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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 18037 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A71Y7I8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 3 April 2014
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Let's deal with the negatives first. If you're looking for something that proves the authenticity of the gospels, forget it. Some (and only some) of the arguments are weak and it would be easy for a skeptic to pick holes in them. As a homicide detective, he seems to view defence attorneys as being antagonistic against known truth and although he aknowledges that they might believe their clients are innocent, he writes as if they are always in the wrong and that the prosecution is always in the right; it comes across as arrogance. Having said that, I'm enjoying this book and learning something from it. With his training and experience, the author gives a fresh look at the gospels from a forensice perspective and finds them consistent with what would be expected if their message were true. His own journey of faith coming through this analytical approach (which Is about where I am up to in reading it now) is also fascinating. There's one slight paradox: if the gospel message is true, then the case is not cold at all.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Cold-Case 18 Mar. 2014
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
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. He starts by taking us through 10 methods, or tools, to look at evidence. He offers examples from his cases as well as arguments for the Bible and God based on what he is talking about. In the second half, he puts the Gospels and the writers through a four part process to see if they stand up to his logic. He often offers arguments that skeptics take and then counters them.

The result is a very readable and entertaining book. Since I love mysteries and enjoy apologetics, I certainly enjoyed the book. However, at times I felt the book was a bit light. This was certainly true in the first half where he was more focused on his "tools" than on really presenting evidence. The second half gets much stronger as he really delves into what he can piece together on how reliable the Gospels are.

For those who do want to study more, there are plenty of notes and references for further reading in the back.

As you can tell from the negative reviews here that some people have problems with this book. I challenge you to read it for yourself if you are curious about the topic and see what you think for yourself. You just might be surprised at what you learn.
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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
By Mark
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars A believer's perspective
An interesting point of view, if heavily contrived.
Published 1 month ago by G. Best
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
This book did not quite come up to my expectation.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book - well worth "investigating"!
Published 3 months ago by Peter Crook
5.0 out of 5 stars A sort of " get out of that" type of ...
A sort of " get out of that" type of book with almost - as the title suggests - a cold unemotive way of looking at the Facts
Published 6 months ago by John Moffat
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 7 months 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 7 months ago by Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthwhile read
I like the no nonsense, plain speaking style. Good at answering all the questions from every angle. Get it now!
Published 10 months ago by F M Bailey
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 11 months ago by Jan Cotton
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 12 months ago by Simon Smith
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 12 months ago by J. Symon
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