You can believe because of the evidence, not in spite of it. For the first thirty-five years of his life, J. Warner Wallace was a devout atheist. After all, how can you believe a claim made about an event in the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence? Then Wallace realized something. Christianity was a lot like the cold cases he solved as a homicide detective - cold cases that turned out to have enough evidence, eyewitnesses, and records to solve. When Wallace applied his skills as an expert detective to the assertions of the New Testament, he came to a startling realization: the case for Christianity was as convincing as any case he'd ever worked as a detective.
- Excellent resource
An excellent book! A great resource book for anyone who is wanting to study apologetics or who is wanting to build up their own faith with modern facts relating to evidence concerning the Bible.
- Awesome book discussing non scientific evidence for the gospel story
In our day we are often challenged to scientifically prove certain elements about God, funny thing is the challenging party generally doesn't have any scientific proof of their stance either. Nevertheless, just because evidence isn't scientific does not mean it's invaluable. This is a very good book discussing another very important type of evidence substantiating the gospels. I love his perspective and his background lends a lot of credibility to what he's saying. All Christians should read and understand books like this as simply believing without any reason begs the question why Christ and not any other religion. I highly recommend this.
- Fascinating book on the Gospels as eye-witness testimony of Christ's life
Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels is one of the latest books to examine the evidence for the reliability of the New Testament. Homicide detective J. Warner Wallace was an atheist before he began putting Christianity to the same tests that he places witnesses and suspects to in his investigations of crimes.
It is a fantastic book. The fact that many readers are familiar with detective work either through their own experience in our jobs or through watching the latest episodes of CSI on TV, makes his way of presenting very understandable but not shallow. Wallace places the reader in the courtroom as the juror and himself as the attorney defending the truth of Christianity using expert witnesses that are cross-examined for reliability. The fact that he begins with the importance of jurors leaving presuppositions at the door in cases and ends with valid reasons to maintain a bias (often mistaken as presuppositions), he urges the reader to take an objective look at the evidence and come to a conclusion based upon reason and not emotion.
This book is highly recommended for anyone who is even remotely concerned with the reliability of the New Testament. It is not a dry presentation of just facts, rather it brings a detective's investigation for the truth to life for the reader. However, a specific recommendation would be for anyone who is a detective, has aspirations of becoming a detective, or is a fan of crime-dramas on TV. This book was written from that specific perspective and will not disappoint. If one is an apologist or pastor or small-group leader, this book needs to be on your shelf, not only for yourself, but for those you come across who may appreciate the unique perspective that a detective of 30 years will bring to the worldview courtroom.