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

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Thursday, 31 December 2015 01:09

J. Warner Wallace on the Eric Metaxas Show (Podcast)

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J. Warner Wallace talks with Eric Metaxas about the evidence for God’s existence and the investigative analogy of God’s Crime Scene. What is the best explanation for the evidence “inside the room” of the natural universe? Can naturalism account for what we see in the cosmos? J. Warner talks about the evidence and the most

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 07:23

The Top 10 Cold-Case Christianity Videos from 2015

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It’s that time of year again: the time for “Top Ten” lists of one kind or another. In my last post I listed the top ten Cold-Case Christianity articles of 2015. This time around I’m offering the ten most popular videos hosted here on our website (and on our YouTube page where you can join 2,755 weekly subscribers who have

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the evidence in the universe and what this evidence tells us about the nature of God. Every crime scene says something about its related suspect, even before detectives ever identify the suspect specifically. What does the evidence in this “crime scene” tell us about a

Monday, 28 December 2015 01:56

The Top 10 Cold-Case Christianity Articles from 2015

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Thanks to all of you for another great year here at ColdCaseChristianity.com. Our readership continues to grow as we have doubled our unique visitors per month since January. That’s actually saying a lot, given the fact much of 2015 was spent illustrating and finishing God’s Crime Scene. As I am finishing the third book in this

Detectives create lists. As a cold-case detective, I’m no different. When investigating an event in the distant past (in my case, an unsolved murder), I collect evidence, make lists and do my best to reach the most reasonable inference. When I began to investigate Christianity at the age of thirty-five, I approached the gospels the same way

Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:44

Are Christians Biased in Their Reasoning? (Podcast)

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In this blast from the past, J. Warner Wallace examines the popular objection that Christians are biased toward their beliefs and, therefore, cannot assess evidence fairly. Is this true? Is anyone truly free of bias and what role does this play in making decisions in the first place? (For more information, visit www.ColdCaseChristianity.com).

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J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the case for God’s Existence. Is there a single piece of evidence powerful enough to prove with certainty the existence of God? How can we best assess the evidence for God? How can we best explain this evidence to others? For more information about J. Warner’s

I’ve been writing lately about the “virgin conception” of Jesus. Is this an essential truth claim of Christianity? Is it reasonable Jesus could have been conceived in such a miraculous way? Was the “virgin conception” borrowed from mythologies that preceded Jesus? If the “Virgin conception” is true, why

Friday, 11 December 2015 01:26

Why Doesn’t Mark Say Anything About Jesus’ Birth?

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 I’ve been examining the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ birth and responding to a number of skeptical objections related to the virgin conception. If the virgin conception was an historical event that was well known to the earliest Christians, why wasn’t it mentioned by Mark? Mark’s gospel is widely accepted as the first

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace continues his series on the virgin conception of Jesus. If the virgin conception of Jesus really happened, why didn’t Mark or Paul say anything about it? Does their silence mean the virgin conception was a late idea added to the story of Jesus? Is there any good

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the nature of the universe and the evidence for God’s existence. Did the universe have a beginning? If so, what is the best explanation? Can the beginning of the universe be explained from “inside the room” of the natural universe, or does the best explanation for

Monday, 07 December 2015 01:01

Why Didn’t Paul Mention the Virgin Conception?

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We’ve been looking at the virgin conception of Jesus recently, and in this post, I’d like to address an objection leveled at the writings of Paul. Many critics have argued that Paul was either completely silent about the virgin conception or spoke directly against such a concept in his writings. In either case, these critics argue

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace continues his series on the virgin conception of Jesus. Was the virgin conception borrowed from ancient pagan myths? Do these ancient mythologies resemble Jesus or offer a similar birth narrative? Would ancient Jews or Christians borrow such a notion? Were the Gospels

Skeptics have argued against the involvement of an external designer on the basis of perceived imperfections within biological structures. If there is an all-powerful intelligent designer, this designer would be working from scratch and should be capable of creating optimally designed micro-machines and biological structures. Evolution, on the

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the origin of the universe and the role this piece of evidence plays in making the case for God’s existence. How did the universe originate? What kind of first cause could create all space time and matter from nothing? How does the origin of the universe fit into the larger case

Monday, 30 November 2015 01:12

The Essential Nature of the Virgin Conception

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As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, I’ve been thinking a lot about the birth of Jesus and the Christian claims related to His conception. The “virgin conception” is an essential belief of the authors of Scripture and the early Church. It is listed in the earliest creeds as an essential ingredient of Christian Orthodoxy. Yet

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace begins a series on the virgin conception of Jesus. Why is the virgin conception an essential truth about Jesus in the first place? Is it necessary? How can anyone believe in such an event? Is it reasonable? (For more information, visit www.ColdCaseChristianity.com)

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The pilgrims who came over from England in 1620 were, in many ways, ordinary men and women. Some of them were members of the English Separatist Church (a Puritan sect of Christianity). These Separatists originally fled England and sailed to Holland to escape the religious intolerance and oppression of their homeland. In their day, the Church and

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 07:33

How Free Agency Points to the Existence of God (Video)

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This video, excerpted from J. Warner Wallace’s presentation of the evidence for God (from his book, God’s Crime Scene), summarizes the case for God’s existence from our common experience of free agency. Is free will possible in an atheistic universe? How does free agency emerge in a deterministic, physical universe? For a robust

Monday, 23 November 2015 07:28

Great Resources for Defending God’s Existence

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Last Friday I posted a list of resources to help you make the case for Christianity. That list was borrowed from Cold-Case Christianity. Today I’d like to offer a short list of resources from God’s Crime Scene designed to help you make the case for God’s existence. In God’s Crime Scene, I explore the evidence in the

Even atheistic scientists stipulate to the appearance of design in biological organisms. Richard Dawkins would be the first to agree: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” One example of the appearance of design in molecular organisms has become the icon of the

J. Warner Wallace, author of God’s Crime Scene, discusses the nature of evil and free agency. Does the existence of moral evil disprove the existence of God or is evil further evidence of God’s existence? Why would God allow moral evil in the first place? For more on the “problem of evil” from the perspective of a homicide

Jurors are truly the most important people in the courtroom. Yes there are other prominent players in the room; prosecutors, defense attorneys, bailiffs, court clerks, and, of course, the judge. All these folks are a necessary part of the legal process. But none of them, aside from the jurors, has a vote in determining the fate of the defendant.

In this episode of the Cold-Case Christianity Broadcast, J. Warner Wallace describes the evidence for the early dating of the Gospels. Why is this issue important to those who are examining the claims of Christianity? How does early dating contribute to the reliability of the Gospel authors as eyewitnesses? What other problem does early dating