Why Are You a Believer? A Review of Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace
by Bill Pratt
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. Wallace has written two popular books defending the truth claims of Christianity: Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene.
Cold-Case Christianity provides readers with ten principles of cold case investigations and utilizes these principles to examine the reliability of the New Testament gospels. In God’s Crime Scene, Wallace investigates eight pieces of evidence in the universe to make the case for God’s existence.
But having written these two helpful books, Wallace came to realize, as he spoke in churches across America, that many of the Christians attending his presentations doubted the need for Christian evidences in the first place.
When Wallace asks audiences why they are Christians, he typically gets these answers:
“I was raised in the church” / “My parents were Christians” / “I’ve been a Christian as long as I can remember”
“I’ve had an experience that convinced me” / “The Holy Spirit confirmed it for me” / “God demonstrated His existence to me”
“I was changed by Jesus” / “I used to be [fill in your choice of immoral lifestyle], and God changed my life”
“Because I just know the Bible is true” / “Because God called me to believe”
But why, he wondered, does nobody ever answer the question with “I am a Christian because it is true“? After all, isn’t that the primary reason we should believe anything?
But many of the Christians Wallace encountered seemed to set aside their Christian beliefs as somehow privileged, as exempt from evidential considerations. This approach to Christian belief, however, is just not acceptable.
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