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

ISBN-10: 1434704696

ISBN-13: 9781434704696

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Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist,Cold Case Christianityexamines 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. InCold 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 Christianityinspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity.
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication date: 1/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 7.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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Foreword
Preface
The Detective Way: Moving from "Belief That" to "Belief in"
Learn to Be a Detective: Ten important principles every aspiring detective needs to master
Don't Be a "Know-It-AN": Resisting the influence of dangerous presuppositions
Learn How to "Infer": Understanding the role of "abductive reasoning"
Think "Circumstantially": Respecting the nature of circumstantial evidence
Test Your Witnesses: Evaluating the reliability of witnesses
Hang on Every Word: Examining the choice and meaning of language
Separate Artifacts from Evidence: Determining what's important evidentially
Resist Conspiracy Theories: Recognizing the rarity of true conspiracies
Respect the "Chain of Custody": Establishing reliability by tracing the evidence
Know When "Enough Is Enough": Getting comfortable with your conclusions
Prepare for an Attack: Distinguishing between possible alternatives and reasonable refutations
Examine the Evidence: Applying the principles of investigation to the claims of the New Testament
Were They Present?: Were the Gospels written early enough to have been authored by true eyewitnesses?
Were They Corroborated?: Is the testimony of the gospel writers confirmed by outside sources and evidence?
Were They Accurate?: Did the gospel writers falsely report anything that would invalidate their testimony?
Were They Biased?: Were the gospel writers motivated to lie about their testimony?
Postscript: Becoming a "Two, Decision" Christian Deciding to believe and defend the truth
Appendix Witnesses and Resources: Compiling the resources necessary to make the case
Case Files Expert Witnesses: Identifying the expert witnesses who can testify comprehensively about the evidence described in each chapter
Case Files Assisting Officers: Identifying the officers and detectives who have assisted in making the case for Christianity
Case Files Case Notes: Collecting the data and information supporting the evidence described in each chapter
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