Book Review: Forensic Faith
A number of years ago, a study came out showing that Canadian young people are leaving the Church in droves. In it, several key contributing factors were identified. One such factor is that many youth and young adults feel that their intellectual questions are not being taken seriously by the Church. Often, their questions are met – usually when the person answering questions gets stuck – with the greatly dissatisfying answer: “Just have faith.” Having grown up with a naïve faith, then, these young people become disillusioned as they move on to adulthood and encounter a world of ideas hostile to the Gospel. Mistaking their lack of defense for a supposed lack of substance in the Christian faith, they leave the Church.
Against this backdrop, J. Warner Wallace’s new book, Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith, brings our attention to the importance of evidence in our faith. After all, few are better qualified to talk about this. Having been an atheist for the first 35 years of his life, he was convinced of the truth of Christianity after examining the evidence for it. (As he once put it, “I am at home with evidence because evidence brought me home.”) This is forensic faith; as opposed to unreasonable faith (faith in spite of evidence) and blind faith (faith without any evidence), forensic faith is one that is warranted by evidence.
A number of things I enjoyed about this book…
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