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Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

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A riveting journey through Christianity using the analytical lenses of a former atheist and L.A. County homicide detective!

Christianity, with all of its claims coule easily be described as a "cold-case"; a case for which insufficient hard evidence exists to make any sound conclusions about its truth claims. However, in Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally acclaimed skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs.

He includes gripping stories from his career and the visual and interrogation techniques he developed in while a police officer. Along the way, he uses analogy and anecdotes to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.

A unique apologetic that speaks to readers' intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1434704696
ISBN-13: 9781434704696
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Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator.

 
Christianity could be defined as a "cold case": it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence. In Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally recognized skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. Including gripping stories from his career and the visual techniques he developed in the courtroom, Wallace uses illustration to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.
 
A unique apologetic that speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, Cold-Case Christianity inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.

Author Bio

J. Warner Wallace is a cold case homicide detective, a missions leader, and a church planter. As a result of his work with cold cases, Wallace has been featured on numerous television programs including Dateline, FOX News and Court TV. Wallace’s visual presentations in the courtroom have revolutionized how capital offense trials are presented in Los Angeles County and across the country.A vocal atheist for many years, Wallace is now an apologist for Christianity and the founder of the PleaseConvinceMe.com blog and podcast with a master’s degree in theology. He and his wife have four children and live in southern California.


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"My friend Jim Wallace was an angry atheist for 35 years until he walked through the doors of Saddleback Church. There his life was radically changed by Jesus. Today, Jim is one of the most thoughtful and winsome apologists for the Gospel I know. Cold Case Christianity is literally packed with insights to share with the skeptics in your life and this book will give you the confidence to share it!"

Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church

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  1. Irene
    United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Study of the Gospels
    January 11, 2014
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I know this book has gotten very good reviews. I was not so sure when I first started reading it if I would like it or not as the subject seemed to be a heavy one. There were parts where I really had to concentrate on what was being said which made it hard to enjoy reading. Even though I was bored at times, that was just a personal issue! The book itself has wonderful information and is well written. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in studying the Gospels. If , however, you do not like deep books that will make you think, then you should skip the book!

    I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  2. Steve
    Pendleton, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding!
    November 9, 2013
    Steve
    Pendleton, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend. Initially I was somewhat skeptical as to whether I would get much from it, since I had previously read Lee Strobel's similar book "The Case for Christ" and even taught it to two different groups at my church. I was wrong. "Cold-Case Christianity" covers much of the same material, but Wallace presents it in a fascinating way. His experiences as a homicide detective, and especially his understanding of eyewitness testimony, really deepened my understanding of the seeming contradictions between the gospel accounts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying the case for the validity of the New Testament scriptures.
  3. Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Homicide Detective’s Method To Prove Christianity
    August 20, 2013
    Woofiejo
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    J. Warner Wallace does an outstanding job of using his skills as a L.A. homicide detective (who has solved many cold cases) to look at the case for Christianity. By examining numerous eye witness accounts of the events, he looks for inconsistencies in their stories to disprove the truth of Christianity only to find that all the accounts are amazingly consistent and he can't crack the case. It must be true.

    The first section of the book teaches you how to be a detective and applies those principles to the case for Christianity. The second section helps you examine the evidence using a series of questions that good detectives use. The third section is the appendix and gives credit to the expert witnesses that were used, the assisting officers and the case notes and supporting evidence.

    All in all, a fun and fresh way to examine the case for Christianity in a relevant way for today.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from David C Cook in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
  4. Luke Nix
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic book!
    August 1, 2013
    Luke Nix
    Moore, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was originally written for a popular Christian apologetics site. For the sake of brevity only the concluding thoughts are included here:

    Cold-Case Christianity 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.
  5. Lance
    Littleton, CO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A solid defense of Orthodox Christianity
    May 15, 2013
    Lance
    Littleton, CO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well written, with solid evidential arguments in defense of orthodox Biblical Christianity. Wallace brings such a fresh and unique perspective, with years of qualified investigative experience. Applied to the realm of biblical historicity and authenticity, Wallace's expertise as a cold case homicide detective pays off and provides the reader with a new set of tools that will assist them in becoming a "case-making Christian." This is a book that I will reference time and again as I address the common questions, and the not so common questions, that I hear from coworkers and friends on a regular basis. And thanks to Mr. Wallace's work (and the guiding to the Holy Spirit, of course), I've already had a great theological encounter with a coworker of mine who saw the book sitting in my bookbag!
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