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  • Publisher: David C. Cook (January 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2013
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We read this book as a result of questions I was having in my own perception. Years ago, a skeptic planted some seeds of doubts by asking me personally how I could consider the Bible that has been hand-picked and assembled simply by people who obviously gained and had a vested interest in seeing their particular movement continue and increase. It was a affordable question and am couldn't solution it. Mr. Wallace performed a great job of answering this with convincing proof and a viewpoint I had not heard prior to.

I also read many of the negative reviews of this book to notice what questions remained unanswered out there and other evidence to the contrary. We can't compete with typically the academic scholars who possess spent years studying plus researching ancient writings plus histories so I can't refute the facts plus arguments they bring up, but I did notice a recurrent theme. Many of the people who question the authenticity of typically the gospels are essentially adding them under a microscopic lense and picking out flaws in order to support their theories. Mister. Wallace, on the other hand, has taken a step back and looked in all of the evidence as a body and drawn his / her conclusion from that. When regarded individually, the gospels could have holes, irregularities and unanswered questions, but when taken as a whole with assistance from your rest of typically the letters in the New Testament and other historical factors, they form a convincing proof of genuineness.

Any facts can end up being disputed. There are people that are convinced typically the Apollo landings were faked, the holocaust never occurred, as well as the earth is toned. I'm certain people will low cost the bible forever. This book took evidence accessible to us and arranged it in a approach that an average person could understand and come in order to a logical conclusion. Thanks, Mr. Wallace for helping me see the huge picture., Christian apologetics is usually a constantly growing plus changing scene and although it's the one career path that will absolutely ensure that beneath the thick be wealthy, but there's definitely no shortage of "C-list/B-list" apologists out there. These individuals usually are uneducated "discernment ministry" types running their personal basement/blog "ministries" and protecting the faith against typically the attacks of skeptics, scholars, heretics and YouTube atheists. But, there are furthermore a couple of "A-List" folks that have respectable education, compose books, teach at Christian Colleges/Seminaries, debate Bart Ehrman or Richard Dawkins (two resume-making debaters for Christian apologists) and put on Alaskan cruises devoted to apologetics plus worship via buffet. Associated with the "A-List" apologists, Bill Lane Craig is one of the largest, so it's no shock that several in his / her circle, the most recent of which is J. Warner Wallace, are climbing onto the "A-List" and having direct exposure (and lots of endorsements from the staff and friends of Biola).

All of which being said, when We started reading "Cold Situation Christianity" by J. Warner Wallace, I already had an idea what to expect: Card-carrying evidentialist apologetics, mainly philosophical defense of Christianity, lots of party-line towing with regards to the evidentialist apologists (i. e. Craig, Licona, Geisler, Habermas, Strobel, McDowell, Koukl, and so forth ), and a lttle bit of biblical inconsistency. I was not disappointed on that entrance; the book was the things i expected.

There was furthermore a lot that We didn't expect, and that is why this particular book has climbed at the top of my ladder of apologetics texts. I'll throw throughout the Pros and Cons of the book:

PROS:

just one. The book is wonderfully written and organized. M. Warner Wallace has carried out an excellent job writing with both clarity and accessibility, presenting his points with little technical jargon plus explaining what jargon he uses (more than when too! ). The chapters logically flow and the whole book is written with a layman at heart.

two. The book is wonderfully engaging. Being a homicide detective, Wallace has a kind of experience that is usually both foreign and intriguing to your average reader, and he utilizes parallels and descriptions from his / her police experience very successfully. Also, the book has pictures and a lttle bit of variety in the page layout; these thoughtful accouplement maintain the chapters from becoming stale and visually repetitive.

3. The book has a very broad opportunity and is a great introduction to a wide variety of apologetic problems (i. e. the revival, the arguments for that existence of God, textual critique, the condition of evil, and so on. ) without bogging typically the reader down in particulars and nuanced argument.

4. Wallace generally presents typically the counter-arguments to his points well. His responses are clear and concise, and something gets the feeling from reading Wallace that he has had plenty of useful conversations with people regarding the issues under discussion.

five. Wallace usually gives very good explanations of the principles he discusses, like philosophical naturalism (page 25), abductive reasoning (page 33), affordable doubt (age 131), and so forth He's neither wordy nor vague, and he knows how to illustrate a concept effectively.

6. Webpages 55-60 contain a great, helpful discussion on typically the validity and usefulness of circumstantial evidence and its value when compared with direct evidence. This is definitely a location where his encounter in the courtroom comes forwards and assists him greatly, which is one subject matter that many a Christian needs to brush up on for practical reasons.

7. Pages 69-85 include a very insightful plus helpful take care of eyewitness testimony, as well as superb interaction with common claims related to the unreliability of eyewitness testimony.

