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What would happen if an experienced homicide detective applied the investigative tools he uses to prove that God exists?

Follow former cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace in God's Crime Scene as he examines eight pieces of critical evidence in the "crime scene" of the universe to determine if they point to a "divine intruder."

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Publication Date: 2015
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There are four ways to die, and only one of them requires an intruder. Suicides, accidental, and natural deaths can occur without any evidence from outside the room. But murders typically involve suspects external to the crime scene. If there’s evidence of an outside intruder, homicide detectives have to prepare for a chase. Intruders turn death scenes into crime scenes.

Join J. Warner Wallace, former atheist, seasoned cold-case detective, and popular national speaker as he tackles his most important case ... with you on the jury!

With the expertise of a cold-case detective, J. Warner examines eight critical pieces of evidence in the "crime scene" of the universe to determine if they point to a Divine Intruder. If you have ever wondered if something (or someone) outside the natural realm created the universe and everything in it, this is the case for you.

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J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker, and author of Cold-Case Christianity. He’s been featured repeatedly on Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. He’s part of a three generation law enforcement family. J. Warner and his wife have four children and live in southern California.

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  1. JJPJ
    Brownsville, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great new way to examine the old evidence.
    February 24, 2017
    JJPJ
    Brownsville, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    After reading Mr. Wallace's last book, i know what to expect. As I had expected, it added a new way of determining the old evidence. I would highly recommend this book to the person who has just begun the task of taking on the title "apologist". I would also recommend it to thise who desire a fresh perspective at formulating an argument for the existence of God. I would also sawy that the terminology used in this title is for the intermediate reader. All around, a good addition to anyones bookshelf.
  2. James Ruberg
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    What does the evidence say?
    December 24, 2015
    James Ruberg
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I purchased God's Crime Scene because I thought it would be a good read since it was written by a cold case detective. The author begins each chapter describing a horrific crime scene and then he uses his investigatory skills to solve that crime. He relates those same analytical skills to point to God and His creation. The content of this book is very deep. He uses a lot of scientific terminology that I found difficult to comprehend. Examples of this type of terminology would be: astrophysics, quantum theories, nonspatial, atemporal, nonmaterial, paleontologist, homochirality, ribosome, nucleotides, cosyntics, apobetics, and many, many more.
  3. John
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another winner
    October 1, 2015
    John
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    J. Warner Wallace is fantastic. His logic is airtight, easy to follow, and never boring. His first book, "Cold Case Christianity" is another weapon in the apologist's arsenal. Awesome.
  4. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Presenting the Evidence
    August 11, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Judge: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, we have before us on the witness stand of this court a seasoned, cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace. He will testify to the veracity of his claims, set forth in Gods Crime Scene, that there is, indeed, a Divine Creator. Since the only charge against you, Mr. Wallace, is faulty and illogical thinking, there are no lawyers present, and I will proceed with the questioning myself. Now, having sworn to tell the truth, surely you must confess that this outdated notion of a Creator is something you grew up with, a childhood myth that you cling to for sentimental reasons.

    J. Warner Wallace (JWW): Actually, that couldnt be more incorrect. As an atheist, I was very comfortable as the captain of my own ship. My life was fulfilling and rewarding. I had been a police officer for nearly ten years and was used to being in charge in difficult situations. I didnt like intrusions, and there was no room for God in my life. I am not a theist today because I was raised by believers I wasnt. I am not a believer because I was hoping for heaven or afraid of hell I had no sense of value for either. I am not a theist because I was trying to fill a void or satisfy a need I felt none. I believe God exists because the evidence leaves me no reasonable alternative.

    Judge: Strong words indeed. Your book is set up around the notion that there is evidence for Gods involvement in creation. For those on the jury who need a refresher, give us a quick summary of your main argument.

    JWW: Id be happy to. There are four possible explanations at any death scene. Did the deceased die naturally? Did he suffer some kind of accident? Did he commit suicide? Was he murdered? One simple strategy, therefore, is to ask a foundational question: Can I account for all the evidence in this room by staying in the room? Thinking of the universe as a room, I didnt believer there was any evidence pointing to anyone outside. But I hadnt looked at the evidence carefully. My investigation of the natural universe required me to look at the characteristics of the room and determine if they could be explained fully by what already existed within the four walls. The book is my attempt to help you look at the nature of the universe my effort to share a personal investigation of Gods existence.

