I am all for evidence based faith, but Mr. James Warner Wallace has a fallacious and almost idolatrous bias towards "evidence." After reading from his blog and listening to him for some time, it has become patently obvious to me that whenever he cannot explain certain biblical passages that stand in diametrical opposition to mainstream science, he will not double down in favor of the biblical claim. Instead, he will erect foolish straw man arguments against the biblical passages to demonstrate why they do not really mean what they say, in order to make himself look "reasonable" as he painfully forces the biblical claim to line up with the current scientific consensus. And when the biblical passages prove too difficult for Mr Wallace to force into his evidential paradigm, he will pull out a bunch of legalistic loopholes (entirely out of thin air) that allow him to interpret the passages as being completely silent on the matter; anything to keep himself away from having to directly challenge the mainstream interpretation of the historical and empirical facts. This has lead me to conclude that the Cold Case Christianity podcast is more so an apologetic of popular scientific interpretation and it's unquestionable authority, rather than of Christianity and the authority of the Bible, since Wallace will not so much as dare to question any of the explanations offered by today's scientific community! However, Wallace does feel perfectly qualified and comfortable contorting, distorting, reinterpreting, and putting the Bible through a nauseating kaleidoscope diverse and mailable interpretations. All in all, I can not see how any thinking Christian who believes in the ultimate authority of Scripture would not find his apologetic lacking. I therefore cannot recommend it, and even caution against it.Similar to James W. Wallace are:Frank TurekAndy StanleyWilliam L. CraigMichael R. LiconaJustin BrierleyRichard Burridge
A good show
I can't say how thankful I am that you do this podcast. Every time I tune in I'm blown away by your answers and the thought you've put into them. I'm a chronic doubter and I really struggle in my faith and this podcast helps me so much. I like the way you teach us to think and criticallly evaluate information. Please don't ever stop doing this podcast.If you are struggling with doubt or have questions or need a way to defend your faith to people, this is your channel. I can't recommend it more highly. If you tune into just one apologetics podcast, this is the one. Detective Wallace is really terrific.
Mr Wallace makes some difficult things very relatable. I find I am a much more well rounded Christian and defender because of this podcast.
Have purchased CCC and have ordered Gods Crime Scene. However, I am slowly getting annoyed with all the self-promotion, name-dropping and short podcasts. Jim is clearly part of an "elite" club of apologists/friends , no longer a "one dollar" apologist. Tired of hearing about all the speaking engagements, book promotions, and efforts at social media expansion..etc
Jim Wallace is an intelligent articulate apologist with a unique approach. You won't find a more humble guy who really knows his stuff. I'm thankful for the work he is doing.
The podcast about Creeds and Confessions, why they came about, etc., is a must listen and hints at exactly what is wrong with Modern Christianity and the false notion of "no creed but the Bible" and even what "non demoninational" or "just Christian" really means! Could this be why many are leaving churches where there is no defined (or a smorgasbord of many) Christianity or what is considered to be authentic Christianity on a firm foundation? Could this be why there is little compatibility in marriages also, where people date and marry those of a general "Christian" profession but which turns about to be a surprising difference later, ending in conflict and divorce?29 is very relevant to everyone's personal lives, marriages, and churches in every way!
As a 26-year old lawyer who's interested in Christianity, I was dismayed last night because I felt convinced that you cannot be a Christian without "blind faith" in things with no evidentiary basis in the real world, or that you cannot be intelligent and religious at the same time. Ten seconds into this podcast, and I'm hearing an amazingly well-done discourse on the very subject. I don't know if that's God or just good fortune, but I already feel with Christians like this show's host in the world, maybe I can call myself one, too. Five stars already!
This guy is very good at very confidently saying certain things that either are poorly thought through or just plain scatterbrained.If he was a cop, I'm glad that he's no longer a cop. He definitely doesn't have the intellectual horsepower to lead an investigation or anything else. Look elsewhere for smart, faith-based dialogue!
This podcast is very informative. Information we need to understand why we believe. Thankful I found it
Finally, apologetics I can understand. This guy is good!! Thanks!!
Sometimes J Warner Wallace has a tendency of rambling along, but it's actually very good for the layperson to understand the thinking process. J is a solid teacher and is great along with the rest of the Stand to Reason staff.
good source of finding facts of the Bible
Excellent content and sound quality! I am privileged to be able to listen for 8 hours at work and J Warner Wallace's ministry has been a huge blessing to me and the people I converse with. Please give this podcast a chance, it'll bless you big time!
