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The Detective Way: Moving from "Belief That" to "Belief in"
Section 1 Learn to Be a Detective: Ten important principles every aspiring detective needs to master
Chapter 1 Don't Be a "Know-It-AN": Resisting the influence of dangerous presuppositions 23
Chapter 2 Learn How to "Infer": Understanding the role of "abductive reasoning" 31
Chapter 3 Think "Circumstantially": Respecting the nature of circumstantial evidence 53
Chapter 4 Test Your Witnesses: Evaluating the reliability of witnesses 69
Chapter 5 Hang on Every Word: Examining the choice and meaning of language 87
Chapter 6 Separate Artifacts from Evidence: Determining what's important evidentially 97
Chapter 7 Resist Conspiracy Theories: Recognizing the rarity of true conspiracies 109
Chapter 8 Respect the "Chain of Custody": Establishing reliability by tracing the evidence 119
Chapter 9 Know When "Enough Is Enough": Getting comfortable with your conclusions 129
Chapter 10 Prepare for an Attack: Distinguishing between possible alternatives and reasonable refutations 139
Section 2 Examine the Evidence: Applying the principles of investigation to the claims of the New Testament
Chapter 11 Were They Present?: Were the Gospels written early enough to have been authored by true eyewitnesses? 159
Chapter 12 Were They Corroborated?: Is the testimony of the gospel writers confirmed by outside sources and evidence? 181
Chapter 13 Were They Accurate?: Did the gospel writers falsely report anything that would invalidate their testimony? 213
Chapter 14 Were They Biased?: Were the gospel writers motivated to lie about their testimony? 239
Postscript: Becoming a "Two, Decision" Christian Deciding to believe and defend the truth 253
Appendix Witnesses and Resources: Compiling the resources necessary to make the case
Case Files Expert Witnesses: Identifying the expert witnesses who can testify comprehensively about the evidence described in each chapter 265
Case Files Assisting Officers: Identifying the officers and detectives who have assisted in making the case for Christianity 273
Case Files Case Notes: Collecting the data and information supporting the evidence described in each chapter 279
Posted January 13, 2013
J. Warner Wallace worked as a police officer, a detective, and then a cold case detective. Relying on his experience, he examines first the evidence that God exists, and then he turns to the eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus. He explains the reasoning behind the techniques that a detective utilizes to examine evidence, even examines what qualifies to utilize as evidence. The book is thoroughly researched and cited, as are documents used in a court of law. Use this book when you need solid information to answer someone who is questioning or give it to someone who could benefit from the over whelming evidence of the existence of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
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Posted February 21, 2013
Have you ever served on a Jury? This book puts you on one. Cold Case Christianity is written by a Los Angeles homicide detective. His book examines the Case for the Authenticity of the Gospels and the Bible. He lays out the evidence, and teaches you how to evaluate it. Will You Convict or Acquit?
For the non believer there may never be "enough evidence", but that claim aside, can we verify the Historical Eyewitness Accounts that are the premise of our Christian Faith? Can we prove these things beyond a Reasonable doubt? Can we show the non believer that the evidence we have is sufficient?
Cold Case Christianity examines whether the evidence was handled with care. What was the "chain of custody?" Were the Gospels a fabrication? A conspiracy based on power, money or prestige?
Did all the Disciples corroborate the story?
J. Warner Wallace says No. So many people will not stick to a lie. All the Disciples, other than John, died a martyr's death but none of them recanted their story to save their lives.
Examine the dates, times, and people and what do you say? Men and Women of the Jury, Has J. Warner Wallace convinced you?