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The Point: The Meaning of Easter: Strobel vs. Gervais


John Stonestreet

It’s Lee Strobel vs. Ricky Gervais.

Ricky Gervais, famous for the British version of “The Office” wrote an Easter article in the Wall Street Journal called: “Why I’m a Good Christian.”

He hasn’t converted. He’s just arguing that atheists like himself can be good guys while Christians don’t live up to their own rules. Of course, every Christian I know would agree. And, it’s not clear what difference it makes. Every Christian could be a bad person and every atheist kind and loving, but it doesn’t change whether Christianity is true!

Lee Strobel’s response to Gervais was right on. As an atheist, Strobel realized that the real issue was Jesus Christ: was he who he said he was and especially did he rise from the dead.  Strobel investigated, and he’s no longer an atheist.

Gervais says Jesus was a good guy, but as C. S. Lewis said that’s not the point. He didn’t claim to be a good guy He claimed to be God, and the resurrection either proves it or disproves it.


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