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by Greg West
It’s been many years since I first read Lee Strobel’s excellent book, The Case for Christ (note: one of JP Moreland’s top five apologetics books). It was my first introduction to apologetics and it ignited a passion within me that I doubt will be waning anytime soon. I suspect that Lee is responsible for influencing more people to study apologetics than anyone since C.S. Lewis. This is only a suspicion of course, but I run across so many people in the apologetics community who credit Lee for introducing them to apologetics and igniting their passion for it that it’s very likely to be true.
Fast forward more than a decade after I first read The Case for Christ, and in my mailbox arrives a book called, Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels, which even before I finished reading, I realized this was the best introductory book to apologetics I’d read since Strobel’s Case for Christ.
Both Lee and Cold-Case Christianity author, J Warner Wallace have similar backgrounds—With a law degree from Yale, Lee was an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, and until recently, Wallace was a cold-case homicide homicide detective. Both are highly trained in analytical thinking, and both are former ardent atheists.
Now, I know that many of you reading this are already familiar with both Strobel’s and Wallace’s work and have read their books, so yes, I realize that I’m mostly preaching to the choir… BUT!—I also know that there’s many more people out there who just haven’t gotten around to it yet, and those are the people I hope will find their way to reading this post, because at the time of this writing, Cold-Case Christianity is on sale at Amazon for just $1.99! If you’ve wanted to start (or continue) learning apologetics and have been putting it off, now is the time. If you already own it, at this price it would be a good time to gift someone a copy, which if you know a person’s e-mail address, you can do so directly from Amazon.
J Warner Wallace’s follow-up book, God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe, is set to be released on August 1st, and until then is available at the special pre-order price of $7.99 (the paperback edition is slightly higher). I have been anxiously checking my mailbox everyday for several weeks now awaiting my advance copy (one of the perks of running a popular apologetics website) and it finally arrived today, so you can expect a review soon. It’s all I can do to keep my mind on finishing the day’s work before digging into it! I have little doubt that I’ll be recommending this one as much as I have been the previous one.