8. Pages 109-117 contain a fantastic take care of conspiracy ideas, exploring and explaining typically the practical difficulties for concocting and upholding a lasting conspiracy involving multiple celebrations. Again, he draws examples from his police encounter that prove to end up being excellent illustrations of his / her points.

9. Page 131 has a very insightful unpacking in the standard of evidence and reasonable doubt versus. possible doubt. Again, Wallace's legal understandings and court room experience provide helpful drawings here.

10. Pages 135-136 give 2 good reactions to the condition of wicked: Wallace points to typically the presuppositional philosophical inconsistencies of the condition of evil (if objective evil exists regarding the condition to get substance inside the first place, presently there must be a general standard of "good" simply by which evil is judged), and also gives just what I call the "Ten Trillion Year" response (God is eternal and idol judges good and evil from his eternal perspective; we. e. ten trillion many years from now, the five thousand many years of evil of which mankind endured will end up being considered inconsequential to the being unfaithful. 9999999 trillion many years of extensive and continuous good of paradise earth).

11. Wallace has incorporated numerous info, including some rather latest stuff from the academic world. One example of this was how about page 192 he integrated the recent work of Tal Ilan on the frequency and distribution of names in the New Testament world to show exactly how the writers of typically the Bible were from your geographic location that they said. I was also actually very happy to see Wallace reference Edwin Yamauchi (page 209) and give a brief dialogue of the actual problematic characteristics of archeological evidence; exactly how most items from history don't actually survive as evidence and our image of the past, as based on archeological artifacts, is actually amazingly incomplete plus inaccurate.

12. On typically the whole, chapter 12 has been excellent, exploring the external and internal corroboration of the Gospels. For your Christian who has recently found out the popular (and mostly irresponsible) manifestations of doubt regarding the stability of the New Testament (i. e. Richard Carrier, the movie "Zeitgeist", typically the skeptics annotated Bible, and so on. ), this chapter would certainly be a welcome support.

13. I did appreciate his call for Christian believers to get case-makers, especially with his cooking analogy about page 260-261. I thought that was a great approach of presenting the variation between the biblical workplace of Evangelist and typically the Christian who responds in order to the great commission.

fourteen. His listing of books regarding further reading was great; 2 or 3 books per topic and not too overwhelming, though We did feel that some of his / her books might be drastically over the reading level of someone that might find "Cold Case Christianity" a lttle bit challenging. Going from a 5 page discussion of textual critique to reading Metzger, Wallace and Comfort is actually a leap that will likely depart a lot people about their faces. Then again, I'm not really aware about a layman's introduction in order to textual criticism outside of James White's "The King James Only Controversy", thus there possibly is a book that needs in order to be written there. Items get directly on that.

DOWNSIDES:

Before I address typically the cons, I need to say of which the majority of the things We didn't like about typically the book were admittedly minor in nature. Only typically the last 2 con points (points 5 as well as 6) were ones that We would consider relatively significant.

1. On page forty one Wallace presents the Habermas/Licona "minimal facts" argument regarding the resurrection. I realize that the "minimal facts" argument for the revival is convincing to Christian believers, but it's actually a really weak argument regarding most of the people to use outside of a New Testament studies class in a seminary. Arguing that "a majority of scholars agree with these types of four facts" basically assumes that most of the people on the street proper care what a majority of "scholars" say. Let's face it; your average atheist/skeptic electrician who's spent a hundred hours on typically the internet reading about New Testament history (and viewing YouTube) thinks he knows as much as many "scholars" and contains absolutely no problem dismissing academic consensus in favor of an idiotic theory on several website ("Zeitgeist" anyone? ). Beyond that, the first point (Jesus died about the cross and has been buried) is actually denied by important academic cynics who hold that Jesus did die but has been simply tossed in a mass grave (i. electronic. Marcus Borg and Bart Ehrman are vocal concerning this). Much more important than this is the undeniable fact that the first point is usually denied as an unassailable tenet of religion by each Muslim on earth. Living inside a city where one-half of the population has immigrated from the Middle East or South Asia, I've long stopped making use of this argument.

2 . not We was sad that on-page 66 Wallace includes typically the transcendental argument for typically the existence of God inside his listing of arguments, but doesn't present it in order to his readers. Not a huge deal, but since a presuppositionalist, I felt robbed. Disapprove hoo to me.

3. Upon page 136 he provides the "love" defense to the practical problem of wicked: A world with really like is better than a world without having love, love requires freedom and in that freedom many choose to not really like. I know that thought gets a fair sum of traction in numerous apologetics circles, but presently there are at least two fatal problems with typically the "love" defense:

3a. Is actually simply from the regular plus explicit teaching of typically the scriptures with regards in order to why evil exists (namely that God has decreed that evil occur regarding his own good purposes we. e. Genesis 50: 1-21). I don't find apologists offering an exegetical security of the idea; it's a rather shallow and expressive response into a serious problem that portrays the Our god of the Universe such as a teenage girl (poor small guy just wants in order to be loved).

