Cold-Case Christianity: The Case of the Reliability of the New Testament Gospels

Self-Paced Course

The New Testament: Is it reliable? Can we trust what it says about Jesus?

Can we test the New Testament Gospels to determine if they are reliable eyewitness statements? If so, what criteria could we use to test the gospels? 

"... get ready to shadow Jim as he probes the evidence for faith. You'll find his approach to be compelling, his logic sound, and his conclusions to be amply supported Unravel with him the historical case for Jesus ..."

Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ

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Join cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace as he describes the process detectives use to determine if witnesses are reliable and applies this investigative template to the New Testament authors. 

The historic truth claims of Christianity are under attack from every direction. If ever there was a time to study the case for the eyewitness reliability of the gospels, the time is now, and Jim will help you respond to:

  • Were the Gospel writers motivated to lie about their testimony?
  • How to identify the original eyewitnesses and their immediate disciples?
  • Was there a Christian conspiracy?
  • Can you trust the Biblical evidence?
  • What was required to be included as a Gospel writer?
  • How do we know who wrote the Gospel of John?
  • Can we prove the Resurrection happened?
  • Who was the first Christian case maker?

With all the misinformation out there today, you’d be wise to be a little skeptical when someone makes an outrageous claim like the early Apostles did. The question is, what are you doing to test the evidence? Skepticism isn’t a position you can build any type of defense on, but it can be a starting place as you seek answers. As a former atheist, J. Warner Wallace has been there, and has since used his skeptical detective mind to investigate the evidence we have to test the reliability of the Gospels.

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“What happens when an atheist cop takes the same forensic skills he uses to solve the toughest crimes—homicides with a trail that’s been cold for decades—and applies them to the eyewitness testimony and circumstantial evidence for the life of Jesus of Nazareth? A fascinating new approach to the question of Gospel credibility, that’s what. Cold Case Christianity is simply the most clever and compelling defense I’ve ever read for the reliability of the New Testament record. Case closed.” Gregory Koukl President Stand to Reason, Speaker and author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions

“‘Cold-Case Christianity‘ reads like the fast-paced detective drama it actually is. The book is chocked full of interesting evidence and arguments, and it is unique among the literature in exhibiting a legal-reasoning approach to the evidence for and against historic Christianity. I enthusiastically endorse this great book and thank J. Warner Wallace for his excellent work.” J.P. Moreland Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University and author of The God Question 

Cold-Case Christianity is one of the most insightful, interesting, and helpful books in defending the faith I have read in a long time. Whether you are a Christian or a skeptic, J. Warner Wallace will challenge you to consider the evidence through fresh eyes. I have been studying the evidence for the faith for many years, and yet Jim helped me look at the historical, scientific, and philosophical facts in a new way. I could not recommend it more.” Sean McDowell Educator, Speaker, and author of Is God Just a Human Invention? 

Receive training from J. Warner Wallace himself in this 10 lesson Self-Paced online course!

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professor of apologetics at Talbot School of Theology (Biola University) and Southern Evangelical Seminary, and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. J. Warner became a Christ-follower at the age of thirty-five after investigating the claims of the New Testament gospels using his skill set as a detective. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary.

J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured more than any other detective on NBC’s Dateline, and his work has also appeared on CourtTV and Fox News. He also appears on television as an investigative consultant (most recently on truTV) and had a role in God’s Not Dead 2, making the case for the historicity of Jesus. J. Warner was awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award for his continuing work on cold-case homicides, and the CopsWest Award after solving a 1979 murder.

Jim is married to Susie (the love of his life since 1979) and has four children. He lives in Southern California where he enjoys running on the beach and the trails and walking his trusty Corgi, Bailey.



by J. Warner Wallace

*This book is the foundational source for this course. CLICK HERE to purchase.


by Richard Bauckham

*This book is optional for this course. CLICK HERE to purchase.

The Cold-Case Christianity Course includes nearly 10 hours of video and written commentary with further explanations and questions for thought and discussion. If you sign up for the premium course, you’ll have access to assignments and quizzes and be LIVE on ZOOM with J. Warner Wallace on 8 different occasions during the course for hour+ Q&A sessions! But you’ll need to sign up soon because seats in the premium class are limited to ensure everyone can interact live with Jim.

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10 Complete Lessons

Lesson Commentary

Corresponding Lesson Questions with Answer Keys

A “Toolbox” of additional lesson-enhancing videos and resources  

Online Technical Support

Access to Course Materials for 1 Year  


PREMIUM COURSE (Certificate) 



10 Complete Lessons  

Lesson Commentary

Corresponding Lesson Questions with Answer Keys 

A “Toolbox” of additional lesson-enhancing videos and resources  

Access to Course Materials for 1 Year  

Course quizzes and assignments  

8 Live Interactive one-hour plus Q&A sessions with J. Warner Wallace  

Online Student-Led Discussion Group  

Online Technical Support  

Certificates emailed upon Completion



  • When do the live zoom sessions take place for the PREMIUM course?

We will meet for 8 LIVE zoom sessions Wednesday nights at 9pm ET. ( Course Schedule: TBD)

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Unfortunately, due to copyright, privacy and security issues the answer to this question is NO.  We understand the desire to share these awesome sessions in this manner, but each course is a “closed” course.  This means that each student enrolled in a course with LIVE recorded sessions, through their enrollment, has given permission for recording of the Zoom sessions for use by the student’s in their enrolled class ONLY and verified that they are not a minor.   To remain GDPR compliant and protect privacy and security, we authenticate each student joining our Zoom meetings. This privacy is also sought to create a place where our students get to know the others in their group and feel comfortable in sharing personal thoughts and questions.  

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