Every major religion has an apologetics and or theology discipline in it's fundamental core. Teachers, theologians, and professor's . Each of which has representatives that will go to the grave swearing with all the evidence they have accumulated throughout their career and higher education that their particular faith or religion is the correct one. Be it Muslim, Jewish, and Christian . So why subscribe to anyone faith when there are so many different versions of apologetics ? The answer is you cannot without creating polarization, division, and suffering . That is why I choose not to belong to any group that prescribes a man made dogmatic, hateful, and or belief system that alienates me from other humans. Hence all three major religions . If you want to see how good a tree is just look at the fruit it produces. Scripture from all three major religions. So now I ask you what type of fruit has the three major religions produced in the last two thousand years world wide ? The devil is in the details , if you even believe in a devil which I don't but you may. I may not understand you, but I understand we can coexist and live together on this planet . That is from me and not any major religion . Cleanse your mind of ignorance and what others attempt to force into it.
Interesting on youth, house churches and things from a cop perspective. I'm burned out after hearing Jim host STR for 4 out of 6 weeks. I had to unsubscribe.
I have always been interested in apologetics (positive and negative) and defending our faith. I just discovered Jim's website and am listening to the first podcast now. I am enjoying it immensely! I also really appreciate the atheist who attacked his spelling and grammar, and spelled "grammar" wrong in doing so! :-)
Great, popularly accessible podcast that is well-supported with tons of facts. I am addicted.
I've been listening to this podcast for a few months now, and i feel that it does a great job of going through just why it is we as Christias believe what we believe!
Jim Wallace has a unique background that draws you in. Not only was he an atheist with mormon family members (I have mormon family as well), he also has degrees in architecture and theology. He is a working cold case homicide detective (and I am in the public safety field). These make his perspective well rounded and interesting in my opinion and I enjoy listening. He followed the evidence and found the biblical claims were true about Christ and became a Christian. He researches into a topic and informs us what he's found, but encourages all of us to do our own research as well. He also doesn't ask for donations of any kiind on his podcast or web site, which can relieve any of you who are skeptical in that regard. I am pleased to call him my brother in Christ.
Makes me wish school children were taught at least a course or two in cold- case detective work
Here is a free tip from a godless atheist. If you want to make an argument for your faith, please use spellcheck. If it isn't too much trouble, please use proper grammer as well. I read a few reviews and after careful consideration, I will not be listening any further.
Love your podcasts! The one on the Anthony case was great. Thank you from Hawaii!
I really enjoy listening to Jim and I see his passion for the faith so much in his case-making. Although just a bit one-sided (he's making a CASE for the Christian faith by the way, so it's going to be a little bit one-sided), he takes into consideration all of the evidence available and makes his case. I like the way he makes his podcast very organized and easy to understand. It's nice to know that he was once on the skeptical side before realizing the validity of the Gospel and what it meant for his eternal destiny. I also like the way Jim presents objections to the faith and provides answers to them. Very good podcast, for sure.
I have already thanked Jim for this podcast on his Facebook page, but just also put in my praise for God using such a man to show how we are to defend what we believe. "A man who does not defend what he believes is no man at all". While we may disagree over things as young earth/old earth, it is a breath of fresh air to hear how not only atheists should maybe once in a while actually take time to think about the defense for what they hate us claiming to be true, but also for us Christians to hear each other...and to defend this truth together. While organized churches and places of worship are God's way of working with us a Body, this podcast, amongst (sadly only) a few others shows us how we need to let our guard down about other Christians. Sure, there are deceivers among us, but if we really desire Truth, as Jim Wallace does, then Truth will prevail and we will know who are real Brothers and Sisters are that share that ultimate Truth. Thanks again Jim for showing us how to become apologists and to see the evidence that is more clear than the lies that schools and the world show us.I do recommend getting into this, and knowing that if it isn't us that atheists are using trickery to persuide, it is definitely our children. Yes, not to keep children away from it, but to also equiped them to defend what they believe. And atheists out there, who already I get slandered by for sharing what I learn from the Please Convince Me podcast, do take a minute to listen to this, and realize that it won't help to shoot down everything a Christian says to show why we believe what we believe, but may actually help you in your own peace of mind and heart.
I just want to thank you for your work and dedication to helping others understand and know more about these topics.
I appreciate the show for what it is, a one-sided apologetics podcast. This is hardly a one stop shop. I would like to hear more dialogue with atheists and non-believers. The episode after his Berkley trip is what bothered me the most. He is essentially having a one man debate. He sets up a strawman atheist's view, then knocks it down. Generally though, there are well reasoned responses to his objections; if only he would allow it to be heard. What happened to integrity? Jim needs to have the strength of his convictions and actually allow some discourse. How many people actually walk away after one simple rebuttal?