3b. Why is a new with really like better than a new without having love? That whole thought is simply assumed, plus I've found that many an atheist/skeptic sees typically the flaw in this argument naturally: if a world with love has a world where a majority of men and women don't experience that really like but instead experience war, disease, abuse, suffering, etc., of which doesn't actually seem to be better for most of the people than choices (i. e. not present at all, as being a psychologically deficient creature that experience comfort but not really like, etc. ).

4. Wallace writes like many popular apologists and appears in order to feel that the biggest danger to Christianity is extreme atheism; he repeatedly interacts with both popular cynics (Dawkins, Harris, etc. ) and the academic atheists (Bart Ehrman), and I think We know why. Everyone who will be in apologetics circles for any amount of time hears the scary numbers: many of these (or more) of kids that grow up inside church leave the church when they get in order to university and many apologists (including Wallace) feel that the purpose is a lack of apologetic instruction. Those many of these of kids want to consider but their nasty philosophy or religious studies teachers overwhelm them with arguments against Christianity and individuals kids, being unprepared, forego the faith.

I would certainly advise that this whole paradigm is mistaken which leads me to the 2 serious points of disagreement with Wallace inside the book:

5. Wallace appears to argue of which the reason people question the scriptures is as a result of philosophical naturalism. He remarks on this on web pages 25-26, and he points to this idea throughout typically the book (like on page 208 in which he suggests of which skeptics disbelieve the Scriptures as a result of the presumption [without evidence] of which the account is bogus unless corroborated, and this particular doubt stems from philosophical naturalism. ) I would certainly advise that the Scriptures is clear that typically the philosophical naturalism (and each other articulate expression of doubt) is the fruits of unbelief, and unbelief is the natural express of any sinful heart.

1 place where this is usually explicitly taught in typically the scriptures is in typically the story of John 9-10, where Jesus heals typically the man born blind plus the Pharisees will not consider, though the man stands before them with his / her eyes being healed. Typically the disbelief in the Pharisees is usually confusing to Jesus' disciples (and the man born blind), and the whole situation boils over in John 10: 22-27, which scans:

"At that time typically the Feast of Dedication required place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the brow, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him plus believed to him, "How long are you going to keep us inside suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us all plainly. " Jesus clarified them, "I told an individual, and you tend not to consider. The works that I carry out in my Father's brand bear witness about me personally, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. The sheep hear my tone, and I know these people, and they follow me personally. "

The whole stage there was that the unbelief had nothing to carry out with the presence of evidence, for the proof was both public plus irrefutable (the man created blind could see). Nowhere fast in John 9 or even 10 does anyone challenge typically the obvious nature of typically the evidence; the condition was just with the interpretation in the evidence. The Jews would not interpret the evidence appropriately (i. e. they manifested philosophical naturalism that refused the likelihood of typically the miracle proving Christ's claims) because they were not between Christ's sheep (i. electronic. they still had sinful, unbelieving hearts).

This may seem to be like splitting hair, but abandoning philosophical naturalism for supernaturalism is not associated with becoming a who trust in the person plus work of Christ. Because a Christian apologist, We don't want people in order to abandon philosophical naturalism; We want people to repent of their sin plus believe the gospel. This then causes my ultimate point of disagreement.

6. This also manifests inside Wallace's one strange thought; the "2 decision Christian" idea. On pages 253-255, Wallace talks about a criminal named Santiago that got saved at a crusade and then started to be a bank robber for many years but finally got captured by Wallace. What is usually shocking is Wallace's model in the events:

" Santiago made the decision to trust Jesus for his salvation, but he never made a decision to examine the life span and teaching of Jesus evidentially. Santiago failed in order to produce a second decision in order to examine what he believed. He was struggling to notice his faith as anything at all more than subjective opinion as he struggled to stay in a new of objective information. As a result, his beliefs eventually surrendered to the information of his situation plus the pressures of his / her addiction. He allowed his / her friends and family scenario to influence him, as opposed to being a source of motivation and truth for his / her friends and neighborhood. Santiago was a one-decision Christian, and that decision has been unsupported by a affordable examination of the evidence. inch (page 255)

Now this particular is the description of any guy who was a career criminal: "he manufactured a decision to trust Jesus for his salvation" and Wallace says the condition was that " Santiago was obviously a one-decision Christian". We would dare advise of which Wallace disagrees with typically the apostle John:

" Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also procedures lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take aside sins, and in your pet there is no desprovisto. No one who abides in him keeps about sinning; nobody who keeps on sinning has both seen him or known him. " - just one John 3: 4-6

Santiago didn't need to produce a second decision to examine what he believed; he wasn't a tier just one Christian who needed in order to get to tier two. It appears fairly very clear that Santiago was obviously a guy who, at some period previously, was made in order to feel guilty for his / her sin and was, regarding whatever reason, bring about believe that if he walked in order to the front of a building, his life would certainly somehow change and he'd get what he desired (good marriage, no more habits, etc. ).

