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7 Truths That Changed the World (Reasons to Believe): Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Richard Samples
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What Good Is Christianity?

Ideas have consequences, sometimes far-reaching and world-changing ones. The Christian faith contains many volatile truths that challenged--and continue to challenge--the cultural and religious status quo. This fascinating exploration offers a unique look at how the world changed when Christ and his followers came on the scene. In a world where Christian belief and practice are increasingly under fire, 7 Truths That Changed the World will give you the confidence to impact the world for Christ--for good.


"While many Christians are accustomed to hearing that there is good evidence for their faith, far less common are arguments that point out how other worldviews are far inferior in terms of both evidence and explanatory power. Ken Samples develops a cumulative case for Christianity, arguing well that no other thesis even comes close to accounting for what we know about reality."--Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University

"Ken Samples has combined clear thinking with clear writing to give us a guided tour through basic Christian truths. He shows us what those truths are, why we should believe them, and how they make better sense of the world than the alternatives. Thanks be to God for this helpful, encouraging, and challenging book!"--C. John Collins, professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

"7 Truths That Changed the World is a powerful reminder that Christianity is a truth claim that confronts the beliefs and values of our contemporary age at a number of critical points. But Samples is neither confrontational nor combative as he spells out seven aspects of the Christian truth claim that stand in opposition to much of what our non-Christian neighbors hold dear. This is must reading."--Kim Riddlebarger, senior pastor, Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim, California


Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar with Reasons To Believe, the premier science-faith think tank. An adjunct instructor of apologetics at Biola University, Samples is the author of Without a Doubt and A World of Difference.


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What Good Is Christianity?

Ideas have consequences, sometimes far-reaching and world-changing ones. The Christian faith contains many volatile truths that challenged--and continue to challenge--the cultural and religious status quo. This fascinating exploration offers a unique look at how the world changed when Christ and his followers came on the scene. In a world where Christian belief and practice are increasingly under fire, 7 Truths That Changed the World will give you the confidence to impact the world for Christ--for good.


"While many Christians are accustomed to hearing that there is good evidence for their faith, far less common are arguments that point out how other worldviews are far inferior in terms of both evidence and explanatory power. Ken Samples develops a cumulative case for Christianity, arguing well that no other thesis even comes close to accounting for what we know about reality."--Gary R. Habermas, Distinguished Research Professor, Liberty University

"Ken Samples has combined clear thinking with clear writing to give us a guided tour through basic Christian truths. He shows us what those truths are, why we should believe them, and how they make better sense of the world than the alternatives. Thanks be to God for this helpful, encouraging, and challenging book!"--C. John Collins, professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

"7 Truths That Changed the World is a powerful reminder that Christianity is a truth claim that confronts the beliefs and values of our contemporary age at a number of critical points. But Samples is neither confrontational nor combative as he spells out seven aspects of the Christian truth claim that stand in opposition to much of what our non-Christian neighbors hold dear. This is must reading."--Kim Riddlebarger, senior pastor, Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim, California


Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar with Reasons To Believe, the premier science-faith think tank. An adjunct instructor of apologetics at Biola University, Samples is the author of Without a Doubt and A World of Difference.

About the Author

Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar with Reasons To Believe, the premier science-religion think tank. An adjunct instructor of apologetics at Biola University, Samples is the author of Without a Doubt and A World of Difference. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.

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  • Publisher: Baker Books (May 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christianity's Dangerous Truths May 1, 2012
Format:Paperback
You often hear atheists like Richard Dawkins claim that not only is religion for the ignorant, but that it is actually dangerous. Perhaps they are partially correct and that Christianity, in particular, has dangerous ideas? Could it be that Christianity and its radical ideas have made a huge, positive impact on the world? In the new book, 7 Truths That Changed the World, Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas, Ken Samples puts forth the case that Christianity has made the biggest impact on the world of any movement in history!

So what is so radical and dangerous about Christianity's claims? They are radical in the sense that they upset the status quo and threaten accepted, competing beliefs. They are dangerous in that they have implications for how all people live their lives, and how they view themselves and the world around them.

What are some of these dangerous ideas? The book addresses 7 different ones:

The Resurrection of Jesus
God became a Man
Creation from True Nothing
The Existence of God
Salvation by Grace, not Good Works
Humans are created in the Image of God and yet are sinful
There are reasons for pain and suffering

This book builds upon a foundation established in a couple of Samples' previous works, World of Difference, A: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test and Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions. In this new book, like the others, he makes his case using abductive reasoning to the best explanation.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Kenneth Samples' latest book, Seven Truths that Changed the World (hereafter 7TC) provides an easy-to-read, fairly comprehensive apologetic for the Christian faith in a unique format.

