The Case for Christ is a film adaptation of Lee Strobel’s best-selling book of the same name, one that has made an enormous splash in Evangelical circles and beyond. It is the true story of a young, ambitious (and atheist) reporter for the Chicago Tribune, who fell into a psychological and spiritual crisis when his wife became a Christian. In an attempt to bring his wife back to atheism, Lee used his considerable analytical and investigative skills to debunk the resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus didn’t rise, Strobel realizes, all of Christianity crumbles like a house of cards. In this episode, Bishop Robert Barron walks alongside Strobel through many of the common claims against the Resurrection of Jesus and explains why each lacks credibility in the face of real historical evidence. The listener question wonders how he might overcome objections from his loved ones as he joins the Church.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:17  – Introduction, Bishop’s recent Confirmations.
  • 2:40 – What is The Case for Christ about?
  • 4:36 – Is it wrong to ask hard questions about your faith?
  • 7:10 – How is historical evidence used in the evaluation of the Christian faith?
  • 9:00 – What’s wrong with seeing the Resurrection as a symbol of myth?
  • 12:30 – Is it possible that the witnesses of the Resurrection were hallucinating?
  • 16:30 – Is it possible that Jesus didn’t die on the cross but simply fainted and was fully revived three days later?
  • 20:24 – How do the claims against the Resurrection hold up against the historical evidence as a whole?
  • 23:35 – How do people become convinced that the Resurrection is true?
  • 25:41 – What was the converging moment for Lee Strobel?
  • 27:24 – Question from listener: What do you do when your friends and family don’t support your decision to join the Church?

Bonus Resources

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4 comments on “WOF 071: The Case for the Resurrection

  1. Kevin Aug 11, 2017

    Bishop Barron, you and the Word on Fire Show is just what is needed in the world today.
    I am 64 and was raised a catholic and went to a Catholic primary school and a Catholic secondary school, I married a catholic and next year we wil celebrate 40 years of marriage. We have 3 wonderful children and 5 grandchildren.
    We are both very involved in our parish and love the Mass and the Church.
    Since we discovered Word on Fire, we have come to a better understanding of what it is to be a Christian and have learnt so much from what you have made available online, especially the Homilies.
    I often pray for you and your wonderful team and look forward to reading the daily gospel reflection every morning before work (while eating breakfast)
    God bless you and your team,
    Kevin & Bernadette Straka
    (New Zealand)

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  4. Ray Keilthy Aug 16, 2018


    I have listened to your excellent podcast on Resurection but still have some questions which bother me: I accept the scenario where you have clarified the situation re the remarried widow however on a more practical ( if this is the correct word to use) basis if we are to be reincarnated / rebodied at what stage of our development (age) will we be ressurected to and also if we are to be “rebodied” physically where will we be based? If we are to be ressurected bodily- all of mankind – we will have to live/ exist in a physical location. How can this be explained?