Stobel, a journalist and Harvard Law School graduate, was the legal affairs editor at the Chicago Tribune in the 1980s when he attempted to disprove the existence of God. Instead, deep research into Christianity resulted in Stobel converting and becoming a Christian apologist. He is the author of several books, including “The Case for Christ.”
On April 7, “The Case for Christ,” a film based on Strobel’s book, will be released from Pure Flix and Triple Horse Studios.
The Gospel Herald asked Strobel about his thoughts on the film. An excerpt:
GH: You wrote “The Case for Christ” several years ago, and it’s been read by millions. Why did you finally decide to create a film based on your story?
LS: I think there are so many people that won’t read a book, but they will go to a movie. They won’t go to church, but they’ll go to the theater. I think this is an opportunity to reach a whole new crowd with the truth of Christianity in a story that is compelling and winsome. It’s a love story; it’s a father and son relationship; it’s a story of big-city journalism; it’s a story of a spiritual journey. It’s interesting, the other day I saw that Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year is “post-truth,” meaning that facts are less influential than appeals to emotion. I think we are in a challenging time for Christians, because our faith is based on truth, not on fairy-tales or legends or mythology. And so, how do we present that truth of Christianity in a creative and compelling way? I think, by harnessing the drama of cinema, we can present the evidence for the Christian faith in a way that is especially appropriate for this generation.