Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
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.
November 9, 2013
Homicide DetectiveÃ¢ÂÂs Method To Prove Christianity
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 canÃ¢ÂÂt 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.
August 20, 2013
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.
August 1, 2013
A solid defense of Orthodox Christianity
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!
May 15, 2013