Saturday, July 25, 2015

"The Case for Faith" with Lee Strobel: Can one faith be more "true" than another?

In “The Case for Faith”, directed (2007) by Lad Allen, Lee Strobel (following his book of the same name) goes on a journey to look at the troubling questions about Christianity raised when older evangelist Charles Templeton (Bob Davidson) gives up preaching, even though without resources, out of his own doubt in whether be believes what he preaches.  Templeton had written “Why Only Christianity” and the film takes on the question, what right to Christians have to believe they are more correct than other religions?

Strobel builds is case on the idea that Christianity is predicated on a personal intervention from God through a real human, his son, rather than just on ideas and teaching and rules to follow.  He does explain the need for Grace in his own way.  I would say that Grace is necessary because quantum physics guarantees that no one can always be right!

“Evil” is not a thing, but it will necessarily surface when living beings have free will.  In terms of physics, free will is what counteracts entropy.

The film covers some personal tragedies, including a tragic automobile accident in a driveway in Boston in the winter.  It also reenacts a little of the morning of 9/11.

There is the odd line, God won’t let us approach suffering with our own agenda.

There is also the idea that it is impossible for God to lie, which fits in with yesterday’s film.

The DVD has a tutorial called “Dealing with Doubt” (with Lynn Anderson). There is the interesting idea of “the gift of faith”.  There is discussion of the need to "want to believe".

I can remember some rather coercive personal communions back at MCC  Dallas in the 1980s, "I've a believer, not a doubter".  (I even remember being approached and invited to supper to talk about God. )  But many religions do attack "unbelievers" (or "infidels"). 
There is a second tutorial called “The Least of These: The Christian’s response to evil and suffering”.This comprises several short films, which seem to be sponsored by Rick Warren and the Saffleback Church. 

There is a set of three films sponsored by "The Peace Plan".  These are "It Is Time", and then "Stratton's Story", in which a minister in Rwanda helps victims of AIDS without regard to sin, and "Joel's Story", where families affected by war in Rwanda.  Then there is "The St. Francis Inn", which provides community assistance (and perhaps "radical hospitality") in the Kensington section of Philadelphia.  There is a great deal of emphasis on personal right-sizing and the willingness to walk in the shoes of another and and allow connections to others to become more meaningful even when they are not freely chosen.

The closest I could come to an official site was the "Questar1" site given on the DVD.

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