My wife loves detective or crime shows on TV. From Matlock and Monk to Psyche and Sherlock. She actually likes serving on the jury in court. For those who have special place for detective shows or even crime novels you need to check out J. Warner Wallace. Wallace, a cold-case detective, was an adamant atheist until he was thirty-five. In fact, he cases have appeared repeatedly on NBS’s Dateline. As Wallace puts it, “cold case detectives examine events in the distant past for which there is often no living eyewitnesses and little, if any, forensic evidence. The gospels also record an event in the distant past for which there are no living eyewitnesses and no forensic evidence.” He used his skills as a cold-case detective to determine if the gospel is true. These skills are utilized in his first book Cold-Case Christianity. He has recently turned his skills to the existence of God in God’s Crime Scene. The video below is a lecture he did in which he examines “How the Cosmological Evidence Points to the Existence of God.” The lecture actually begins at minute 2:45. He introduces the lecture by describing a cold case principle of “staying inside the room” or “going outside the room.” When as a detective, coming upon a crime scene in a room, he had to determine if the evidence pointed a cause inside the room or outside the room. Think of universe as a “room.” As one looks at evidence, can it be accounted for by staying in the room or does one have to go outside the room in order to better explain the evidence. The proverbial “room” is the universe. As he says in the introduction of his new book God’s Crime Scene “my investigation of the natural universe required me to look at the characteristics of the ‘room’ and determine if they could be explained fully by what already existed within the ‘four walls.’ Was there any evidence inside the universe pointing to the existence or intervention of a supernatural being outside the universe?”
Both books are well worth the read as well as the video below.