Why Are People Christians?
As J. Warner Wallace points out, one may hear certain common answers:
- I was raised Christian
- I know that what the Bible says is true
- Jesus changed my life (I used to do ___ but now I ___)
- I had an experience that convinced me
Some of these answers are better than others, according to the former cold-case homicide detective and former atheist. But, as the current adjunct professor at Biola University points out, the issue is that almost anyone from any religious worldview could offer similar responses to the question (e.g., “I was raised ___, I know that my holy book is true, my life has been changed by___, etc.”). If our responses sound like that of everyone else, one can empathize with someone who is undecided and trying to make an informed decision.
In his third installment of his series, which also includes God’s Crime Scene and Cold-Case Christianity, Wallace makes the case for casemaking. People often think true “faith” = “blind faith” — and the blinder the better. And, I sometimes hear people claim that apologetics (making a defense) is unnecessary (e.g., “You can’t argue someone into Heaven!”). Wallace addresses this poor reasoning head on.
In our increasingly secular society, he argues that now, more than ever, believers should have a more evidential faith. And, we have good reason to believe that we have the evidence to make our case.1
Table of Contents
Preface: To Protect and to Serve
Chapter One: Distinctive Duty
5 Evidential Examples to Help You Embrace Your Calling as a Christian Case Maker
Chapter Two: Targeted Training
5 Steps toward Preparing Yourself to Protect and Serve as a First Responder
Chapter Three: Intense Investigation
5 Practices to Help You Examine the Claims of Christianity Like a Good Detective
Chapter Four: Convincing Communication
5 Principles to Help You Share What You Believe Like a Good Prosecutor
Postscript: Become a Sheepdog
Rebuttal Notes: Brief Answers to Common Challenges
Evidence Locker: Resources to Help You Become a Better Case Maker
Detective Notes: Notes and References2
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- Wallace, J. Warner. Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith (Kindle Locations 167-190). David C. Cook. Kindle Edition.