Book Review: Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace
by Mark McIntyre
A while ago, J. Warner Wallace approached me about doing a review of his book, Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. I was aware of his work as a result of reading the Cold Case Christianity Blog and was interested in reading the book so agreed to to the review.
Based on my previous exposure, I expected the book to be worth reading and in this I was not disappointed. I especially like the way that Mr. Wallace weaves in stories from his days as a detective to illustrate the principles found in the book.
The premise of the book is that the author, who spent many years as a cold case detective, would apply the lessons learned in investigating old murder cases to evaluating the claims of Christianity.
Here is how the author describes the similarities between investigating cold case murders to investigating the claims of Christianity:
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Unlike other lesser crimes, an unsolved homicide is never closed; time doesn’t run out on a murder investigation. My particular agency has dozens of unsolved murders that remain open, waiting for someone to take the time to reexamine them. There are many similarities between investigating cold cases and investigating the claims of Christianity. Cold-case homicides are events from the distant past for which there is often little or no forensic evidence. These kinds of cases are sometimes solved on the basis of eyewitness testimony, even though many years have passed between the point of the crime and the point of the investigation . . . Christianity makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little or no forensic evidence. Like cold cases, the truth about what happened can be discovered by examining the statements of eyewitnesses and comparing them with what little additional evidence is accessible to us.
J. Warner had me hooked right from the start of the book with a story about how a police officer learned to trust his bullet proof vest as a result of a shoot-out with a parolee who did not want to return to jail. As the story was related in print, the hours that I wasted watching crime dramas through the years finally paid off as I could clearly imagine the scene as it was described in the book…
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