Case Number 14446: Small Claims Court


Lionsgate // 2008 // 79 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // September 4th, 2008

The Charge

A journalist investigates the toughest objections to Christianity.

The Case

Former journalist Lee Strobel returns to DVD with the latest digital adaptation of one of his books. Previously, we had seen The Case for Christ, documenting Strobel's exploration into the claims and biography of Jesus Christ. The Case for Faith broadens the investigation, with Strobel attempting to tackles some of the biggest objections to the Christian faith.

Strobel, a former atheist, underwent a conversion, and has since turned his skills to entry-level apologetics. This follow-up DVD adaptation to the follow-up book of the same name places the following objections on the table:

"Why is Jesus the only way to God?"

"How could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?"

The answers to these hardball questions are sought through the counsel of theologians like J.P. Moreland, Peter Kreeft, N.T. Wright, Rick Warren, and other assorted superstars in the realm of Christian philosophy. Strobel injects himself into the proceedings to detail his own biography, flesh out the objections and say what is needed to keep the party rolling.

So that's the game plan for the DVD. Objectively, I can say it's a well-produced educational program, sporting a selection of viewpoints and experts and narrated by an articulate, animated host. The primary purpose of the DVD is of an evangelical nature -- that is, these objections have been grappled with for centuries by some of the most gigantic brains in human history, so it's doubtful an 80-minute documentary will put these issues to rest.

But if you're either testing the waters of Christianity to see if there's something there you'd like or, perhaps, are a newcomer to the faith and want to get a general sense of what the mainstream views on these objections are, I predict you'll be well-served by this effort.

The 2.0 stereo audio and fake widescreen (non-anamorphic) make for a mediocre set of technical specs, but the extras are OK: a robust "Dealing with Doubt" bonus documentary, promo spots on two ministries, the soundtrack (eh) and additional study resources.

Post-script: as a believer, I see the value in DVDs like these, and recognize the necessity of apologetics, but not every objection has a concise answer -- I've got my own ideas, some of which are represented on the disc. I can appreciate the program as a ministry tool, but it certainly won't change the minds of atheists anytime soon. Strobel puts it best when he says, "The questions can be brutally difficult and the answers are not quick and not easy." That they are not.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 80

Perp Profile
Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)

* English

Running Time: 79 Minutes
Release Year: 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Featurettes
* Study Resources

* Official Site

* DVD Verdict Review - The Case for Christ