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  • Series: Reasons to Believe
  • Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801064694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064692
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Always be prepared to give an answer.

One of the unique aspects of Christianity is that it stands up to honest intellectual scrutiny. Without a Doubt offers solid, succinct answers to twenty classic questions that challenge the Christian faith, including:

-God's existence
-creation and the universe
-the historical veracity of Scripture
-Jesus Christ's true identity
-God as Trinity
-faith vs. science
-God and evil
-Christianity and other religions

Authorities ranging from prophets and philosophers to scientists and the Scriptures provide rational explanations and compelling evidence for those who have questions about their faith or question faith altogether.


"Samples exhibits the virtues of charity and intellectual integrity along with a deep understanding of the sorts of challenges to the Christian faith that are offered in our contemporary world and must be met by the serious Christian. Without a Doubt is a wonderful work."--Francis J. Beckwith, Baylor University, author of Relativism

"Without a Doubt fills a specific void in the apologetic literature. It brings together very careful research with a reader-friendly style. A great read for anyone interested in answers to some of life's most puzzling questions."--J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology, author of Love Your God with All Your Mind

"Rarely does one find such an array of issues and quality responses under one cover, all ready for personal use or in addressing questions or challenges."--Gary R. Habermas, Liberty University, author of The Historical Jesus

About the Author

Kenneth Samples is vice president of philosophical and theological apologetics with Reasons to Believe. He is founder and president of Augustine Fellowship Study Center, formerly worked for the Christian Research Institute, and has cohosted "The Bible Answer Man." He also serves as an adjunct instructor at Biola University and lives in southern California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.

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His chapter on Blaise Pascal and the wager was much appreciated by this Pascalian!
Douglas Groothuis
The book is in an ideal format for group study or Sunday school class, and it's easy enough to read to engage anyone from High School on up.
M. Perez
For the intelligent seeker, this book thoroughly analyzes and answers the most common questions about the faith.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Groothuis on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Perez on May 3, 2005
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Many books attempting to answer tough questions in the Christian faith are either simplistic or too academic. In this book, Mr. Samples has produced an outstanding work which is as useful for the untrained layman as it is for the advanced scholar. The answers are intellectually satisfying, sufficiently deep, and span enough breadth to engage the problems meaningfully and thoughtfully.

This book will give you honest, well-researched answers that fall within all the major traditions of the historic Christian faith. Because it answers many of the questions that skeptics have asked recently and through the ages, this book is useful for non-Christians who really want to know the intellectual basis for many of Christianity's major beliefs. It's also tremendously useful for Christians who have honest questions that they haven't got answered in their own church.

The book is in an ideal format for group study or Sunday school class, and it's easy enough to read to engage anyone from High School on up.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on August 12, 2005
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A critic of Samples writes that there is nothing new in this book and that he is more convinced it is Christianity that is wrong, not atheism. Pardon me, but did this fellow read the book? Samples offers some of the very best in Christian apologetic responses to humankind's most pressing questions. If the fellow was expecting a centerfold with pictures of God, Jesus leaving the tomb, etc., then I'm afraid this is never going to happen. But the evidence is clearly there to show that, while we don't have full knowledge of all spiritual inquiries, the information we do have available very clearly shows that there are plausible answers to even the tough questions. We just don't have easy answers, and this is because we lack omniscience. (Yet even science does not have all the answers, or I ask, "How many planets are there?" Nine, all textbooks say, even the most up-to-date. But could there be 10, as a recent discovery in July 2005 shows? And really, how do we know that there are not 11 or 12 planets?)

While the information in this book is certainly available elsewhere (When Skeptics Ask by Geisler and Handbook of Chrsitian Apologetics by Kreeft come to mind), I believe Samples did a wonderful job by making "Without a Doubt" very understandable. I really believe that the typical layperson should be able to pick this up and, in three weeks (one chapter a night), have better answers to give those who ask these questions (1 Peter 3:15-16). Therefore, I recommend the book, even to the skeptical atheist. But then, if you remain atheistic in your belief system, I would love to see your answers to these questions.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Erik O'Dell on July 19, 2004
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I have been fortunate enough to be exposed to Kenneth Samples teaching in a class setting in the past. He taught a series on logic and 'learning how to learn' at a local church. He is just as lucid in his teaching as he is in this book.
When he told the class about the book before it was released, I was really looking forward to reading it. I had no doubt that it would be a vital resource in my library of apologetics studies. My optimism was proved correct. I can't put it down!
He has a way of clearly articulating the point without going into overkill. Some philosophers try too hard to show their scholarship by dragging a point out. He knows his stuff well enough to be able to communicate it back and educate those who would call themselves laymen and academics, alike. He is a good teacher and anyone who has the pleasure of reading this book or studying under him will see the blessing in their own lives.
Pick up this book. It answers some of the questions I have not seen approached in other volumes that I own on the topic. It is truly a great resource. Definitely add this to your collection.
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