One of the most common critiques against Christianity is that it’s based solely on faith while ignoring evidence and mocking science. This is actually an extremely untrue notion, as homicide detective and Christian apologist J. Warner Wallace demonstrated in 2017 at Calvary Baptist Church.
This 55-minute video by the subject of Cold Case Christianity is almost too brief to cover everything the topic requires. In one section alone, Wallace claims it would take 17 hours to go over a single aspect of testing the validity of eyewitness accounts. Nevertheless, he does a very nice job of breaking down the investigative process and how to properly weigh evidence in a society that is increasingly unwilling to even consider a Biblical worldview.
An important key to Wallace’s presentation is an absence many Christians may have missed. When trying to date the various books of the New Testament, many who oppose the Bible’s validity claim it was written later, edited later, and finally compiled hundreds of years after the events it details, rendering the accounts too corrupted to be legitimate. But as Wallace points out, the Book of Acts, which follows the writing of the Gospels, is conspicuous in its omission of important deaths, including James, Peter, and Paul. It mentions other deaths that preceded those of the important church fathers, but if it were truly written years, decades, or centuries after the lifetimes of eyewitnesses, we can assume beyond a reasonable doubt that the important deaths would have been mentioned.
This is an intriguing and sobering look at evidence of the Bible’s validity. J. Warner Wallace has become adept at delivering a grounded message that should cut through believers and non-believers alike.