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

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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 ...
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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.
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Wallace applies the skills he gained as a cold-case homicide detective to examine the validity of the Gospels in this book, that charts his progression from atheist to believer. Wallace alternates between musings about Christianity and anecdotes from his career as a detective, drawing parallels between his beliefs and experiences. He begins by describing the techniques he’ll use to validate the Gospels. Wallace explains, for instance, how to verify the reliability of witnesses and get comfortable with one’s conclusions. The book’s second section finds him applying these methods and investigating Christianity as a cold case. Reader Bill DeWees gives a friendly, accessible performance. His reading evokes listeners’ interest without ever becoming being overly forceful—and this is a good balance to strike when trying to make a persuasive case. However, when DeWees describes some of Wallace’s homicide investigations—e.g., a victim lying partially naked on her bed, strangled—his breezy tone feels inappropriate. A David C. Cook paperback. (Feb.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781613751824
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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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 with a master's degree in theology, and the founder of the PleaseConvinceMe.com blog and podcast. He and his wife, Susie, have four children and live in Southern California.
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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    J. Warner Wallace worked as a police officer, a detective, and t

    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

     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? 

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