- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook (August 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781434707840
- ISBN-13: 978-1434707840
- ASIN: 1434707849
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 374 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe Paperback – August 1, 2015
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"If I am ever in court, I want Jim Wallace on my side. As he did in Cold Case Christianity, Jim demonstrates that years of experience as a detective is excellent training for clear thinking on any subject matter. He patiently unfolds the evidence just as he must have done in countless courtrooms, educating the jury on the facts of the case and on proper reasoning from the facts. Drawing analogies from actual crime scenes in his files, he lends human drama to logical arguments. A delightful book."
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It's my hope that God's Crime Scene will help readers examine the nature of the universe as they sift through eight important characteristics of the cosmos, biological organisms and human experience, considering each as though it were a piece of evidence at a crime scene. Readers will be introduced to the "'inside the room' or 'outside the room'" methodology used by detectives to "determine the most reasonable inference from evidence". You'll be challenged to examine eight important pieces of evidence common to our human observations and experience. Which explanation (pure unguided naturalism or supernatural intervention) best accounts for the evidence at the "crime scene"?
God's Crime Scene is a unique apologetics overview, introducing a variety of arguments and lines of evidence for God's existence from the perspective of a Cold Case Homicide Detective. It's my goal to provide a satisfying examination of eight pieces of evidence in our universe, without wandering too deeply into esoteric scientific or philosophical detail. I wrote God's Crime Scene as an accessible survey of the evidence, directed toward both the layperson as well as those who are already familiar with the data. God's Crime Scene seeks to demonstrate the truth of Theism evidentially, just as my prior work, Cold Case Christianity, sought to demonstrate the reliability of the Christian Gospels.
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Wallace's primary contribution to this discussion is a fresh perspective. The arguments he uses are tried and true, but his exemplars are new and fresh. As a cold-case detective he looks at the evidence through a new, distinctive lens. For those looking for a new take on the arguments, this might be your answer.
His secondary contribution, one that is not often accomplished, is the accessibility he brings to the arguments. He makes these arguments easy to understand through usually deft handling, reiteration, and that new perspective mentioned earlier. This results in a somewhat surface treatment, which works perfectly for this book and should open minds to seek more answers.
My only disappointment? Chapter 1 (I think) he gets into a completely appropriate use of Aquinas' argument from motion. Right place, right time, but the example he uses muddies the waters a bit. Not a fatal flaw, but a bit of a bummer. Almost as if the argument itself, though used correctly, wasn't fully understood.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and am intending to teach it at church for both adults and youth. I think it's a valuable resource that may be a catalyst to open eyes to truth. However, study up elsewhere on the arguments he presents. Kids especially will want to go deeper than this book may have gone, though now they may know better what to ask.
Well worth the read. . . and probably well worth teaching and discussing.