It’s a rare thing when a fundamentally religious movie manages to excite both believers and non-believers alike, but Jon Gunn’s latest Christian flick has managed to do just that in his re-telling of the true story, The Case For Christ.
Based on the autobiographical novel of the same name by author Lee Strobel, the true story of TheCaseForChrist focuses on Strobel’s journey to faith after starting out as an atheist investigative journalist who ends up delving deep into the validity of Christ’s resurrection and ending up as a Christian convert.
With an all-star cast including the likes of MikeVogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunway and Robert Forster, and with an impressive 75 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the Christian drama is sending out religious shock waves far and wide. However, just what is the true story behind The Case For Christ movie? Let’s investigate.
Meet The Real Lee Strobel: Atheist Journalist-Turned-Christian Author
Meet the real life Lee Strobel. Back in 1980, Lee was a law graduate from Yale who was one of the Chicago Tribune’s highest flying investigative journalists, jumping from being the paper’s courtroom analyst to becoming the legal editor. He was also an adamant atheist and his wife had just converted to Christianity.
‘I Was Going To Divorce Her… I Didn’t Want To Be Married To A Christian’
Naturally, when Lee’s wife Leslie converted to Christianity, this caused a huge rift in their relationship. Lee struggled to understand or empathise with his wife’s new-found faith, especially considering his background in reason, facts and skepticism. Ultimately, things got so serious that he considered ending their marriage, telling The Case For Christ interviewers on the behind-the-scenes trailer clip:
“I thought I was just going to divorce her and leave, because I didn’t want to be married to a Christian.”
To Save His Marriage, Lee Set Out To Prove Whether Christ Truly Was The Son Of God
As a final attempt to save his marriage to Leslie, Lee decided to use his wealth of training as an investigative journalist to make The Case for Christ and to ask whether there truly was “any credibility to Christianity.” On his journey, which lasted an impressive year and 9 months, Lee spoke with various experts in their fields including psychologists, archaeologists, professors, physicians and 13 evangelical Christian scholars to rigorously ascertain whether there was any truth to the story of Jesus.
His conclusion? Well, setting out to save his marriage, Lee also ended up saving his soul:
“I came to the conclusion ultimately that based on the avalanche of evidence that points so powerfully to the truth of christianity, it would have taken more faith for me to maintain my atheism then to become a Christian.”