Based on a true story about the faith-journey of a hard-nosed journalist who believes nothing without factual evidence, A Case for Christ, starring Mike Vogel and Erika Christensen (with Faye Dunaway in a small role), was in cinemas last year and is now available on DVD and download.
"The only way to truth is through facts," says Chicago Tribune legal affairs reporter Lee Strobel. "Facts are our greatest weapon against superstition, against ignorance and against tyranny."
So, when his wife does the unthinkable and starts going to church and praying to God, Lee is convinced he can bring her back to "truth" with factual evidence that Christianity is based on a sham. He embarks on a passionate and secret crusade to destroy her *'cult-like' faith.
A colleague at work advises Lee "The entire faith hinges on the resurrection of Jesus. If it didn't happen, it's a house of cards." So Lee sets out to prove that if Jesus Christ in fact lived and died, that He was never raised to life again.
However, the deeper Lee gets into his research, and the more experts he interviews, the more walls he hits in trying to disprove the Bible's account.
In the end, Lee eventually surrenders to the reality that Jesus did rise from the dead. He confesses to his wife, "When you became a Christian, I freaked out. I was scared. ... I just had to prove the whole thing wrong. But I couldn't. The evidence for your faith is more overwhelming than I could have imagined." Then Lee talks of the powerful witness of his wife's own spiritual transformation: "But it wasn't just the evidence, OK? It was you. You never stopped loving me. You never gave up on me."
After his unlikely conversion in the early '80s, Lee went on to write a bestselling book also called A Case for Christ. He eventually left journalism to become a pastor in Chicago.
His story is dramatic and persuasive, an encouragment for Christians and non-Christians alike that belief in Jesus doesn't mean leaving your brain at the door, or basing your life on superstition instead of facts.
The movie is rated PG and has no sex or swearing but does protray Lee's retreat into contempt, anger and alcohol in response to his wife's conversion.
As a side note, the movie, full of 70s-era clothing, music and outdated technology is also a fun blast from the past.•