But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Cold Case Christianity - Apologetic Report

imageAs a skeptic, I never personally expected the Biblical prophets (or Jesus Himself) to proclaim scientific truths still inaccessible (and unintelligible) to their audiences. As I read the Bible for the first time, its purpose seemed clear enough: Explain the nature of God, outline the fallen...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:33

Why a Forensic Faith is So Critical Today (Podcast)

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Lucas Miles and talks how he became a Christian through analyzing the Death and Resurrection of Christ, how to take an evidential approach to Scripture, the exodus of young people from the Church, and how we can be fully equipped to defend our...

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imageWe’ve been investigating the late non-canonical gospels to determine why they were rejected by the Christian community even though they often contain nuggets of truth related to Jesus. These elaborate stories, legends and fabrications were written by authors who were motivated to alter the...

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In this presentation before an audience of Summit Worldview Ministry supporters, J. Warner Wallace describes the difficult series of factors that meet young believers as they enter their high school and university years. For more information about Summit Ministries and their amazing two-week...

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 18:12

Why We Find Police Cowardice So Offensive

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image Much has been written about the police officer who allegedly hid behind a concrete column rather than engage the killer at the recent Parkland, Florida school shooting. Further allegations have been levelled against additional officers who failed to enter the school. The first officer in question...

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imageSeveral years ago, I had the opportunity to defend the reliability of the New Testament Gospels to the students of San Jose State University. Jane Pantig (the director of the local Ratio Christi chapter) invited me, and I was delighted to come. I’ve been working with Ratio Christi across the...

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Julio Rodriguez of Bridge Ministries Laredo and discusses the plight of young Christians and the importance of being able to defend the existence of God. J. Warner describes the statistical data related to young believers (and ex-believers), and...

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imageIf you’re trying to determine whether or not the Old Testament is historically reliable, archaeology and ancient non-Biblical records can provide “touch point” corroboration of the Biblical text. But the Old Testament claims to be much more than a reliable record of history; it...

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In this video from a message delivered at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, J. Warner Wallace addresses a common challenge for Christian believers: Since we are the ones who claim that God exists, are we the only ones who shoulder the burden of proof? If everyone who makes a claim must then defend their...

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image In a recent interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who took in the Florida school shooter after his own parents had died, said they were baffled and surprised that the high school student who had been living with them for nearly three months could...

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imageWhen I first began examining the claims of the Book of Mormon, I was an atheist who had just become interested in the person of Jesus. As a skeptic, I understood the importance of corroborative evidence when trying to determine if a witness statement is reliable. I began looking for corroboration...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 18:28

Becoming a “Mixed Martial Apologist” (Podcast)

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace talks with Andy Wrasman on the Reconnect Podcast and discusses the variety of possible apologetics approaches we might take in defending the truth of Christianity. Rather than specializing in any one discipline of Christian apologetics, most of us will end up...

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image I’ve learned to test witnesses in my criminal investigations before trusting their testimony, and I evaluate them with the template we typically use in jury trials. One dimension of this template is corroboration: Is there any verifying evidence supporting the claims of the eyewitness?...

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In this presentation before an audience of Summit Worldview Ministry supporters, J. Warner Wallace describes the secular worldview waiting for many young Christian believers as they enter university life. For more information about Summit Ministries and their amazing two-week immersion experience...

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Sunday, 01 April 2018 18:07

How Christianity Makes Sense of This Gerber Baby

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image A recent Washington Post article celebrated the naming of Lucas Warren as the 2018 Gerber baby. Every year, the Gerber Products Company selects an infant “who best exemplifies Gerber’s long-standing heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby.” What makes Lucas...

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image At the age of thirty-five, I was a skeptical detective at a large municipal police agency in Los Angeles County. I was also a committed atheist. I accepted several historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth – that he lived in the first century, preached sermons, was crucified by the Romans,...

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image Homicide detectives are perhaps the least trusting people in the country. My own experience investigating murders has taught me to consider everyone a liar – until, at least, I have good reason to believe otherwise. I know that sounds pessimistic, but I learned a long time ago that mysteries...

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image Homicide detectives see a lot of dead people. I certainly saw my share, investigating murders in Los Angeles County for nearly two decades. For much of that time, I was a committed atheist, and I rejected the Easter claims related to the Resurrection of Jesus. Dead people, in my experience, simply...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 18:28

Did the Resurrection of Jesus Really Happen? (Podcast)

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In this podcast, J. Warner Wallace is interviewed by Dr. Frank Turek and discusses the evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. Are there good reasons to believe the Resurrection really occurred? Why is the Resurrection of Jesus the most reasonable inference from the evidence? For more great...

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image My cold cases are typically built on circumstantial evidence. Cumulative circumstantial cases are incredibly powerful when considered in their totality; the more diverse the forms of evidence (and the more abundant their existence), the more reasonable the conclusion. As jurors consider these...

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In this video from a message delivered at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, J. Warner Wallace describes the difference between a “fact” and an “inference”. Why do some people look at the evidence for a particular claim but come to very different conclusions? What forces (in...

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image I must confess that I empathized with Joy Behar (co-host of ABC’s The View) when she recently expressed concern about a claim that Vice President (and Christian believer) Mike Pence has heard the voice of Jesus on occasion. I didn’t become a Christian until the age of thirty-five, and...

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imageWhen I first started investigating the reliability of the New Testament Gospels, I was fascinated by the ancient non-Canonical stories and legends related to Jesus. While they were written too late to be legitimate eyewitness accounts, they were built on the core truths of Gospels (albeit altered...

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I’m often asked to make the case for the reliability of the Gospels in spite of the presence of scribal variants throughout the text. Remember that criminal courts do not require eyewitnesses to be inerrant to be considered reliable. In order to illustrate the trustworthiness of the text, I typically offer the following hypothetical. First,

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace presents a plenary session at the 2016 Reasons to Believe AMP Conference. What are the rules of evidence and how can these rules help us to make the case for Christianity? J. Warner explores several key characteristics of evidence that will help you become a better

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