Embracing the grand evolutionary view that the sensory organs and cognitive faculties of human beings are the result of random and purposeless natural process raises an issue of trust regarding that which is observed. Does one’s observations and thoughts actually correspond to reality? As a matter of reasonable practice, a person doesn’t typically accept the idea that information, knowledge, and truth can come from a random, accidental source. How can such rational enterprises as logic, mathematics, and science be reasonably justified when the human brain and mind are the result of a non rational, mindless accident? Naturalism, in effect, purports that life, the mind, person hood, and reason came from a source that lacked each of these profound faculties and qualities. This would certainly be an effect much greater than its cause!
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 152
To reject the historicity of the Gospels a priori because they contain miracles violates logical and historical standards of reasoning. Since the Gospels are well established historically, the miracle stories they convey deserve serious historical consideration. The only way to know whether there is credibility to a miraculous claim is to investigate it. The cutting edge of science exploration has revealed a universe in which miracles are possible. To reject miracles based on a precommitment to the naturalistic worldview is to engage in circular reasoning.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1091
Not only were virtually all of the founding fathers of science devout Christians (including Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Boyle, and Pascal), but the Christian worldview provided a basis for modern science to emerge and flourish.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 2178
Cumulative Case for Christian Theism’s Explanatory Power
||The universe had a singular beginning (big bang cosmology); there was a beginning of time.
||Nature’s laws appear fine-tuned to allow for human life (anthropic principle); so do the universe’s content and systems (galaxy, stars, planets, etc.).
|Biology / Chemistry
||Life systems yield evidence of having been intelligently designed.
|Anthropology / Psychology
||Human beings are richly endowed intellectually but morally flawed.
||Humans possess consciousness and a capacity for intentionality and rational reflection.
||Mathematical theories correspond with physical reality.
||As abstract entities the laws of logic are universal, invariant, and independent of human conventions.
||Moral absolutes seem intuitively authentic, and moral relativism is self-defeating.
||Religion is a universal phenomenon, and religious experience seems intuitively real and consistent with biblical revelation.
||Credible historical reports corroborate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
||Human beings crave meaning, purpose, and immortality.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 3170
Evangelicals can greatly benefit from thinking “worldview-ishly.” Unfortunately, most do not. It appears as if the concept is largely either unknown or untried among most individual Christians.
The lack of appreciation for worldview-thinking negatively impacts doctrinal literacy, apologetic understanding, evangelistic fervor, and the living of a God-honoring life. Pollster George Barna’s survey in 2003 revealed discouraging news: “Only nine percent of born-again Christians hold a biblical worldview.” Barna further stated that “most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunity of life.” Continue reading
Profound theological and philosophical implications of the biblical doctrine for creation of something out of nothing set historic Christianity apart from alternative worldview perspectives. Fifteen points follow logically when the biblical doctrine of creation ex nihilo is affirmed as true: Continue reading
Examination of the following ten historical sources (outside the Bible) reveals information about the life of Jesus that conforms to, and even corroborates, the four New Testament Gospel accounts and also the book of Acts. Continue reading
Unfortunately, some people take the notion of equal toleration of religious expression to mean that all religions are equally true, thus equally valid paths to God. In effect, democracy has been applied to ultimate truth. This seemingly “politically correct” approach to religion, though popular, represents deeply convoluted thinking. The acceptance of social pluralism (tolerance of diverse religious expression) does not logically imply the truth of metaphysical pluralism (that all religious truth-claims are equally valid and simultaneously true).
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1809
Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr notes: “Islam is both a religion and a civilization, a historical reality that spans over fourteen centuries of human history.”
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 2835
Man’s distinguishing characteristic is that he bears the image of God. This natural image illustrates six distinct ways in which man differs from Earth’s other creatures. Human beings possess spiritual, personal, self-conscious, and rational components. Similar to God they are volitional, relational, immortal, and powerful—unlike any other creatures.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 1941