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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.