Former journalist and atheist Lee Strobel uses his legal and journalism training to investigate whether the account of the birth and divinity of Jesus is logically and historically credible, in the free “Case for Christmas” Bible study. The study will be available from November 30 through January 1 through Bible Gateway.
In this series of videos, released one per week for four weeks, Strobel will help participants understand that the Bible’s four Gospels are historically reliable in their telling of Jesus’ biography. He will separate the traditional myths from the real facts of the Christmas story by uncovering scholarly evidence gleaned from research and interviews regarding the true nature of Christmas.
“When I was an atheist, I loved the Christmas season, because I managed to focus on all the superficial trappings of the holiday instead of the spiritual dimension,” Strobel said. “But after my wife, Leslie, became a Christian and I started to investigate the identity of Jesus, I wanted to separate the holy day from the holiday, the facts from the fantasy, the truth from the tradition, and get down to the historic bedrock of what Christmas is all about.
“I expected to discover that Christmas is built on flimsy legends that developed in the many decades after Jesus lived. I didn’t anticipate that a thorough investigation of the ancient history actually validates the Christmas narrative because it’s based on reliable sources that are too immediate to be written off as being mere legend or make-believe.”
Students of this series will gain automatic free access to Lee Strobel’s online video presentation and exclusive free bonus content, including downloads of an Advent toolkit containing a Scripture reading plan and conversation cards for the season, and two printable Christmas script art prints.
–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice