The imago Dei lays the foundation for the sacredness of human life. This image makes human life unrepeatable and worthy of reverence. All people—regardless of race, sex, class, age, standing, health, appearance, or other distinctions—deserve respect and dignified treatment as the crown of creation.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 1988
Divinely revealed truth may indeed move above reason, but never against reason, for God is the source and ground of rationality itself.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 1485
Christianity clearly and emphatically affirms social tolerance. But, when the American zeitgeist (spirit of the age) pressures evangelical Christians to adopt an intellectually tolerant, inclusivistic, and/or pluralistic view of truth, it is really asking Christians to betray the core convictions of their faith. How tolerant (respectful) is that?
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 2614
Basic moral intuitions such as “It is wrong to murder” or “It is right to be loving, truthful, courageous, and compassionate” testify to the truth of objective moral values. These values appear to stand as distinct from, and independent of, the human mind and will. In other words, they are discovered, not invented.
But what accounts for the existence of objective, universal, unchanging moral principles? What guarantees their validity? And what is their source and foundation? Continue reading
I place challenges before myself morally (for example, I want everybody who comes in contact with me to be able to trust my word implicitly), but how about intellectually? Where do I want to be in ten years? Who am I going to be in ten years? A lot of people have financial goals. A lot of people want to be living at a certain level of affluence after ten years. But we’re (Christians) people of the book, and the reason why we have a heritage of reading is because we are made in the image of God. And by the way, you’re going to take this knowledge with you into the next world. That adds a whole new dynamic to it—if we’re going to do that.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from The Pursuit of Wisdom at 8:09
Christianity teaches respect for human personhood, individual volition, and personal moral responsibility. This respect, however, leaves room for appropriate use of persuasion to convince others of truth, especially the ultimate truth of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of mankind.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 2580
In a state of rebellion, individuals suffer from a totally depraved nature that keeps them alienated from a holy and just God. This depravity, while not making man completely evil, nevertheless corrupts his entire being including his mind, will, body, and spirit. But to what extent does this condition affect the imago Dei? Did sin completely erase God’s image from humankind?
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from A World of Difference, kindle location 1961
Belief in the God of Christian theism explains well the vast array of realities in human experience. These realities extend to the universe (its existence, order, and uniformity), abstract entities (numbers, propositions, and the laws of logic), ethical principles (universal and objective moral values), human beings (their existence, consciousness, and rationality), and religious phenomena (the miraculous events of Christianity). Continue reading
One of Christian theism’s greatest strengths is the scope of its explanatory power. The historic Christian viewpoint accounts for the array of realities in nature and in human experience, including: Continue reading
As the crown of God’s creation mankind uniquely displays the image of God by his rational capacities, moral volition, relational distinctives, unique spiritual qualities, and dominion over nature. As the only creature made in the image and likeness of God, humans reflect the splendor of their Maker, yet in finite expression.
— Kenneth Richard Samples, from Without a Doubt, kindle location 401