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(Review) Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. May 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction. Apologetic.
Pages: 224.
Source: Complimentary copy from Litfuse Publicity Group and David C. Cook for the purpose of a review.
Rating: Excellent.

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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.

Find out more about J. Warner at http://coldcasechristianity.com.





Summary: 
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 J. Warner's first two books, he made the case for God's existence (God's Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). In Forensic Faith, J. Warner completes the trilogy by making the case for... making the case! In Forensic Faith, J. Warner 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 a better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers

With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, J. Warner 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.
My Thoughts:
When I was a young girl, my dad taught a series of Bible lessons on knowing what you believe. I still have these lessons he wrote and enjoy reading them. Dad was a man who was a logical thinker. It was important for him to understand and be able to answer the questions: Do I know what I believe about Jesus? Why do I believe in Jesus as the Christ? 
J. Warner Wallace has written Forensic Faith with this focus: to be able to give an answer as to why Jesus is "the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Scripture reference from Matthew 16:16. CSB. 
Wallace writes, most Christians rely on "personal experience, emotional response, and blind faith." Wallace teaches us how to answer a skeptic or seeker about Jesus Christ. Our answer will not be from "feelings." The answers Wallace teaches will be from solid case facts to be used "to defend the truth." 
We have a duty to know what we believe and why we believe it so we can give an answer, contend for the faith, and model Christian case making for the next generation of believers. Page 59.
In chapter one, Wallace begins the book by showing the event of Jesus's resurrection and its "public claims" is evidence of Jesus's deity. 
He lists several historical figures who wrote about Jesus Christ, both Christians and non-Christians.
An explanation is given early in the book on the definition of "direct evidence." 
"Direct Evidence is simply the testimony of eyewitnesses. Indirect evidence (circumstantial evidence) is everything else." Page 41.  
Wallace encourages a Christian to read and understand the Bible.
Wallace builds the case by showing case building "Forensic Faith Evidential" examples. 
Each chapter has shaded boxes holding valuable information. These are titled: "Forensic Faith Definition", "Forensic Faith Profile", "Forensic Faith Training", "Forensic Faith Assignment", and "Forensic Faith Investigative Guideline."
Chapter Two is titled, "Target Training." In this chapter, we learn to "start training."
Chapter Four is titled, "Convincing Communication." In this chapter, I learned to be careful about what words I use. Churchy words may not be understood by an unbeliever. For example, "born again." 
I've enjoyed reading Forensic Faith. This is a book to read, study, and keep for reference.

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