    Judge: OK, thats enough. Im not ready to throw hundreds of years of science out the window based on your research and your room theory.

    JWW: Thats the problem, Judge. Attempts to stay inside the room of the universe to explain its beginning are inadequate because they either lack evidential support or must redefine critical aspects of the evidence to make their case. Heres an example: The foundational laws of physics, the regional properties of our solar system, and the locational conditions of our planet resulted in our existence. But did this have to be the case? The conditions had to be just so for the outcome to be life. The just-so appearance of fine-tuning in our universe is rather uncontroversial among scientists and cosmologists. Even Paul Davies (who is agnostic when it comes to the notion of a Divine Designer) readily stipulated, Everyone agrees that he universe looks as if it was designed for life.

    Judge: I call that a lucky break for your side. You know as well as I do that you Christians cant explain all the evil in the world all the bad things that happen to innocent people. If God made this world, what do you have to say about tsunamis and earthquakes and senseless killings?

    JWW: Whatever explanation we consider, it must account for the existence of moral evil (like the evil cased by humans), natural evil (like the hardship we see resulting from earthquakes and tsunamis), and pain and suffering (like the anguish experienced by disease). I believe that evil can be reconciled if we have an accurate view of the universe from Gods perspective. For example, if we have been fashioned by a Divine Creator who offers us life beyond the limits of our short, material existence, this would surely change the way we look at pain and suffering on this side of the grave, wouldnt it? If the Divine Creator of the universe respects freedom as much as we do, we should expect a beautiful universe where love and reason are possible, even though hate and irrationality must also be tolerated and allowed. Freedom in all its beauty, does not come without associated dangers. We typically view evil as the antithesis of love. But our definition of love has been deeply compromised. There are times when the deepest, truest expression of love is some form of discipline or correction. Character is developed more through adversity than advantage. Sometimes our suffering is simply the result of bad choices on our part, but even with these explanations in mind, there are times when suffering seems entirely inexplicable. I guess you could say that were all still in the evidence gathering phase on this aspect of my case.

    Judge: Youve made some good points, but its the jury you have to convince. Do you have any closing remarks?

    JWW: For some who read my book, the evidence couldnt be clearer. For others, the case for a Divine Intruder is still lacking. Who, after all, wants to be intruded upon? If you feel this way, you might want to rethink any resistance you still have to the evidence for such an intruder in our universe. Is your resistance a matter of evidential insufficiency or simply a matter of intruder discomfort?

    Notes from the Court Clerk: All of the authors responses in this drama were taken directly from his book, Gods Crime Scene, with the exception of transitional phrases inserted to facilitate a conversational style. These have been recorded in italics. Each chapter of the book has an additional section of supplementary material for those who are interested in further information along a more academic line of thinking. The author also provides access to a panel of expert witnesses through a bibliography that includes testimonies from inside the room as well as outside the room. Well-researched and presented in an accessible and logical manner, Gods Crime Scene is an excellent addition to a homeschool curriculum and a stimulating read that lifts a heated and emotional topic above the rant and rhetoric and calls God Himself to take the witness stand.

    This book was provided by David C. Cook in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very interesting, well-argued, and easy to follow his reasoning
    August 7, 2015
    Debbie from ChristFocus
    Harrison, AR
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "God's Crime Scene" is an apologetic book that looks at evidence about the origins of the universe from the point of view of a cold case detective. Does the universe (including the earth, humans, and even their minds) show evidence of outside tampering or can the evidence be explained in purely naturalistic terms?

    The author looked at many "lines of evidence" (cosmology, biology, etc.) as he examined the case. I felt he did an excellent job of distilling the arguments down to explanations that non-scientists can understand. He quoted people from all sides of the debate, and he presented a wide range of possible explanations in the process of finding which one best fit the evidence.

