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The ideas behind Christianity are more than thoughts or abstractions---they're powerful truths that can change the world for good! Addressing the volatile ideas that challenge the cultural and religious status quo, Samples offers a biblical, historical, and philosophical exploration of the resurrection, incarnation, creation ex nihilo, compatibility of faith and reason, justification by grace, and more. 256 pages, softcover from Baker.
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
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 in Southern California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.