What Was Your Intellectual Epiphany?

Have you ever had a sudden realization that ended up changing your life? You may have had an epiphany, which can be defined as an intuitive flash of… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

My Early Baptism and Spiritual Development

When does God’s saving grace begin working in a person’s life? Is it at the moment the person decides to believe in Christ? Or can… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Does Possessing Freedom Presuppose the Will to Fight?

What do you think about when you hear the word war? … read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

3 Things You May Not Know about John Calvin the Person

French-born theologian John Calvin (1509–1564) was one of the great voices of the Protestant Reformation. He is often called the greatest… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Snapshot of Today’s Intellectual Climate

The extraordinary events of 2020 have left many people wondering if we are living in a new era. Times of change and conflict like this often provoke… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Does a Religion’s Rapid Growth Mean It’s True?

Many religions claim high growth rates that are not merely due to population increases. If a religion acquires a large number of followers, does that… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

How Does Islam Differ from Christianity?

According to Pew Research, if current trends continue then by 2050 there will be nine billion people living on the planet. Approximately three… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel?

What happens to people who never hear the gospel message about Jesus Christ? … read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

How the Trinity Shows God’s Love

Arguably one of the most important teachings in the Bible is the proclamation that “God is love,” which is found in verses like 1 John… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

My Soul Is Like a House

One of the things I like about the writings of the Christian church father St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430) is his rich use of analogies1 in… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Does Everyone Have Three Lives?

I’ve enjoyed watching police dramas since childhood. Some of my favorites from the distant past include Streets of San Francisco, Kojak, and… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Coronavirus Pandemic & the Problem of Evil

Before the current pandemic, I only really thought of viruses when I got my yearly flu shot. But in light of the significant suffering and death… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Reason, Emotion and Watching Star Trek during the Pandemic

Sheltering in during the pandemic has left me with more downtime than I’m used to. And watching too much news tends to increase my anxiety… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Historical Reflections on the Pandemic

Few things in life get your attention like the subject of infectious disease. And this is especially true of pandemics (“all people”… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

How to Distinguish between Science and Scientism

Science is truly one of the great intellectual enterprises that humankind has ever developed. But what exactly is science? Is it mainly a narrow… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

4 Philosophical Nuggets You Can Use

Can we learn much from brief philosophical statements? Regular readers of my blog know that I occasionally feature the segment Friday Philosophy,… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

1917: A Movie about Choices, Character, Courage

The historical conflict goes by a number of names: the Great War, the War to End All Wars, and later, World War I (1914–1918). Though World War… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

How to Appreciate Early Jesus Symbols

As someone who calls himself a “historic Christian,” I am very interested in learning as much as I can about the person of Jesus Christ.… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Learning from Christian Thinkers of the Past

How do Christians live out their faith in an age often critical of their distinctive beliefs and values? And how can they successfully communicate… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker Marvin Olasky

If you’re like me, you appreciate learning about and living by the wisdom of others. Many Christians, past and present, serve as examples for… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks


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