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Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels

Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels [Kindle Edition]

J. Warner Wallace , Lee Strobel
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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.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detective work on the Gospels 2 Jun 2013
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This is like Who Moved the Stone by Frank Peretti which I found very convincing many years ago. However this author is a detective not a lawyer and so he picks up different threads of evidence and makes a great presentation of the facts about the Crucifixion, non Christian sources and other evidence.
Very insightful. I recommend it very much.
What I particularly liked was that he shows the evidence and doesn't try to make it fit a conclusion but gives other possible conclusions helping you to make your own mind up.
In passing he also explains some of the differences between the gospels.
A great book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening book 27 April 2013
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I have been a Christian for just over 10 years and have read loads of apologetic books, many have been helpful but to be honest a lot of them are just the same thing but with a different cover. The author of Cold-case Christianity really opened my eyes to things I had never even thought of e.g Mark writing his Gospel on behalf of Peter. It is such an interesting book that kept saying "wow" everytime I learned something new. This book is a great asset for your evangelism toolbox
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Very clear and concise writing. Exciting perspective from a hardened detective, using the tools of his trade to look afresh at Christianity. Learned a lot and enjoyed following the clues to their reasoned conclusions. Well worth the read and passing on to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great approach to understanding Christianity 7 Mar 2013
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Many Christian writers have defended their faith, but I found J. Warner Wallace's approach highly refreshing. As a man who was a skeptic, he presents his case from that point of view. Thus, he refrains from mocking skeptics for their unbelief, as is unfortunately the attitude of some Christian writers. He also provides encouragement for Christians who are trying to 'present their case' before unbelievers in a reasonable and understandable way. I would highly recommend this book to all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthwhile read 1 Jun 2014
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I like the no nonsense, plain speaking style. Good at answering all the questions from every angle. Get it now!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely different viewpoint 19 Feb 2013
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This book is SO good! The author's starting point for trying to discover the truth of the gospels is different than any I've ever seen before. In approaching this like he would a cold-case homicide he is careful and methodical, and honestly examines every possibility. At the same time it is very readable, and doesn't bog you down with incomprehensible terminology or heavy theology.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is honestly trying to figure out whether the New Testament is truth or myth, especially if you love cold-case mysteries as much as I do!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly recommended read! 8 Feb 2013
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The book is written from the perspective of a homicide detective. In the first half of the book, Wallace sets out his approach to the Gospels through the principles that he has used and developed throughout his career. Interspersed with these principles are real-life examples of their application to 'cold cases'. Wallace also applies each principle to counter common 'problems' with the Gospel accounts and shows that, in fact, they are reasonable to believe. In the second half of the book, Wallace provides substantive answers to four questions about the Gospels using a combination of principles developed in the first half of the book. I found the book to be enjoyable to read with the right balance between narrative, research and commentary. I'd definitely recommend it to Christians or those who are sceptical about the claims of the Gospels (as the author originally was).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 18 May 2014
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This has been a life changing read for me. Like the author I am a retired detective, I am therefore familiar with his investigative techniques and most definitely cynical and skeptical of all that I have been told about faith. Truth is, I used to have it and I wanted it back and like many people, simply did not have the tools to defend Christianity against the now fashionable 'zealot atheist', eventually the faith I used to hold so dear became eroded by the onslaught of single dimensional thinking. This book and this book alone changed all that.. a source I can trust, a methodology of thinking I can respect and identify with and the fact that it appeared before me on my computer on the very day that I was pondering these things. It has led me to the works of CS Lewis and others and for everything Mr Wallace... I thank you and the Lord.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and encouraging
I found his way of thinking very clear and helpful. He gave me some good ideas for sharing with people I meet who are unconvinced by the argument for Christianity.
Published 4 days ago by Redactive
4.0 out of 5 stars lots of information but well presented and looks at lots ...
lots of information but well presented and looks at lots of areas that a detective would spend time with.
Published 22 days ago by Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold-Case Christianity
An excellent read, very well researched. This book gives a fantastic insight into how detectives work and it was fascinating how the author used his skills as a detective in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jan Cotton
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading
Let's deal with the negatives first. If you're looking for something that proves the authenticity of the gospels, forget it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. R. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking
Well I for one found it interesting and it caused me to question what I believe and what I already know. I did find it a bit laboured in places. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Simon Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Cold-Case
In this book, a former cold-case detective looks at the evidence for Christianity and analyzes it like he would the evidence in one of his cold cases. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Baker
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly argued and ignorant
There are basic errors of logic and learning scattered throughout the book. As a result his case is built on dodgy testimony from discredited witnesses, misinterpretation of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Symon
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't believe it
It was raining. It always rains in England. I don't know why I live in the goddam country. Maybe I'm a sap. Maybe it's because I'm English. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. A. P. Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth will out!
I would very happily pass on this book to anyone..indeed I have already done so to two people I care about. "Well done, Detective."
Published 8 months ago by David W. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfull by understanding
Super book. Can't stop reading it over and over Again. I'm so blessed how Jim explain difficult terms in a very easy and understandble way. Don't hesitate, buy it now!
Published 10 months ago by Simo Provost
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