Cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, presented this lecture via Skype at Reasonable Faith Belfast on Monday, 3rd December 2012. He talks about the nature of evidence, possibility and reason, the chain of custody for the New Testament documents, and much more. The lecture is about an hour (with great visuals), followed by about 30 minutes of Q&A.
Jim Wallace is an L.A. County homicide detective and former atheist who brings his investigative techniques to his study of Christ and the Scriptures.
- 00:00 to 3:45 – Jim tells the story of his involvement in law enforcement
- 3:45 to 4:55 – Jim describes his web sites (including www.pleaseconvinceme.com)
- 4:55 to 7:25 – Wallace explains that his cold case methodology applies to Christianity
- 7:25 to 10:20 – Distinguishing between what is possible and what is reasonable.
- 10:20 to 22:55 – Distinguishing circumstantial evidence from direct evidence.
- 22:55 to 22:45 – Why it’s important to test witnesses (four tests)
- 25:45 to 35:09 – Were the Gospel witnesses present? (dating of the Gospels)
- 35:09 to 45:27 – Can the Gospel witnesses be verified? (archaeology and pagan history)
- 45:27 to 49:00 – Are the Gospel witnesses accurate?
- 49:00 to 55:18 – The “chain of custody” for New Testament documents.
- 55:18 to 59:35 – What about the variations in the many copies of the NT documents?
- 59:35 to 102:34 – Are the Gospel witnesses biased? (Greed? Lust? Power?)
- 102:34 to 105:18 – Are the Gospel witnesses disqualified because they weren’t neutral?
- 105:18 to 107:10 – Summing up the evidence for Jesus.
- 107:10 to 107:37 – Reference to Wallace’s book Cold-Case Christianity.
- 107:37 to 144:40 – Q & A
- 144:40 to 145:41 – Closing remarks, incl. mention of Brian Auten (Apologetics 315)