Samples presents 7TC as a kind of investigation into the "dangerous ideas" that are central to Christianity. These dangerous ideas are:

1. Not all men stay dead. In this section, Samples defends the historicity of Jesus' resurrection. Christians who are actively involved in reading apologetics will find that the argument is the fairly well-known "minimal facts" style, but Samples does manage to give some uniqueness to the argument in the next chapter, wherein he examines various objections to the argument for the resurrection. Particularly unique was the fact that Samples takes the time to offer critiques of some of the more outlandish objections, like the twin brother theory (38).

2. God walked the earth- Here, Samples puts the "dangerous idea" squarely in the context of religious pluralism. Not all religions can be true (48ff) and if Jesus was God on earth, then Christianity is true. Interestingly, rather than simply presenting arguments for Jesus' Godhood, Samples offers a few theories of the incarnation and only then moves towards Biblical evidence for Jesus' deity (50-53; 53ff). Again, Samples engages with some little-known but often abused objections, including the notion that Jesus was a guru (69-70) or even an alien (70-71).

3. A fine-tuned cosmos with a beginning- Samples then engages in an argument from cosmic fine-tuning. Again, Samples puts the argument into a context rather than simply throwing it out to be fielded. Throughout the book, Samples grounds the arguments he makes within the broad theological history that surrounds the ideas.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent May 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
7 Truths That Changed the World is the latest book by Ken Samples, senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe and Adjunct Instructor of apologetics at Biola University. I had the pleasure of taking the "Authority, Canon, and Criticism" course under Mr. Samples and attending his lectures during my summer residency time at Biola. The breadth of his knowledge is impressive and inspiring. He is one of the most gifted lecturers and writers I have encountered. I greatly appreciate his command of language, his careful use of phrasing, and the way he is able to articulate arguments (even those I'm very familiar with) in a way that gives me a fresh perspective and deeper understanding of their significance. So, whenever I set out to read his latest book, I expected more of what I have come to admire about Mr. Samples' work, and I was not disappointed.

7 Truths is arranged into seven main sections, each dealing with a "Dangerous Idea" that is fundamental to the Christian belief system. Samples says, "If as a Christian you find that these dangerous ideas don't rock your worldview, then maybe your faith has become far too safe. And if you're not a Christian, then welcome to Christianity's dangerous, but good, ideas" (p. 11). These ideas are as follows:

1. Not All Dead Men Stay Dead

2. God Walked the Earth

3. A Fine-Tuned Cosmos with a Beginning

4. Clear Pointers to God

5. Not by Works

6. Humanity's Value and Dignity

7. The Good in Suffering

In each major section, Samples uses subtitles to break the topic down into compact, digestible segments. I appreciate how well he outlines each argument thoroughly but incredibly succinctly. Never did I feel bogged down in superfluous details or examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Good reading. Thought provoking. Solidifies my faith. Ken writes makes a compelling case for believing in Christianity's
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Published 6 months ago by john hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
Really enjoyed this book. It makes a very logical argument for the verses in the bible. You would really enjoy this book
Published 9 months ago by Jerry Goodbar
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing the world - and me!
Faith is a individual choice, often based in personal experience and commitment. This book taught me that it also should have a foundation of reason and science - truth! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Roger Nord
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
If you are interested in beginner apologetic issues, this is your book. This book was picked for my church book club, and has discussion questions or just thinking questions at... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Felicia E. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars True-truth
Thanks Mr. Samples! How important is truth: “Truth is relative to the knowing mind” (John Gerstner); Better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mal Tomlin
5.0 out of 5 stars nice
Very interesting, a must christian should read this book, very helpful tool when you share the gospel with others and how to answer difficult questions.
Published 20 months ago by Ralph V.
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After the growth of intelligent design and much of the Christian world in recent decades, the Atheist Fundies launched their counterattack. Read more
Published 22 months ago by OtherWorlds&Wisdom
4.0 out of 5 stars Pros and Cons of Apologetics
While Kenneth Samples' book provides an adequate and well written apologetic, I feel it is aimed largely at non-Christians. Read more
Published on November 21, 2012 by Gareth Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent summary of the most important Christian truths and their...
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