Lee Strobel is a Christian apologist and author whose book, The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence that Points Toward God, is on Dr. Eric Hedin’s reading list for his creationism-infested “science” course at Ball State University. Strobel claims that he was once an atheist, but that the evidence turned him religious.
Wikipedia characterizes the book thusly, which is perfectly in line with the other books on Hedin’s one-sided creationist reading list:
Lee Strobel is the apologist that made it cool for Christians to call themselves ex-atheists. None (!) of these so called ex-atheists demonstrate a sound knowledge of the atheist position; none of them realize that atheism and agnosticism aren’t mutually exclusive, and that non-religiosity (in practice, for lack of a better word) and atheism (in practice) aren’t the same. While it is true that atheism incorporates non-religiosity, atheism is much more in practice. Lee Strobel has no atheist publications. That’s a glaring issue. Moreover, he doesn’t demonstrate a knowledge of even the most common atheistic arguments (i.e. the Problem of Evil; the Omnipotence Paradox); he demonstrates no skepticism concerning Jesus historicity. A former atheist (on par with Dawkins, Harris, Carrier, etc.) would know why atheists reject the historicity of the divine Christ or even the historical Jesus portraits put forth by a number of scholars. Lee Strobel isn’t a former atheist; he’s simply someone who uses the label as means to seem more honest. In any case, if Christians want to invoke ex-atheist as an argument for god, atheists have the right to invoke ex-Christian as an argument against god—and the statistics are undoubtedly in our favor.