God made us, we messed things up, Jesus paid for us
The remarkable story of Chicago journalist Lee Strobel's journey from atheist to believer, is dramatised in this upcoming Jon Gunn flick.
The My Date with Drew director has taken on the challenge of adapting Strobel's famous book, The Case for Christ into a feature-length movie. Mike Vogel (The Help) and Erika Christensen (Parenthood) star as Lee Strobel and Leslie Strobel respectively, with appearances by veteran thespians Faye Dunaway and Robert Forster.
In 1980, Lee Strobel was an investigative journalist at the top of his game. He just received a promotion at the Chicago Tribune following his coverage of the high-profile Ford Pinto trial. After a harrowing incident in which the Strobels' daughter Allison nearly died, Leslie starts attending the Willow Creek Community Church, much to her atheist husband's chagrin. Subsequently, Lee decides to put his expertise in investigative journalism into a special project: proving the resurrection of Jesus did not happen and Christianity is simply a cult. This causes much tension with the rest of his family.
Lee interviews various religious scholars as well as medical professionals who share his scepticism. Along the way, his wife gives birth to their son Kyle, his father passes on and an investigation into the shooting of a police officer goes pear-shaped. Finally, Lee becomes convinced of Jesus' existence and his resurrection and starts going to church with his wife and their two young children. He resigns from his job with the newspaper and turns to writing books, the first being The Case for Christ.
Incredible journey: Investigative journalist Lee Strobel went from avowed atheist to devout Christian while seeking to disprove theories about the Resurrection of Jesus.
Gunn's cinematography is simply breathtaking in The Case for Christ, creating a serious melodrama balanced out with several humorous moments woven into the narrative. Vogel puts in a convincing performance as the staunchly atheist Lee, who only ever believes logic and hard facts and takes pride in his work as an investigative journalist. It is hard not to draw parallels between him and the apostle Paul. Both experienced conversion under the most difficult circumstances.
This movie would certainly appeal to those interested in the Christian faith. It opens officially in Perth on 4 May.