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The Defense Rests is a podcast in which you're the jury. We'll put Christianity and other worldviews in the courtroom as we address the claims for and the objections against the Christian faith from a legal perspective. You'll hear objections right from atheists, agnostics, and those from other religions to see whether Christianity holds up to courtroom level scrutiny.

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The Defense Rests is a podcast in which you're the jury. We'll put Christianity and other worldviews in the courtroom as we address the claims for and the objections against the Christian faith from a legal perspective. You'll hear objections right from atheists, agnostics, and those from other religions to see whether Christianity holds up to courtroom level scrutiny.

Season 1 Finale, Pt. 2: Objection! The Resurrection Accounts are Contradictory

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This season started off with Abdu discussing burdens of proof and episodes on a lawyer's case for the resurrection. As we wrap up season one of The Defense Rests, we apply those themes to a common objection by skeptics: the Bible's crucifixion and resurrection accounts have discrepancies.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Oct 26 2020

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Season 1 Finale, Pt. 1: Objection! The Resurrection Accounts are Contradictory

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This season started off with Abdu discussing burdens of proof and episodes on a lawyer's case for the resurrection. As we wrap up season one of The Defense Rests, we apply those themes to a common objection by skeptics: the Bible's crucifixion and resurrection accounts have discrepancies.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Sep 22 2020

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Interview with Cold Case Homicide Detective J. Warner Wallace, Part 2

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In this episode, Abdu sits down with his friend and nationally recognized cold case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace to talk about the nature of evidence, how cases are built using evidence, and attitudes that investigators have when trying to determine "what happened." Along the way, they apply the discussion to our individual searches for the truth about Jesus.d

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Sep 07 2020

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Interview with Cold Case Homicide Detective J. Warner Wallace, Part 1

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In this episode, Abdu sits down with his friend and nationally recognized cold case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace to talk about the nature of evidence, how cases are built using evidence, and attitudes that investigators have when trying to determine "what happened." Along the way, they apply the discussion to our individual searches for the truth about Jesus.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Aug 19 2020

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"I Was Wrong!" What to Do When You Find Out Your Case Had a Flaw

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Sometimes a fact or line of reasoning we use turns out to be wrong or flawed. What do we do? We needn't panic, Abdu says. In this episode, Abdu suggests how to address the error and rebuild a robust case that doesn't depend on just one line of evidence or argument.

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Jul 27 2020

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Interview with Greg Koukl: Part 2

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Abdu's friend and President of Stand to Reason Greg Koukl join's him to discuss the updated edition of Greg's book, Tactics: A Gameplan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Tactics equips Christians with the same kind of methods lawyers use to find out the facts in a case. This is part one of a two-part interview.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Jul 13 2020

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Interview with Greg Koukl: Part 1

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Abdu's friend and President of Stand to Reason Greg Koukl join's him to discuss the updated edition of Greg's book, Tactics: A Gameplan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Tactics equips Christians with the same kind of methods lawyers use to find out the facts in a case. This is part one of a two-part interview.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Jun 29 2020

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Objection! "The Atonement is Unjust!"

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Jesus' sacrifice on the cross is central to the Christian faith. The gospel message is that Jesus paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. Yet some object that Jesus' substitution for us on the cross is unjust. How is it just for an innocent person to be punished in the place of the guilty? Abdu addresses this objection by pointing to legal principles showing how it can often be fair for an innocent person to take on the liability of another.

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Jun 15 2020

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Recognizing a Biased Witness or a Biased Jury, Part 2

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Abdu will apply the principles discussed in Part 1 to matters of faith, particularly the credibility of the New Testament and the creation account in Genesis.

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Jun 01 2020

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Recognizing a Biased Witness or a Biased Jury, Part 1

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When assessing a claim, we often look at the testimonies of witnesses, including experts. But how can we tell if a witness is being biased toward one side or the other? Do we sometimes give too much weight to someone's opinion just because they happen to have expertise in a certain area? And what about jurors—those whose responsibilities it is to come to a verdict? Can they be biased as well? Abdu will walk us through how to think about these issues. As we look at the claims and objections regarding spiritual claims, we have to be on the lookout not only for the biased witnesses, but also our own biases.

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May 18 2020

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Objection! "The Disciples Probably Hallucinated Seeing the Raised Jesus"

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Could the disciples have experienced a mass hallucination that Jesus rose from the dead instead of actually seeing the risen Jesus? We put this explanation, popular among some skeptics, to the test by employing the rules as to the admissibility of expert testimony.

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May 04 2020

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Objection! "Jesus May Not Have Actually Died"

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One explanation of what happened to Jesus is that he didn't rise from the dead, because he never actually died. Instead, some say he "swooned" so that it seemed like he was dead but he was actually entombed alive. In this episode, Abdu looks at how expert medial testimony establishes that Jesus did in fact die on the cross.

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Apr 20 2020

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Objection! "Miracles are the Least Likely Explanation"

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This episode begins with the discussion of counter-explanations to the Resurrection. Specifically, the objection that since miracles are the least likely event, they are the least likely explanation of what happened to Jesus. In this episode, Abdu indicates how this objection employs unfounded assumptions and actually employs circular reasoning.

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Apr 06 2020

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A Lawyer's Case for the Resurrection Part 2

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This episode continues to discuss the CASE acronym, specifically the S and the E to establish the case that Jesus rose from the dead. We discuss the burden of proof once again, and how the Christian can meet the burden and then shift it onto the skeptic to try to explain what happened to Jesus.

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Mar 23 2020

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A Lawyer's Case for the Resurrection Part 1

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This episode explains the differences between "circumstantial evidence" and "direct evidence." It includes Abdu's "CASE" acronym setting out four key facts about the historical Jesus that the vast majority of scholars agree on. Abdu argues that Jesus' resurrection from the dead best explains the facts.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Mar 06 2020

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Pilot Episode

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This episode introduces "The Defense Rests," a podcast where lawyer and RZIM itinerant Abdu Murray looks at the claims for and objections against the Christian faith from a legal perspective, considering the rules of evidence and procedures to see which worldviews can withstand the scrutiny of a legal trial.

In this episode, Abdu examines the concept of burdens of proof, to see who has it, how to meet it, and whether the burden ever shifts.

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Abdu Murray - @AbduMurray

Mar 06 2020

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Great podcast

By Totorp - Apr 06 2020
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Compelling, logical with conviction!

Awesome

By hezek111819 - Mar 30 2020
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Very well spoken and easy to understand. Great FACTS! Truth!!