May 1, 2011

Movie Monday: The Case for Christ

Welcome to the first installment of Movie Monday: Documentary Edition.

Please don't tune me out for this one. I think, no matter who you are or what you believe, you'll find this documentary interesting.

Before we go into the actual substance of the documentary, let me tell you about Lee Strobel. Lee Strobel wrote the book on which this documentary is based. Strobel, a graduate of Yale Law, was a legal journalist for the Chicago Tribune; that is, he reports on court cases. He has an analytical mind and a penchant for investigation. And this documentary is about his investigation, as an atheist, into the evidence surrounding the person of Jesus.

The documentary can be subdivided into two parts: Part 1, Whether the Bible is historically accurate and textually authoritative, and Part 2, if Jesus is the Messiah.

The thing I loved about this documentary is that it really fed my mind. You know I have done research in the past about how we got the Bible and whether or not it can be trusted to say today what it said originally 2000 years ago. So this isn't unfamiliar territory to me - and yet I learned so much during the first portion of this documentary. So much about history, about textual criticism, about oral tradition - it just blew my socks off.

Of course, as with Strobel, once you accept that what the Bible says is historically accurate and textually authoritative, then you have to decide whether you believe the content is true. That was the second part of the documentary.

All in all, I thought this was a very compelling documentary built around an individual's personal investigation into the most widely read book in human history, from an atheist perspective, from a Jewish perspective, and from a Christian perspective. It doesn't try and manipulate your emotions. This is a purely intellectual look at what the Bible says and who Jesus is.

Did you watch this week's documentary? What did you think?

Honorable mention: Spirit of the Marathon. A very inspiring documentary tracking a half-dozen individuals training for the Chicago marathon.

Next week: Sound and Fury.

4 comments:

  1. I actually did watch it...maybe two weeks ago? I really, really enjoyed it. I was also interested that one person's journey (Strobel's wife's...mine) could be so much different than other (like Strobel himself) and it's just mercy and grace that both emotional need and intellectual need both bring us right to the cross. Beautiful.

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  2. Woohooo! I've been anxiously waiting for you to start this and hope it's an ongoing project! I love documentaries, but would rather someone else do the discovery work and tell me which ones are worth watching... so... thanks! :)
    This one sounds very interesting and I think will be a great one for me and the husband to watch together.

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  3. I haven't watched it yet but I just added it to my instant queue and plan on doing so when we get home!!!!!!

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  4. I loved this book! I have not watched the documentary yet but I am definitely going to now. . .well, after graduation;)

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