Exclusive: The Case for Christ author Lee Strobel on facts and feelings, and seeing your life turned into a movie

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Lee Strobel was an atheist and a hotshot journalist — publishing his first book, about the Ford Pinto trial, when he was 28 — when his life hit a roadbump he hadn’t expected: his wife became an evangelical Christian.

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Newsbites: The independent Christian film edition!

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Here are three quick news items that came up over the past week.

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Review: God’s Not Dead 2 (dir. Harold Cronk, 2016)

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There’s a joke waiting to be told in the fact that God’s Not Dead 2 is coming out on April Fool’s Day. The Psalms suggest it takes a fool to say in his heart that there is no God, so perhaps the filmmakers thought they were having a private laugh at the unbeliever’s expense when they picked the release date. Thing is, given all the sloppy apologetics, preachy dialogue and silly plot contortions that lie within this “faith-based” film, it isn’t the atheists who come out looking foolish in the end.

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Review: God’s Not Dead (dir. Harold Cronk, 2014)

Warning: This review will discuss several major spoilers, including the ending.

Christian films have a bad reputation, and it is often quite justified. But as one who has been involved with church-drama ministries and the like, I have never been able to dismiss the genre entirely. And that’s why I have made a point of trying to look for the positive elements in films like, say, the ones produced by the Kendrick brothers (Facing the Giants, Fireproof, Courageous).

As I have argued before, there is nothing wrong with a Christian “niche”. Christians, like other groups of people, have special needs and interests, and sometimes they require special kinds of films that people outside our community won’t “get”.

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