“Spotlight” is a new section on Apologetics 105 that will come out twice a month. The purpose of this section will be to inform readers about apologists, blogs, and podcasts that I think will help them explore Christianity on a deeper level. Be sure to follow along on the blog to get e-mail updates about our spotlight section as well as all other releases.
I didn’t grow up in a Christian home. I didn’t even understand what Christianity was until I was 20. I didn’t become a Christian until I was nearly 22. When I became a Christian it wasn’t because my then-girlfriend was a devout follower, on the contrary, I argued against her and it nearly tore our relationship apart. I became a Christian because of the evidence. Because of the evidence outside the Bible that is incredibly strong.
One apologist who has a similar story and has been extremely influential in my life is Detective J. Warner Wallace. Jim was an atheist until the age of 35. What changed? He started to look at the evidence for Christianity like a cold-case homicide detective would. Through a series of tests that are identical to how he looks at cold cases, Jim came to the conclusion that the Gospels are actual eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ life.
This in-depth work, though, was building towards something. Something a lot bigger than Jim that I suspect that it is something that will outlive him and go on to inspire people through the generations. His work has turned into a trilogy of books on the subject of God’s existence and the reliability of the New Testament. With 2/3 of the trilogy published and part three on its way, Jim has helped thousands of Christians and non-believers understand more about the existence of God and the truth about the Gospels.
I had the opportunity to interview Jim last year on the A105 podcast as his second book God’s Crime Scene had just been published. His book takes an in-depth look at arguments for the existence of God and also common objections from non-believers such as the problem of evil. Jim reminds me a lot of C.S. Lewis in his writing style as well as his approach. C.S. Lewis took a cumulative case approach to apologetics and Jim does very similar work, but with a completely new and fresh spin on things.
It’s amazing how much of Jim’s police background transitions into apologetics, especially in his second book. I can’t wait to see what Jim does next and I am excited for his third book. If you are struggling with whether or not you believe, I encourage you to look at Jim’s work both on his website (ColdCaseChristianity.com) and in his two books:
Apart from the website and books, Jim also has a podcast that focuses on apologetics and Christian life topics.
Jim has put together an impressive body of work and is a true gentlemen and scholar. I am deeply grateful for his work and am equally excited to see what comes next. Again, if you struggle with doubt or if you want to learn more about apologetics, give Jim’s work a look. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Grace and Peace