The Ghost of “The Case for Christ”

This film is the first “Christian” film  I’ve seen in a good long time that actually seems to be getting decent reviews.

And yet…

From Rotten Tomatoes:

A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the ChicagoTribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed-or didn’t believe-as an avowed atheist. Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage.

Odds that this movie promotes the false, harmful, and vile narrative that women are “naturally spiritual” and men need to be saved by their wives: Approaching 100% at the speed of light.

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8 Responses to The Ghost of “The Case for Christ”

  1. John says:

    Isn’t this supposed to be based on a true story?

  2. dpmonahan says:

    While I agree with guys like Dalrock about the problem with sacralizing female whims, wasn’t the spread of the faith achieved in part through women converting their husbands? Seems to have been a recurring theme in Roman days or the conversion of barbarian chieftains. Even with the Turks, Christian harem girls would often get the Sultan to go easy on his Christian subjects.

  3. Cane Caldo says:

    Hadn’t heard this movie was in the works.

    Odds that this movie promotes the false, harmful, and vile narrative that women are “naturally spiritual” and men need to be saved by their wives: Approaching 100% at the speed of light.

    You’re right to be suspicious. However; I will say that the trailer does not present that sort of view. It displays a man on a mission to find out for himself; not one who is dragged around by his wife. He talks to priests, historians, teachers, and various other experts. It does not show Strobel ask his wife to show him “how to do Christianity”. The trailer matches what I recall of the book I read 15 or so years ago.

    What we should expect is that, whatever the story, the mainstream Christian media will report on this movie as if it were titled: The Case for Female Spiritual Superiority.

    I also want to note here that you are critical of the messaging of The Case for Christ in a way which you should apply much more strongly to other films and media.

    • Mostly I’m thinking of “War Room” here.

      And it’s notable it’s marketed as a Christian movie.

      It is, of course, possible the movie is perfectly fine. I’m just suspicious.

  4. Cane Caldo says:

    @dpmonahan

    [W]asn’t the spread of the faith achieved in part through women converting their husbands?

    Wives win over husbands, but they don’t convert them. “Wife converts husband” is a clever lie which assumes too much.

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