2004 FOREWORD MAGAZINE "BOOK OF THE YEAR" AWARD WINNER
Bronze Winner in the category of Religion
- Your son wonders, How can I know God exists?
- Your friend speculates, God can't be both good and all-powerful.
- If he is, why did my baby die?
- Your neighbor asks, Don't all religions lead to the same God?
Without a Doubt provides clear, solid answers to tough questions encountered every day. Topics range from the deity of Christ to religious pluralism. From evolution to moral relativism. And the powerful responses can reach even the most stubborn skeptic. Lists help readers remember key points. Additional resources provide places to turn for more in-depth information. And discussion questions can enliven Sunday school classes, family devotions, or neighborhood get-togethers.
What others are saying:
Francis J. Beckwith, MJS, PhD
Associate Professor of Church-State Studies Associate Director, J. M. Dawson
Institute of Church-State Studies Baylor University
Although Ken Samples takes on some very difficult philosophical and theological questions, his responses are clear, carefully reasoned, and accessible to ordinary people. Ken, correctly, sees the Christian worldview, as not simply a loosely-connected series of subjective assertions about `religion,I but a full-orbed worldview, a cluster of interdependent beliefs that has implications for every aspect of the human experience including ethics, political theory, and our study of the natural world. But Ken offers not only a description, but a defense, of this worldview. And he does so with a sense that todayI s Christian community is part of a noble, and sophisticated, theological tradition that has its roots in an early church who learned at the feet of Jesus himself. KenI s sense of ecclesiastical continuity on doctrinal matters is rare among Christian apologists, even though it is a vital component in any defense of our historic faith. Ken exhibits the virtues of charity and intellectual integrity along with a deep understanding of the sorts of challenges to Christian faith that are offered in our contemporary world and must be met by the serious Christian. Without A Doubt is a wonderful work.
This is some of the clearest, precise and useful writing on the subject of apologetics we have ever come across. Samples hits the nail on the head. We highly recommend this book to all Christians who want to more simply and effectively communicate their faith and worldview to their friends.
Well-respected Christian philosopher and apologist Douglas Groothuis wrote the following review of Without A Doubt on Amazon.com.
Outstanding Overview of the Rationality of Christianity , September 5, 2005
Reviewer: Douglas Groothuis, Denver Seminary "Douglas Groothuis" (Littleton, Colorado USA)
Mr. Samples has given us a clearly written, well-documented, and deeply helpful book on why anyone should believe the Christian worldview to be true and rational. Books on this topic--Christian apologetics--are fairly plentiful, but few of them are as theologically and philosophy astute as this volume. Unlike many introductory to intermediate level books on this topic, Samples articulates a consistently Reformed approach to Christianity (which comports with my own), even offering a concise but astute chapter on the value of creeds to apologetics. I know of no other apologetics book with such a chapter.
The book is organized around twenty questions broken into three sections: (1) Thinking Through Questions about Faith in God (2) Thinking Through Questions about Faith in Jesus Christ (3) Thinking Through Objections to Christian Faith. Most all the pertinent topics of apologetics are covered, with a few minor exceptions. The two chapters on the relationship of Christianity to other religions are superb and highly pertinent, since this is one of the major issues facing Christians today. (Even so, many texts on apologetics sadly ignore this issue.) His chapter on Blaise Pascal and the wager was much appreciated by this Pascalian! (See my book, "On Pascal.")
Samples says his apologetic method is "eclectic" and simply asks us to discover it as he answers questions. That is allowable, but one wishes for a short statement on his basic means of argumentation. Although Samples' chapter on Christianity and science nicely covers the Christian basis of modern science and the problems with scientism, he says nothing directly about the problems with Darwinism (although has some helpful comments about philosophical naturalism, the philosophy that artificially props up Darwinism) or how one might reconcile Genesis and the deliverances of science.
But these are minor complaints. "Without a Doubt; is one of the best one-volume introductions to apologetics published in recent years. May it become a textbook in colleges, seminaries, and churches around the country and the globe. I am using it as a supplemental text for "Defending Christian Faith" at Denver Seminary.
Online mentions and reviews:
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