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7 Truths That Changed the World (Reasons to Believe): Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas di [Samples, Kenneth R.]
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Ideas have consequences, sometimes far-reaching and world-changing. The Christian faith contains many volatile truths that challenged--and continue to challenge--the cultural and religious status quo of the world. This biblical, historical, and philosophical exploration of some of Christianity's most transformational ideas offers a unique look at how the world changed when Christ and his followers came on the scene. These ideas include

the resurrection
Jesus as God incarnate
creation out of nothing
the compatibility of faith and reason
justification by grace through faith
humankind in God's image
the greater good of suffering

Pastors, students, and thoughtful Christians will be strengthened to face contemporary challenges to these truths and will find the confidence to impact their world for Christ.


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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  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0801072115
  • Editore: Baker Books (1 maggio 2012)
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent presentation and very useful in apologetics 23 luglio 2012
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Book Highlights

In this apologetics book by Ken Samples, 7 truths are presented that are foundational truths for the Christian faith. Samples covers the following 7 truths directly from the Bible:

1. Not All Dead Men Stay Dead (the resurrection)
2. God Walked the Earth (the incarnation)
3. A Fine-Tuned Cosmos with a Beginning (creation)
4. Clear Pointers to God (evidence for God's existence)
5. Not By Works (salvation by God's grace, not works)
6. Humanity's Value and Dignity (intrinsic worth of human beings)
7. The Good in Suffering (making sense of evil - theodicy)

Under idea one, chapter one, Samples examines the testimony of the Bible regarding Easter. He looks at the predicament of naturalism. Then he surveys the New Testament resurrection appearances, evidence for the empty tomb and the extraordinary transformation of the apostles. In chapter two, Samples examines the various theories that have been put forth to explain away the resurrection. The legend theory, fraud theory, wrong tomb theory, relocated second burial theory, apparent death theory, hallucination theory, twin brother theory, and the disembodied visions theory are examined closely and found wanting.

With dangerous idea two, chapter three, Samples takes a look at the incarnation. This is the idea that God became a man through the second person of the holy trinity, the Lord Jesus. Samples writes, "God has indeed revealed his own objectively true identity by taking on human flesh and walking on earth as the God-man". Samples explains the concepts of the hypostatic union and kenosis. He contrasts world religions and their view of God to that of the Bible. Finally he presents scripture supporting the deity of Christ, actions of Yahweh, divine roles, divine qualities, the manhood of Christ, physical limitations of Christ, the emotions of Christ and the physical aspects of Christ. In chapter four Samples critiques alternative view of Jesus. These views are the legend hypothesis, leaned man hypothesis, liar hypothesis, lunatic hypothesis, lama hypothesis and lunar alien hypothesis.

Dangerous idea three, chapter five, describes the fine-tuning of the cosmos including the beginning of all things. We have discussion of the fine-tuned earth and solar system, creation ex-nihilo, and refutation of creation ex materia and creation ex Deo. Then we have a discussion of the implication of creation ex-nihilo. Chapter six discusses divine providence and the emergence of science. He discusses the reason for God creating the universe and the implications of divine providence. Also, he outlines the relationship between God and his allowance for evil. There is also a discussion on the foundation of science is found in the creation ex-nihilo idea. It exists independently of God and has specific properties.

Dangerous idea four, chapter seven, compares the explanatory power of atheism versus Christian theism for the big questions of life. The idea is that God makes sense of reality. The reasoning of theists and atheists differ significantly. Each world view can be analyzed by its explanatory power and scope. Samples looks at explanations for the existence of the universe, the beginning of the universe, the complex order, design, and elegance of the universe, our ability to study the universe, the reality of abstract non-physical entities, and the presence of conscious beings. In chapter eight we read about indications of God from the human condition, objective moral values, the reality of purpose and significance, the innate sense of the divine, the enigma of man, the resurrection of Jesus, a cumulative case for God's existence. In the end we see the strong explanatory scope of Christianity.

Dangerous idea five, chapter nine, discusses moral goodness and the human condition. The spiritual condition of man is much worse than is typically believed. The doctrine of sin is explained: where it came from, the types of sin, effects of sin, the extent of sin, and the sin nature. The in chapter ten, the gospel is explained. the doctrine of salvation is explained: salvation by grace, the role of faith, and the role of good works. Samples then explains the doctrine of the atonement by using seven word pictures: salvation, legal substitutionary sacrifice, propitiation, reconciliation, redemption, justification and adoption. The role of grace in salvation is also examined. I love where Samples quotes B.B. Warfield, "It is not strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or the nature of faith, but in the object of faith. Faith is a gift of God to men, not an exercise of the unaided human will.

Dangerous idea six, chapter ten, discusses secular humanism and the imago dei. How does secular humanism fail to address humanity's existential condition. The views of philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Peter Singer is examined. Then Samples discusses biblical anthropology, meaning of the imago dei, the natural image versus the moral image of man, how we are like and unlike God, the fall of men, and the redemption of man. We finally see a discussion of how the imago dei affects moral decisions. In chapter twelve, we have discussion of: imago dei, human purpose, significance and meaning, the uniqueness and enigma of humans, and how humans differ from animals.

