“Imagine a crime scene as big as … the entire universe! That’s what cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace does in this compelling and creative book as he shows how the evidence points powerfully toward a Creator.” – Lee Strobel, New York Times bestselling author and professor at Houston Baptist University
If only we could present this evidence to our children in the public school curriculum! As a high school biology teacher it is frustrating, to say the least, that hard core scientific evidence, such as presented in J. Warner Wallace’s “God’s Crime Scene,” is banned under the label ‘separation of church and state.’
There is a glimmer of hope however, because the new common core standards require students to do research and find evidence to support claims in their writing assignments. If you have grade level and even college level students in your life encourage them to go to sources like “God’s Crime Scene” for research. In the back of his book, pages 279-286, you will find “The Expert Witnesses” section with research references on various subjects cited in this book. He also has extensive “Investigative Notes” on pages 287- 320 with a multitude of additional expert sources. This is an excellent go to resource for use in student papers of all kinds.
In just the first four chapters “God’s Crime Scene” touches on some of the most profound questions that all humans ponder: Did the universe have a beginning or has it been here forever (eternal)? If the universe had a beginning who or what began it? What is the origin of life, and when, how and why did it begin? If there is evidence of design in our universe does this point to a creator (designer)?
Solid scientific and mathematical evidence is given to answer these questions and more! The best part however, is that it is fun to read! You do not feel like you are reading a stiff scientific journal. J. Warner Wallace gives exciting parallels to actual crime scenes that he has investigated before presenting the evidence for each topic, and there are whimsical bits of artwork to give visual support to the evidence along with inserts like ‘tools for the call-out bag.’ These additions help make this a perfect book for those who are not science savvy. However, there is also an insert called ‘secondary investigation’ for those who wish to go deeper on a particular topic.
As Christians we are called to give reason for the hope that we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). I believe that in the culture and times we live in today it is more important than ever to have answers, especially when it comes to our young people. I urge you to purchase “God’s Crime Scene” for your home library. Encourage your young people to use it and its sources as a reference for their own research.
Over the next few weeks I am going to continue to post reviews of this book with some of its highlights and insights. I am planning to incorporate much of its research into my next Case for Christianity class that will include presentations of evidence for objective truth, intelligent design (via our Creator) versus the secular theory of (neo-Darwinian) evolution for origin of life, and a case for the historicity and reliability of the Bible. This class and corresponding blog posts will begin in September.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. –Colossians 2:6-8
Let me know what you think: Buy “God’s Crime Scene” and join me this month by reading along. Give feedback, ask questions and share thoughts. Be someone who searches for truth.
In these posts I am going to continue to present logical reasoning and sound scientific evidence not found in the public school textbooks.
This blog will begin a new series in September 2015. If you’d like to review the previous series you can start by going back to the September 1, 2014 Introduction called A Case for Christianity: Why do we need one?
Always be ready to give an answer for the hope that you have in Christ Jesus as Lord. 1 Peter 3:15