Does Original Sin Explain the Human Condition?

Skeptics of the Christian faith often say that the Bible is filled with contradictions and errors. Therefore, it cannot be trusted as a source of… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Holding the Line against the Tide

Religion and science are two of the most powerful forces active in the world today. But has the scientific enterprise somehow rendered belief in God… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

What Book Changed Your Life?

Have you ever read a book that was so dynamic that it changed the direction of your life? For most Christians that book would certainly be the Bible.… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Explaining Pagan Gods and Human Idolatry

People were created to be worshippers. That’s one way of defining the image of God in human beings. Humans are also fallen worshippers. Thus,… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Christianity’s Central Focus: Incarnation or Atonement?

Christmas or Good Friday? Which of these days on the historic Christian calendar holds greater importance for Christians? Should the central focus of… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

God Shouted in My Pain

One very sad event in my life shaped me as a young adult. Here’s why I’m sharing it with you. … read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Are Religious Experiences Evidence for God?

Have you ever had a deep spiritual encounter? One that changed your life? … read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

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


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