A cold-case detective helps you rethink and hare your Christian beliefs.
J. Warner Wallace has asked this question in churches across America over the past several years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing: it’s almost always rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community, we Christians aren’t typically prepared to make the case for why we believe Christianity is true from the objective evidence of history, philosophy or science. Worse yet, many of us don’t think we have any obligation to do so.
In Wallace’s first two books, he made the case for God’s existence (God’s Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). [Note, these are affiliate links.] In Forensic Faith, Wallace completes the trilogy by making the case for… making the case! He helps readers understand why it’s important to defend what they believe, and provides them with a unique template to help them become effective “Christian Case Makers.” Forensic Faith will help readers:
understand why they, as Christians, have a duty to defend the truth
develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, Wallace hopes to teach readers the daily cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply in their lives as believers. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.
Many readers are likely familiar with Lee Strobel’s The Case for … series. His early work The Case For Christ, in fact, was recently made into a movie and released in theaters nationwide on April 7, 2017.
I read The Case for Christ many moons ago; while I remember reading and thinking generally positively about it, I don’t recall it being as approachable as Wallace’s Forensic Faith. The latter reads — well, more like a crime scene than a book, and I appreciated that. It reads quickly, but packs a punch; it challenges me to do the research for myself.
The Case for Christ tells one man’s story of becoming a Christian, and the evidence that convinced him — the results of his findings, if you will. (Which is great, and absolutely necessary!) Forensic Faith, on the other hand, challenges the already-Christian to make that research their own: to dig deeply and ask, “Why do I – not Lee Strobel, not J. Warner Wallace, but I – believe? Why is Christianity true?”
Forensic Faith is the “why/how” counterpoint to The Case for Christ‘s “what”/data. You will find encouragement in your faith walk and, likely, more confidence and willingness to share your testimony and faith publicly. The experts say the best stories are those we are passionate about. Are you passionate about your faith? Do you pursue it and truly love God with all your mind?
One of the book’s most convicting lines for me:
You can be a year older and equally unprepared, or a year older and a little bit wiser. Which would you prefer?
I’d much rather be a little bit wiser in my faith and its whys and wherefores a year from now. How about you?
Disclaimer: I received a free eARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of “Cold-Case Christianity” and “God’s Crime Scene.” Wallace has a master’s degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.