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You can believe because of the evidence, not in spite of it. For the first 35 years of his life, J. Warner Wallace was a devout atheist. After all, how can you believe a claim made about an event in the distant past for which there is little forensic evidence? Then Wallace realized something. Christianity was a lot like the cold cases he solved as a homicide detective - cold cases that turned out to have enough evidence, eyewitnesses, and records to solve. When Wallace applied his skills as an expert detective to the assertions of the New Testament, he came to a startling realization: the case for Christianity was as convincing as any case he'd ever worked as a detective.
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By George J. Hicks on 06-18-14

Comprehensive, rational, intellectually satisfying

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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 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 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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By Marty on 04-03-13


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.

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By Anonymous User on 12-12-17

loved it feeling inspired to dig deeper

Really interesting to see how court room techniques apply to the bible, this book has really inspired me to dig deeper myself

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By michael on 09-29-17

Best apologetic I have read in a while

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

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