Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace
Published May 1, 2017 by David C. Cook
Genres Nonfiction, Christian
Forensic Faith will help readers: understand why they 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 and become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers. With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, Wallace teaches readers cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply to their Christian faith. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.
I found Forensic Faith to be a very interesting read that contained a great deal of information, some of which I have never previously read. The book is divided into 4 chapters; Distinctive Duty, Targeted Training, Intense Investigation and Convincing Communication. There is also a section at the end, called Evidence Locker, that contained a huge list of additional resources, both books and websites, that is divided into different sections. One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is both the way it is written and the set up of the book. Throughout the book, there are illustrations, definitions and a great deal of scriptural references. One of the things I found to be particularly interesting was the information in the Intense Investigation chapter that listed many outside sources that provide accounts that support Christianity. There are listed as “unfriendly pagan accounts from outside the Christian casebook” and have a list of very old accounts dating back to AD 5. Several of the accounts describe the darkness and an earthquake around the time of Jesus’s crucifixion, which I have previously never read. Another important lesson from this book is when the author is asking the question, “Why are you a believer?” in the preface. He listed several common answers and then explains to us that our answer should be, “I am a Christian because it is true.” That is one of the most important things I found in this book and it honestly never occurred to me to give anyone this answer when they asked.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed that it was written in such a different style. It provided a great deal of information, including outside accounts, as well as Biblical references. Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book. For more information about the book and the author on his website.