This is one of the best, most informative, podcast available for the Christian thinker. Thank you Jim for your ministry and the concise analysis you provide.
You'll learn so much
Jim does a great job of carefully and objectively digging into issues faced by people today. As a former atheist and a cold case homicide detective, Jim has a scepticism that forces him delve into an issue and look at all the evidence, instead of just accepting something at face value. I really appreciate his objective and honest approach towards discovering truth.
I have been searching for something as unbiased as possible that looks at Christianity and the issues or topics surrounding it in a proof, evidence based manner. This podcast couldn't be any more perfect for what I've been looking for. Jim Wallace, who hosts the podcast, is very educated and with his background as a homicide detective, former atheist and now a Christian he does an amazing just of really picking apart many questions that many of us have. Jim seems to be just naturally a skeptical type person and doesn't take things at face value. He wants to look into the REASON why something may be and does not just believe whatever we are told. This is what he does with the podcast. I learn so much from this podcast and I firmly believe that a person's Christian Faith grows from digging deeper into why we believe what we've been told (or don't believe) and this podcast is the perfect way to better understand what we may believe or have been told, or answer questions that we've perhaps always had. Give the podcast a few tries, I think anyone, atheist or Christian would benefit.
I love this podcast! Thank you Jim for all of your research and hard work. Masterfully done!
...very clear, easy to listen to; and he takes the time needed to discuss the topics fully. I'm in the process of listening to every one.
The author of this podcast is deeply philosophical and widely educated. As a religious studies and philosophy professor, I highly recommend this podcast.
This is the best Christian Apologetics website and podcast out there (IMHO). Jim Wallace brings his background and experience as a cold case homicide detective into play in looking at evidence for Christianity. Definitely worth a listen. Highly recommended.
As a cold case homicide detective, Jim Wallace makes apologetics fun. His evidential approach to Christianity brought him to a place where after being an athiest for 35 years, became "convinced" of the truth of Jesus Christ. I recommend this podcast to anyone who is seeking truth, regardless of current worldview. Thanks Jim!
Jim Wallace does an exellent job at presenting an introductory apologetics podcast, which is exactly what he sets out to do. There are better scholar-type podcasts out there, but this is fantastic for someone just getting their feet wet.
Jim Wallace is the most gracious podcaster I've heard. He defends his positions without bashing others and welcomes thoughtful comments, even disagreement. This is my favorite apologetics podcast and I look forward to it weekly and recommend it to my friends.
Jim's approach is intelligent, yet accessible to a broad audience. Very clear and insightful. Keep up the good work!
If you're looking for clear, concise and reasonable explanations this is the podcast to listen to.
I just discovered this Podcast last week and enjoy it immensely. Mr. Wallace offers insightful information and critical thinking to his commentary. He's easy to listen to and motivating to Christians looking for ways to share the truth of the Gospel. This Podcast is a definate must for those with a Christan worldview.
Ever feel like you just don't have time to sort through all the things you need to sort through? Ever feel like even though you hear the arguments for christianity you don't get to hear the other side? Ever feel like you just can't get the full picture? Why don't they believe or why do they believe? Why is that significant? How did they reach that conclusion? How is that twisting things around? How is it that I am supposed to read the Bible? He explains the way he thinks or the rules he applies to come to his conclusions and he presents the arguments for the other side all at the same time. All I have to say is FEED ME!! :) Maybe he is just able to put it together in a way that is helpful for me but it works and I like it. He definately helps you to think about issues that you may not even know exist.
I appreciate your podcasts! The Lord has used you to inspire many people, including me. Your website is spectacular as well. May God bless you, Jim!
This is one of the best podcasts on the web . A great thinker.
This podcast is awesome! It is great to listen to and covers a variety of fascinating topics. It is great for all ages! I have enjoyed listening to all the episodes. It is very encouraging and touching. Jim is an awesome commentator and knows how to discuss the pressing issues of the day. I know you all will enjoy it!! God Bless!!
insightful, thoughtful, logical information that helps me carefully consider how to think about matters of philosophy and belief
I really appreciate this great podcast. You are putting out the evidence in a logical manner like in a court of law. My background is in history and I wanted you to know that you are "Right On" with your conclusions. I can't wait until the next podcast. Keep them coming!!!
A better title would be, "Tell Me Lies and Brainwash Me of Reality" come on, humans are meant to think and use their brains. Not believe in words ancient text interpreted and re-written by religious leaders and sold to the masses in effort to control and rob them of money and sell false promises I can see right through it all. I rather listen to a used car salesmen speak.