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The Case for Faith: The Film Review by Bethany Hankinson

Lee Strobel
Illustra Media
(877) 436-0955
P.O. Box 636
La Mirada, CA 90637-0636

At our church, we have spent a good deal of adult Sunday School lessons studying Lee Strobel’s books from his “The Case for” series. We have found many powerful pieces of apologetic evidence and application for our lives.

The Case for Faith: The Film is based on Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for Faith. Much of the films content is focused on Strobel’s interview with the late Charles Templeton, a once evangelist turned atheist. There were two basic questions that Templeton could not come to terms with in his faith: 1) Why is Jesus the only way to God? 2) How could a loving God exist if there is evil and suffering in the world?

Strobel takes these questions to scholars, theologians, and ministry leaders to get at the heart of each of these questions. Joni Eareckson Tada’s life story is shared with her powerful testament to faith in the midst of pain, suffering, and trial. In addition to the main feature, there is over an hour of bonus features that include: dealing with doubt (a featurette with Lynn Anderson), an introduction to the Christian’s response to evil and suffering, the PEACE Plan, and the St. Francis Inn. Music, resource suggestions, and a reference library are included.

We found that the 79 minute DVD provided our family with a tangible way to answer the questions that so many ask, but never seek an answer. We discovered that the bonus features were as valuable to our understanding of how to pursue our faith individually as well as the feature program. The complexities of the subject matter seem to be appropriate for teens through adult. While not specifically targeted to homeschoolers, homeschool families could use this DVD for valuable discussion starters.

Those who want to dig into pursuing their faith even in the midst of doubt will want to watch The Case for Faith: The Film.

—Product review by Bethany Hankinson, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2016