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Wow. I am stunned how solid this authors reasoning is. I picked this up mildly interested thinking it was a repackaging of the "case for..." books, but wow, I was delightfully wrong! His discussions are fascinating weaving in experiences from his detective career, but more importantly, he enumerates threads of reasoning with such precision, accuracy, and integrity of thought that I can't merely say this book was intellectually satisfying...this book is a intellectually majestic!
I am a student of truth where ever I find it...science or faith...whatever holds up to my own honest scrutiny and I purposely keep an open mind letting reasonable new evidence in. On my journey I have have become an open follower of Jesus. I also believe in evolution, really old universe etc... I have plenty of questions about the Bible although as a massive collection of epic literature tracing the evolution of human consciousness through time...it continues to grow on me. These positions are tough in our sound bite self righteous culture.
I've devoured all sorts of material regarding the tensions and controversy between science and faith. I've been particularly impressed by Bart Ehrman's prodigious work (against faith btw) and the powerful insights from Andy Stanley(gotta check him out) and Dr Bill Creasy, but this author brings something truly unique to this thought space. I never thought a case this strong could be made for belief. Regardless of which side of the fence you currently are on, for you who honestly search for understanding, I think you'll love the examination of evidence and the considerations of the many explanations.
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Essential reading for the Christian apologist. The way that Wallace relates police techniques for gathering and evaluating evidence to biblical evidence makes this an easy book to read. I especially liked the Chain of Custody chapters that explain biblical evidence that is not known by most Christians today.
13 of 14 people found this review helpful
Really interesting to see how court room techniques apply to the bible, this book has really inspired me to dig deeper myself
I enjoyed how the author used his life as a detective to investigate the truth about Christianity. Really engaging, and helped me to think more deeply about circumstantial evidence, how the Gospel writers inadvertently corroborate each other, the strength of the historical text, how the early church fathers played their part in preserving the truth in the transmission of the text and much more. Listened to the book, but I think I will also purchase a physical copy, well worth a read