    He used examples of various cases he's worked on to show how a detective examines evidence to determine if it's from an outside source and who is responsible. He then applied these methods to the evidence found in the universe. This helped to illustrate his points so I could more easily understand his reasoning.

    He only examined whether there was a Divine Intruder or not and, if so, what the evidence can tell us about this intruder. He did not attempt to argue who the Divine Intruder might be. He has another book that examines the Christian Bible to see if it's trustworthy evidence, and it's a good companion book with this one. I wouldn't hesitate to give this book to anyone who is uncertain if there is a god or not. It's also a good resource for people who like to debate this sort of thing with atheists and agnostics. This book will especially appeal to those who are interested in detective work.

    I received this ebook as a review copy from the publisher through netGalley.
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Author: J. Warner Wallace
Located in: Orange County, California
Submitted: May 30, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, Christian case maker and author. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an "evidentialist". His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

J. Warner served as a Youth Pastor for several years, then planted a church in 2006. Along the way, he created and built the Cold-Case Christianity website, blog and podcast as a place to post and talk about what he discovered related to the evidence supporting Christianity. Jim has appeared on television and radio, explaining the role that evidence plays in the Christian definition of "faith" and defending the historicity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible and the truth of the Christian worldview. Jim also speaks at churches, retreats and camps as he seeks to help people become confident Christian case makers.

J. Warner's professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured repeatedly on NBC's Dateline, and he's been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor "Sustained Superiority" Award. Relying on over two decades of investigative experience, J. Warner provides his readers with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  It's my hope that God's Crime Scene will help readers examine the nature of the universe as they sift through eight important characteristics of the cosmos, biological organisms and human experience, considering each as though it were a piece of evidence at a crime scene. Readers will be introduced to the "'inside the room' or 'outside the room'" methodology used by detectives to "determine the most reasonable inference from evidence". You'll be challenged to examine eight important pieces of evidence common to our human observations and experience. Which explanation (pure unguided naturalism or supernatural intervention) best accounts for the evidence at the "crime scene"? God's Crime Scene is a unique apologetics overview, introducing a variety of arguments and lines of evidence for God's existence from the perspective of a Cold Case Homicide Detective. It's my goal to provide a satisfying examination of eight pieces of evidence in our universe, without wandering too deeply into esoteric scientific or philosophical detail. I wrote God's Crime Scene as an accessible survey of the evidence, directed toward both the layperson as well as those who are already familiar with the data. God's Crime Scene seeks to demonstrate the truth of Theism evidentially, just as my prior work, Cold Case Christianity, sought to demonstrate the reliability of the Christian Gospels.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  "What if a brilliant prosecutor tried to prove the existence of God using real evidence and crystal clear arguments? Well, that's precisely what J. Warner does in this magnificent book -- and you get to be the jury. Don't blink. Thrilling and amazing." Eric Metaxas New York Times Best-selling author of Miracles and Bonhoeffer "Around Dateline, we had a phrase to describe J Warner Wallace: 'The Evidence Whisperer.' He would come up with some unlikely bit of long neglected flotsam, realize it was key evidence, and work it until he'd wrung out every possible lead. Jim helped bring cases to court, and our stories to life. And when I discovered he enjoys debating religious questions with an inquisitive guy like me? Well that was true joy. Mind you, we agree about almost nothing. But in this book he makes his case as always with verve and charm ...just like my friend Jim." Keith Morrison News Correspondent, Dateline (NBC) "With the tenacity of a homicide detective and the careful reasoning of a scholar, Jim Wallace uses the forensic method of scientific investigation to establish - beyond reasonable doubt - that God exists!" Dr. Stephen C. Meyer Author of the New York Times bestseller Darwin's Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design "If I am ever in court, I want Jim Wallace on my side. As he did in Cold Case Christianity, Jim demonstrates that years of experience as a detective is excellent training for clear thinking on any subject matter. He patiently unfolds the evidence just as he must have done in countless courtrooms, educating the jury on the facts of the case and on proper reasoning from the facts. Drawing analogies from actual crime scenes in his files, he lends human drama to logical arguments. A delightful book." Nancy Pearcey Author of Total Truth and Finding Truth

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