A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
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.
About the Author
J. Warner Wallace is a cold case homicide detective, a missions leader, and a church planter. As a result of his legal career, 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 fiercely vocal, self-proclaimed atheist for most of his life, Wallace is now a Christian and an apologist for the faith. He is 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.
“Cold-Case Christianity is a fantastic book. I wish I had this resource when I first examined the Christian faith. It would have answered many of my questions and helped set me on the track to truth.” — Josh McDowell, Speaker and author of Evidence that Demands A Verdict
“Cold-Case Christianity is simply the most clever and compelling defense I’ve ever read for the reliability of the New Testament record. Case closed.” — Gregory Koukl, President of Stand to Reason, Speaker and author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions
“It’s a fascinating process, with Jim drawing on his quarter century of police experience to explain how and why the evidence of history decisively tips the scales in favor of Christianity.” — Lee Strobel, Author of The Case for Christ and The Case For Faith
Table of Contents
Preface: The Detective Way. Moving from “Belief That” to “Belief In”
Section One: Learn to be a Detective
- Don’t Be a Know-It-All
- Learn how to Infer
- Think Circumstantially
- Test Your Witnesses
- Hang on Every Word
- Separate Artifacts from Evidence
- Resist Conspiracy Theories
- Respect the Chain of Custody
- Know When Enough is Enough
- Prepare for an Attach
Section Two: Examine the Evidence
- 11) Were They Present?
- 12) Were They Corroborated?
- 13) Were They Accurate?
- 14) Were They Biased?
- Postcript: Becoming a “Two Decision” Christian
- Witnesses and Resources
- Expert Witnesses
- Assisting Officers
- Case Notes