, award-winning Chicago Tribune journalist Lee Strobel investigates and unpacks the scientific evidence that points toward God. 

"My road to atheism was paved by science.... But, ironically, so was my later journey to God." (Lee Strobel)

During his academic years, Lee Strobel became convinced that God was obsolete, a belief that colored his ensuing career as an award-winning journalist at the Chicago Tribune. Science had made the idea of a Creator irrelevant - or so Strobel thought.

But today science points in a different direction. A diverse and impressive body of research has increasingly supported the conclusion that the universe was intelligently designed. At the same time, Darwinism has faltered in the face of concrete facts and hard reason.

Has science discovered God? At the very least, it’s giving faith an immense boost as new findings emerge about the incredible complexity of our universe. Join Strobel as he reexamines the theories that once led him away from God. Through his compelling account, you’ll encounter the mind-stretching discoveries from cosmology, cellular biology, DNA research, astronomy, physics, and human consciousness that present astonishing evidence in The Case for a Creator.

Suggested reading, study guide, and end notes are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2004 Lee Strobel (P)2004 Zondervan Publishing

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"This solid introduction to the most important topics in origins debates is highly accessible and packs a good argumentative punch." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great revelatory listen

An easy to digest study of science, philosophy and theology that includes a storyline to help you along the discoveries of Lee Stobel.

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  • Alan Rither
  • 27-11-2007

Excellent Summary of Apologetics

Here is a book by one of my favorite authors who does his customary, excellent job presenting the facts in support of the Biblical account of creation. He does not fall into the trap of "young Earth" creationism, but acknowledges that God cared enough to create a world that was perfect for human life, even though it took Him billions of years to prepare stars with just the right materials to sustain carbon-based life forms (i.e. all the living creatures including us). There are books that treat this subject in more depth, but Lee Strobel's style of presentation makes it accessible even to the open-minded agnostic. I would highly recommend it.

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  • KML
  • 25-10-2004

Case closed...or opened?

Don't hesitate to purchase this book. Strobel's questions & answers, interviews and overall approach is top shelf. The concepts/ideas dealt with in this book are a great index and introduction to many of the established sciences, pointing towards identifying a transcendent creator as the causal agent for humanity. What could be more applicable to your life than coming to know who God is? If you have struggled with faith issues based on evolution, cosmology, biology, chemistry, philosophy, etc...this book is worth the read. I can think of no greater crime to the "self" than to not explore the information that is available to us today in favor of a personal transcendent creator. Reading this book is a great start on a journey towards learning who we are and how God has finely crafted our universe for the benefit of humanity.

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  • Tim
  • 24-02-2005

Very Thorough, Very Broad, Well Written & Read

I was very impressed with the breadth of this book regarding the evidences for a creator. Having read many science-related books on topics covered by Stroebel, I was surprised at how many points (and even obscure and esoteric ones at that) the author addressed, such as superstring theory, modern inflationary models of the universe, alternate parallel universes, etc....

I enjoyed the topical approach to the book - having separate chapters deal with biochemistry, astophysics, physics, biology, chemistry, etc... This kept things from becoming too fragmented & disorganized.

The interview format of the book also worked well. I appreciated how the author pointed out the fact that many naturalists (agnostic and/or athiest) have trouble reconciling many of the matters addressed in this book. I have come across some of the same references myself (such as Francis Crick's inability to believe that DNA was a result of mere random chance rather than intervention).

While I give the book 5 stars without hesitation, I perceived 2 weaknesses. First, Stroebel interviews no "hostile" experts. In his defense, he does quote them frequently and raises their objections with all of the interviewees in the book. Second, I felt that the chapter on consciousness was not up to par with the other chapters in the book. It may be due to the more subjective nature of the topic, but I wasn't as impressed with this chapter.

However, these minor points do not detract from what is a fantastic book! I'd recommend this book to two distinct groups of people: (1) Those who are Christians, but find themselves uneasy based on the perception that science has undermined all that they believe and (2) Those who are not Christians, but want to take an honest look at whether or not belief in a creator has any logical or scientific merit.

This is not an exhaustive work, in terms of depth, but cover a tremendous scope of topics. It also provides many sources for further study.

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  • Chris
  • 01-12-2004

A book that all Atheists should read

As a lifelong academic of both science and engineering I have always seen things in a particular way. When I look at my watch, I believe there to be a watch maker. Likewise, as I have grown to understand the unbelievably complex method by which our world has been constructed, it undoubtably seems that the complexity of the design points to a designer. Also I find it hard to believe it only coincidence that mankind has the ability to comprehend the vast greatness of space and time, but it is hard for me to imagine what type of supernatural being it would require to make it. These realizations, along with many others, are pointed out in great fashion in "The Case for a Creator" I Highly recommend it.

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  • James
  • 21-01-2005

I'll use this one for some time...

I certinly did not read this book as a skeptic, however I believe that Strobel will get some people to rethink their position on Intelligent Design by using his secular objections to ID.

Personally, this book further deepened my relationship with Christ. I thank God that he wonderfully made this world and this book showed in greater detail just how special his creation is.

