Cold-Case Christianity

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Product Code: XB347
Title: Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
Author: J. Warner Wallace
Publisher: David C Cook
List Price: $18.99
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Date: 2013
Pages: 288
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From back cover:

For the first thirty-five 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.

Table of Contents

Special Thanks
Foreword
Preface
The Detective Way
Moving from "Belief That" to "Belief In"

SECTION 1
Learn to Be a Detective
Ten important principles every aspiring detective needs to master

Chapter

  1. Don't Be a "Know-It-All"
    Resisting the influence of dangerous presuppositions
  2. Learn How to "Infer"
    Understanding the role of "abductive reasoning"
  3. Think "Circumstantially"
    Respecting the nature of circumstantial evidence
  4. Test Your Witnesses
    Evaluating the reliability of witnesses
  5. Hang on Every Word
    Examining the choice and meaning of language
  6. Separate Artifacts from Evidence
    Determining what's important evidentially
  7. Resist Conspiracy Theories
    Recognizing the rarity of true conspiracies
  8. Respect the "Chain of Custody"
    Establishing reliability by tracing the evidence
  9. Know When "Enough Is Enough"
    Getting comfortable with your conclusions
  10. Prepare for an Attack
    Distinguishing between possible alternatives and reasonable refutations

SECTION 2
Examine the Evidence
Applying the principles of invest nation to the claims of the New Testament

  1. Were They Present?
    Were the Gospels written early enough to have been authored by true eyewitnesses?
  2. Were They Corroborated?
    Is the testimony of the gospel writers confirmed by outside sources and evidence?
  3. Were They Accurate?
    Did the gospel writers falsely report anything that would invalidate their testimony?
  4. 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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