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What Kind of World Is Needed for Science to Work?

Advancements in science, technology, and medicine over the last century or so have benefitted virtually all people. Scientific progress has… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

3 Things You May Not Know about St. Augustine the Writer

Augustine of Hippo (354–430) was born in North Africa to a pagan father and a Christian mother. Following a youth and an early career steeped… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Blaise Pascal on the Human Condition

Poets, playwrights, philosophers, and psychologists all take their turns offering insights on the “human condition.” They seek to explain… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Wednesday Wisdom from Thinker E. D. Hirsch

On my Facebook and Twitter pages I have a weekly segment called Wednesday Wisdom, where I provide quotes from great thinkers in various fields. One… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Three Goals in a Christian Apologetics Encounter

Recently someone asked me how you can know if you have had a successful apologetics encounter. My immediate answer was that defending the faith… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Worshippers by Nature

Virtually every human being seeks to find an overarching purpose in life. As part of this common pursuit, people naturally attach themselves to… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Five Greek Words and Apologetics Persuasion

What role does persuasion play in communicating Christian truth to people? … read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

St. Augustine on Three Aspects of Creation

Science-minded people today may find it surprising to learn that a person who lived 1,600 years ago offers sensible insights on creation, but such is… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Voted the Best Christian Book of All Time

What is the best Christian book of all time? (Outside of the Bible, of course.) And how could something as grand as that claim ever be determined?… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

A Memorial to Christian Thinker Norman Geisler

One of the central thinkers of modern American evangelicalism, Norman L. Geisler (1932–2019), died recently. He was a Christian philosopher,… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

Life is full of big questions. And one of the most common is this: Does the universe have a purpose? … read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Why Would God Save Us?

Answering people’s questions is an important task in the apologetics enterprise. But defending the Christian faith often involves first… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 3

Can quantum science, the laws of logic, and the Christian faith coexist? Yes, they can. In fact, Christian thinkers have historically made many… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 2

Do the experimental results of the incredibly small and unusual quantum world undermine our traditional understanding of reason and the laws of… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Quantum Mechanics and the Laws of Logic, Part 1

Having worked at science-faith apologetics organization Reasons to Believe for more than 20 years, I’ve observed that scientists and… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

A Christian Perspective on Pagan and Secular Belief Systems

How are Christians to view systems of thought that are rooted in pagan or secular beliefs? Are non-Christian belief systems so filled with error that… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Family Traits of Secular Naturalism, Part 2

In part 1 of this two-part series I noted that for Christians to effectively engage secularists in meaningful discussion, it is vital to understand… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Thoughts on the Movie, Tolkien

British thinker and writer J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien (1892–1973) is one of the most beloved fantasy authors ever. As author of The… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

Family Traits of Secular Naturalism, Part 1

Belief systems, like family members, often share recognizable features or traits. In that sense one can determine what a belief system is about by… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

How to Address Christian Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy among Christians is a serious issue. At minimum, it’s a huge turnoff for believers and unbelievers alike. In situations where people… read more
Kenneth R. Samples Science and Faith Building Blocks

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