Santiago had been deceived and today was living a life that proved it.

Santiago needed to believe the gospel and repent of his / her sin (for the first time), and am praise typically the Lord that during his / her time in prison, this might sound like he did.

CONCLUSIONS:

- I know of which this review has a longer "con" than "pro" section, but I desired in order to give a fair plus critical review of a book that was worth a serious interaction (and I do so out of respect for Wallace as a co-laborer in the gospel and an effort to offer helpful feedback, not out of some effort to belittle him). I honestly discovered "Cold Case Christianity" in order to be a fantastic general introduction to apologetics. Wallace and I have several serious theological differences, but those differences don't actually manifest by having an overwhelming majority of the material in the book. In the future, Items most likely use "Cold Case Christianity" being an textbook in my introductory apologetics courses for senior high and college-aged kids, as well as the theological differences we possess is going to be easily addressed inside a single lecture.

We give Cold Case Christianity 4 solid stars (I'd give it 4. five if Amazon would allow) and a high advise.

***Update - Jan 25th***

Not long ago i got the possiblity to hear J. Warner Wallace speak in my area and got the possibility to talk with him directly. He basically gave a chat that was a just one. 25 hour overview of this book, mostly centering on the second half of the book (establishing typically the credibility of the Gospels). Wallace was a wonderful speaker who was thoroughly enjoyable to listen to, and We appreciated his presentation greatly.

After the presentation, I acquired an possibility to speak with him privately and he asked me if I had read his book. We admitted that I had read it and had already reviewed it, plus we found myself in a speedy discussion about some of the issues with the book (as well as discussed some of the severe responses from certain Calvinists, a category in which usually Wallace apparently places himself). I mentioned many of the personal questions that We had when I go through the book (i. electronic. whether he gave typically the book of Revelation a late date... and he publicly stated that he wasn't educated enough on that problem to have an opinion) and then I essentially focused on my severe question; the "two decision Christian" issue.

Much to my delight, Wallace admitted which he needed to rework of which percentage of the book plus acknowledged that it was not near as clear as he wished it was. Exactly what he apparently meant with the story of Santiago was that:

a. Santiago had made a career of faith at some time inside the past (but has been living as if he had not).

b. When Santiago had made the decision in order to study the life plus teaching of Jesus, he would have found out of which he was NOT surviving in proper correspondence to his / her profession.

Wallace wasn't referring to some sort of "second blessing" theology at just about all, and he wasn't suggesting some sort of wild "no Lordship" position about salvation/sanctification. I definitely appear forward to and subsequent revision of the book, and I'd now up my review score from 4. 5 to 4. 75.

I was definitely fortunate to be able in order to get clarification from typically the horse's mouth (so in order to speak), and am thrilled that Christian Apologetics has a new addition who will be both down to planet, more in theological contract with me than We had previously suspected, and also a gentleman to boot., When you are enthusiastic about a fresh perspective on typically the historicity of Jesus Christ, his life, death plus resurrection, you should read this particular book. J. Warner Wallace writes from the viewpoint of a former atheist and also a working cold-case private investigator. Watch how he utilizes the abilities developed over a very successful career fixing and prosecuting cold cases to show how the New Testament contains reliable eyewitness accounts of Jesus' life, death and resurrection.

Includes some very deep philosophical discussion written in a language that the daily reader can certainly understand., This thought-provoking book takes a fresh look at an historical event and can be applied modern-day techniques to pull it's conclusion. Whether skeptic or believer, everyone may get something because of this job. Examine the evidence using the author and follow alongside with him on his / her journey from atheist in order to Christian. The insights he's gained from years of expertience and the techniques he uses in typically the presentation of the proof causes a really compelling situation. If you decide in order to join him on this particular journey and review typically the evidence he presents then you WILL be pressured to come to a decision point. Because of that, this book should come with a warning label! We thoroughly enjoyed it plus intend to employ the arguments contained within to confront people with the fact., I loved it just about all - the approach, typically the illustrations, and especially the study. Tons of research, uniquely processed by one uniquely qualified for this type of work. We have been in a good place in church history to have entry to Christian apologetics about this level which is thus understandable. Wallace is several type of genius, no doubt. Nevertheless he breaks all of it straight down to a level anyone can grasp.

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