Finally in dangerous idea seven, chapter thirteen, we find a discussion of evil and God's goodness. How is it we can claim that God is good is he allows evil to exist? We see evil from the perspective of both humanism and Christianity. We see how Christianity offers a superior understanding of the purpose of evil. The bottom line is that God has a larger purpose for evil. Though God cannot be blamed for evil, he does bring good out of it. In chapter fourteen Samples provides an expansion of God's good purposes for evil of suffering. We see the nature of evil, a discussion of God's sovereignty, and why God allows evil and suffering.

The Usefulness of the Book

I think the main usefulness of this book lies in its comprehensiveness in addressing many different apologetic issues. I loved the layout of this book. The arguments presented show the superiority of the Christian worldview. In addition to the well reasoned arguments, there were also discussion questions at the end of each chapter. I felt like the questions were very good and would help in small group discussion.


My only criticism of the book would be just that the number of topics addressed were so many it made it difficult to follow the flow of thought at times. It jumped from topic to topic and didn't always make a smooth transition. I did like the comprehensiveness of covering the most dangerous ideas, yet it is difficult to cover such diverse topics and make the entire book flow well.


I would certainly recommend this book to those who often engage in witnessing or get into apologetic discussions. Small group participants will be encouraged by the material, and will be helped to be bolder in sharing their faith. The arguments presented, are not polemic, but are reasoned and backed up with sound logical, historical, anthropological and theological evidence. It is hard to deny that God may use this book to help Christians be more motivated and confident as we seek to expand God's kingdom on earth and help to fulfill the Great Commission.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Samples Scores with Dangerous Truth 11 ottobre 2012
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In U.S. industry, government regulations require that Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS's) accompany any potentially hazardous substance coming into the workplace. An MSDS contains instructions for safe handling of dangerous material. Ken Samples' new book, 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas, should come with an MSDS for unbelievers who dare to open it up. It will be hazardous--and potentially lethal--to their unbelief.

Writing even more boldly than in his earlier successes (Without a Doubt and A World of Difference), Samples explains and justifies some of the most important (and controversial) elements of orthodox Christian doctrine in an unorthodox and refreshing approach. He packs them into a neat, compact arrangement of, yes, seven sections in which he offers both advocacy of, and objections to, the doctrine. All of his assertions are well supported and thoroughly footnoted.

The provocative titles he applies to deep and complex themes serve notice that he's giving us an elucidating gift that bolsters the belief of the Christian and strikes seven solid blows to the skeptic's armor. To wit: "Not All Dead Men Stay Dead" (the resurrection), "God Walked the Earth" (the incarnation), and "The Good in Suffering" (the problem of evil). On these subjects, and four more, he applies his considerable writing skill to open them up, reveal their soundness, and give clarity to their critical implications for our lives. For each "dangerous idea," he deals directly with critics' objections and exposes these as mostly ineffectual parries that don't pose much threat to the idea's standing. One example will suffice:

In the section titled "Not All Dead Men Stay Dead," Samples manages to give us (in just a few pages) an efficient treatment of the most important elements of the resurrection hypothesis--Jesus' empty tomb, his postmortem appearances, independent eyewitness testimony, extraordinary transformation of the apostles, conversion of skeptics James and Paul, and the emergence of the historic Christian church. Over against these validated historical facts, he outlines every significant alternative notion that has been offered to explain them. These include the likes of legend, fraud, wrong tomb, apparent death, hallucination, and twin brother theories. For each of these, Samples gives a clear description of the theory and specifies its fatal flaw. Through the power of abductive reasoning (on which Samples elaborates later in the book), Jesus' actual physical resurrection emerges as the best explanation of all the evidence. In this section's conclusion, Samples offers a comforting personal reflection on how Jesus' resurrection provides us with "dying grace" to face our own mortality--a priceless effect of this doctrine. The other six "dangerous ideas" are discussed and defended with similar competence.

To the faithful, I'd say grab hold of this book for a healthy helping of fortification for your faith. To the skeptic, I'd suggest you proceed with caution. Read at your own risk, for there's no adequate personal protective equipment for handling this truth-bearing product. And there's your MSDS!
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5.0 su 5 stelle I was DEAD WRONG. 30 settembre 2015
Di Andrew J. Laman - Pubblicato su
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I am currently taking a logic class from Kenneth Samples and this book was one of the required reading books for the course. At first I thought he was just trying to drive up sales on his book, but after reading the book I was DEAD WRONG. The substance of the book is awesome. Each one of the 7 truths he discusses sheds new light on topics I have already read else where about. I strongly recommend the book.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Thought-provoking and engaging. Excellent for small group studies. 12 agosto 2015
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Outstanding foundational book on essential Christian truths. The evidence and arguments are clearly presented, with the objective of determining the best explanation for what we know. This is a great book for Church small group studies and for individuals simply seeking truth.
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5.0 su 5 stelle So good 29 agosto 2013
Di Felicia Schatz - Pubblicato su
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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 the end of each seciton. So Good!
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