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Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions (Reasons to Believe) Paperback – July 1, 2004
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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:
-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 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 i
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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.
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.
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.
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.