Making the case for a skeptic's conversion

Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

"Case for Christ" filmIn 1998, a little-known book written by a Chicago reporter took the Christian and secular world by surprise, and now "The Case for Christ" is going to the silver screen.


"The Case for Christ" opens this weekend in theaters across the U.S.


You've probably asked yourself who would play you if Hollywood made a movie about your life. For author Lee Strobel, it wasn't Matt Damon or Brad Pitt.

 “I thought Jack Black was going to play me," he jokingly tells OneNewsNow. "I thought that would be appropriate.”

Instead, veteran Hollywood actor Mike Vogel portrays Strobel in the film, which is set for release in April. 

Strobel was an atheist when his wife, Leslie, surprised him with her new-found Christian faith. The seasoned reporter and Chicago Tribune editor set out to disprove the claims of a faith that had changed his wife. 

The movie is part mystery, part love story, and completely unapologetic about being a Christian film.

Leslie says the film also revisits a troubled time for the Strobel family.

“It is honest," she says. "I mean that's how our life was. And we're not proud of it, but it's reality, and God's redeeming it, so we're happy with that.”


Not to give away the ending, but the moment of truth came to Lee on November 8, 1981 at 2:00 p.m.

“I kind of stood back," Strobel says, "and I said, You know, in light of the avalanche of evidence that points so powerfully towards the truth of Christianity, it would have taken more faith to maintain my atheism than to become a Christian.”

Strobel says the book has had a great impact, and he is hoping the movie will be even more successful. For that to happen, he says Christians need to bring an unsaved friend.

“I really believe the most important moment of that evening is not going to be the movie," he predicts. "It's going to be the conversation after the movie."

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