False apologetics in „The Case for Christ” (2017)

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As an entire strand of apologetics, „The Case for Christmas” ia built on a flawed premise: religion is based on reason.

It is as you could make a case for Christ gathering evidence about his resurrection, and once this is rightly collected, you are forced into believing. No other option is left, no other path remains open.

There are two intertwined stories in the movie, of unequal force and impact on the viewer. First, we witness the pseudo-journalistic endeavour of researching leading scientific authors in the field of biblical archaeology and psychology. As I have said, it is unconvincing.

On the other hand, we watch a family drama going almost to the breaking point. 

I think that it is exactly this direction of the film which is the most important. Most often, religion and church attendance is a matter of family bonding, rather than a matter of reason.The screenplay shows both of them, but, on the same time, an insidious attempt at manipulation is taking place: the main character embraces faith because he has researched „the case”, not because his wife’s love for him proves to be rock-solid.

1Cor 7:13-1Cor 7:14 GNT And if a Christian woman is married to a man who is an unbeliever and he agrees to go on living with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made acceptable to God by being united to his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made acceptable to God by being united to her Christian husband. If this were not so, their children would be like pagan children; but as it is, they are acceptable to God.

In my opinion, the message of the film is exactly this verse: a family drama which revolves around matters of faith and which concludes in reconciliation.

Unfortunately, the acting of this would-be major personal change is mediocre. The Lee Strobel’s character is a unconvincingly portrayed as a self-important investigative journalist, putting on airs because of his editorial accomplishments. During his investigation and even after his conversion, his values does not change: he manifests the same trust in his power of perception, in his ability to judge facts. Only the object of his investigation has changed, not the way he looks into it.

 

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