I will say that I was a young earth creationist prior to this book, however I'm reconsidering that position based on the science of ID. 1st stop, Genesis...

Way to go (again) Lee...

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  • C. Glupker
  • 14-12-2005

Excellent

Excellent book. Very long and can get very technical. Would still recommend for anybody who is on a religous journey.

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  • Michael
  • 03-09-2007

Complicated but interesting

There is a great deal of substance to this book. You will not remember everything but you will come away believing that there is solid support for a creator.

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  • DMHVetSurveyor
  • 30-03-2006

Strobel does it again!!

A very complete study of the Creation controversy. He with the help of many different experts in various fields will help you understand why the account of Creation in the Bible is the ONLY explanation that makes any sense. It will also help you to be able to defend the Faith. A little more technical than "The Case For Christ", but still excellent and not hard to follow. I think Lee does an outstanding job of making the other people speaking in the book come to life. Who knows their accents better than the one who interviewed them. Great work!!

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  • Steve von Berckefeldt
  • 12-03-2013

Great Audio Version of A Great Book!

Where does The Case for a Creator rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm into apologetics, and already own a copy of this book. However, it's a fantastic one to have in audio format, especially when read by Strobel himself. Thanks for offering it.

What other book might you compare The Case for a Creator to and why?

It's an antithesis to The God Delusion, for one thing. Then again, Dawkins' book is poorly reasoned, so maybe the comparison is a tad unfair...

Have you listened to any of Lee Strobel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this is my first. I own several of his books in written form, though.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I just really appreciate the content, and it's convenient to have in audio form.

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  • John
  • 19-01-2011

Pretty good

I feel the book could be summed up by this quote towards the end of this book "If I was to embrace Darwinism and its underlying premise, I would have to believe nothing produces everything, that non-life produces life, that randomness produces fine tuning, that chaos produces information, that non-consciousness produces consciousness & that non-reason produces reason" And for him that would take way more of a leap of faith then to believe in a creator.

Hardcore naturalist might as well not even read this book though, it only interviews the people they already ridicule, they will think the whole book is irrational, utter b.s propaganda & that Strobel should not be allowed to breed. There presuppositions and perspective will blot out every argument Strobel makes. They will claim none of it is science, yada yada, but they will fail to realize they have a double standard. For they are perfectly comfortable coming to naturalistic conclusions, and making naturalistic speculations and guesses, and naturalism is a philosophical world-view, a set of presuppositions that color all they see. They do not realize they are using science to promote their own philosophical worldview, all the while crying bloody murder the moment scientist claim science points to a Theist worldview. The fact is both sides have tons of evidence, and the judgment of whether the evidence is good or bad is fully dependent upon ones worldview. This means that evidence no matter HOW obvious, if in favor of God's existence, will be utterly stupid nonsense in the mind of naturalist, for there worldview does not allow it. PERIOD. The theist are guilty of bias too of course, We both are to a point like "Don't confuse me with the facts, I have my mind made up" Both sides can ALWAYS explain way the other side, ALWAYS. Its a matter of belief over a matter of evidence, no matter which belief you take, naturalistic or theistic, you will find butt loads of evidence supporting your view and Ph.D's back you up

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  • ka
  • 07-11-2020

fantastic

easy to finish beautiful and in depth the perfect book for any one of faith

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  • Kevin McIntyre
  • 24-09-2020

a book I couldn't stop listening to

well read by the author and a great subject. What struck me about the book and others like this I have read, is how much faith is needed to believe in macro evolution. There really is a very compelling case for a creator, and even newer science is making the case even stronger.

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  • David
  • 16-05-2019

Case made

The author clearly establishes that science proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the universe has a creator and designer and that the God hypothesis is the only rational conclusion. The myth of Darwinism is perpetuated in spite of the overwhelming evidence that proves the theory fails. Simply stunning evidence.

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  • Annette Jones
  • 03-10-2018

So interesting but concentrate whilst listening.

Great research, I feel I need to read the paperback because it's so intense. Lee Strobel delivers over and over again. We need apologetics and reporters.

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  • E. Rice
  • 16-06-2018

Great to hear the author get excited!

For once the author is telling his own story, and what a story: an atheist decides to prove there is no God! As he is an investigative journalist he does the job properly and gets into all the details of finding out proof that we and the planet we live on came about by some sort of fortunate combination of astronomical and biological circumstances. Listen to find out the results of his enquiry and what caused us all to be or could have caused us not to be.

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  • Steve H
  • 22-10-2016

Have read Lee Strobel was great listing to him

This was a great listen and will definitely listen again. I have to admit I am already a convinced Christian but this gave me new support for my beliefs in a creator

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  • Fredrick
  • 26-10-2015

Excellent book.

Really enjoyed this book. More and more science fight against the lie of evolution. Already read (The case for Christ). Both were prepared well and plenty of research was done.

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  • Chris
  • 12-04-2013

Convincing and inspirational.

A refreshing change from the norm. Lee has a conversational style that works extremely well. He has a way of describing scientific evidence succinctly. As I listened to to the arguments he presented I became more convinced that design is the only rational explanation for our existence. One in the arm for the Dawkins crew whose arguments seem more and more to be unconvincing to say the least.

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