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Former Atheist Makes the Case for Christmas; Bible Gateway Hosts Free Online Bible Study with Lee Strobel Starting November 30 – Bible Gateway Blog

4-Week Video Series Explores Historical Veracity of Jesus Birth

Award-winning former legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and former atheist, Lee Strobel, uses his legal and journalism training to investigate whether the account of the birth and divinity of Jesus is logically and historically credible, in the free Case for Christmas Online Bible Study November 30, 2020January 1, 2021, sponsored by Bible Gateway, the most visited Christian website in the world. Free registration for the event is at BibleGateway.com/cfc.

In this series of videos, released one per week for four weeks, Strobel will help participants understand that the Bibles four Gospels are historically reliable in their telling of Jesus biography. He will separate the traditional myths from the real facts of the Christmas story by uncovering scholarly evidence gleaned from research and interviews regarding the true nature of Christmas.

When I was an atheist, I loved the Christmas season, because I managed to focus on all the superficial trappings of the holiday instead of the spiritual dimension, says Strobel. But after my wife, Leslie, became a Christian and I started to investigate the identity of Jesus, I wanted to separate the holiday from the holy day, the facts from the fantasy, the truth from the tradition, and get down to the historic bedrock of what Christmas is all about. I expected to discover that Christmas is built on flimsy legends that developed in the many decades after Jesus lived. I didn’t anticipate that a thorough investigation of the ancient history actually validates the Christmas narrative, because it’s based on reliable sources that are too immediate to be written off as being mere legend or make believe.

Watch this video of Strobel introducing the online study and register now.

In this 4-week experience, we set aside Santa Claus and Christmas trees and delve instead into the question of what we can really know with confidence about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, says Strobel. It is, after all, the greatest story of history. And, the greatest stories of history are the ones that turn out to be true.

Students of this series will gain automatic free access to Lee Strobels online video presentation and exclusive free bonus content, including downloads of

  • an Advent toolkit containing a Scripture reading plan and conversation cards for the season and
  • two printable Christmas script art prints.

The teaching videos will be available online for free November 30, 2020January 1, 2021.

Accompanying resources for this free online study include

Buy your copy of The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger in the FaithGateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every day        Buy your copy of The Case for Christmas Study Guide: Evidence for the Identity of Jesus in the FaithGateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every day        Buy your copy of The Case for Christmas/The Case for Easter Video Study in the FaithGateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every day

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