Movie Review: The Case for Christ

Wow! It has been forever since I’ve reviewed a movie. My apologies. 🙂

I just had to review The Case for Christ because of its tremendous popularity as a book and its approaching release on DVD. So let’s begin!

Summary: The story behind The Case for Christ is a common one for many Christians. Lee Strobel, a devout atheist, is completely against God and religion. However, when his daughter is miraculously saved by a stranger, his wife begins soul-searching. She trusts Christ as her Savior and starts attending church. Lee cannot understand her conversion and is frustrated with her recent changes. Lee’s wife, who continually prays for his salvation, is likewise frustrated by his complaints about her conversion and his refusal to accept her point of view. In an effort to prove his wife (and ultimately, Christianity) wrong, he talks with several different people, from a priest to a medical doctor. In the end, he realizes the legitimacy of the gospels and trusts Christ for salvation. The subplots in the story include Lee’s conflict with his father and the compelling case that Lee must solve as a news reporter.

Message: The main theme of the movie is that the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ proves that He is who He claims to be in the Bible. Also, this movie strongly argues that no one is too far from Christ to know Him personally. The prayers and godly example of patience that Lee’s wife demonstrated helped guide Lee to God.

Tizzie’s Take: Overall, the movie used believable actors and actresses. The story was fairly interesting. However, it did movie slowly at times. It wasn’t the best Christian film I’ve seen, but it definitely was not the worst. Though it wasn’t as dramatic as some Christian movies, like Courageous, the general story and theme were compelling; and much of the information Lee Strobel discovered was new to me and may be new to you as well.

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, but with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15 NASB)

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