Kenneth R. Samples

Senior Research Scholar

I believe deeply that “all truth is God’s truth.” That historic affirmation means that when we discover and grasp truth in the world and in life we move closer to its divine Author. This approach relies on the Christian idea of God’s two revelatory books—the metaphorical book of nature and the literal book of Scripture.

As a scholar at Reasons to Believe, I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity’s truth-claims. My writings and lectures focus on showing how the great doctrinal truths of the faith (the Trinity, the incarnation, the atonement, creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason. This approach reflects the historic Christian apologetics statement, “faith seeking understanding.”

I work to help myself and others fulfill Peter’s words in 2 Peter 3:18: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.”

As an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity’s truth-claims.

Biography

Philosopher and theologian Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe, an organization that researches and communicates how God’s revelation in the Bible harmonizes with science and philosophy.

Kenneth earned a BA in social science with an emphasis in history and philosophy from Concordia University and an MA in theological studies from Talbot School of Theology. Prior to joining RTB in 1997, Kenneth worked for seven years as senior research consultant and correspondence editor at Christian Research Institute, where he regularly cohosted The Bible Answer Man, a popular call-in radio program founded by renowned apologist Dr. Walter Martin. In addition, Kenneth’s articles have been published in Christianity Today, Christian Research Journal, and Facts for Faith, and he holds memberships in the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the International Society of Christian Apologetics.

An intellectual even at a young age, Kenneth’s journey to faith in Christ began in earnest during his teenage years as he wrestled with a deep sense of longing and restlessness. His older brother’s suicide spurred his efforts to seek answers to life’s “big questions.” Eventually, he began reading the Bible and attending church, but it was his sister’s gift of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis that helped Kenneth to truly understand the Christian Gospel and to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From then on, he pursued an intellectually satisfying and deeply personal faith.

Today, Kenneth focuses on demonstrating the unique compatibility of Christianity’s great doctrinal truths with reason and logic. He is the author of several books, including Christianity Cross-Examined, Classic Christian Thinkers, and God among Sages. He leads RTB’s Straight Thinking podcast and also writes Reflections, a weekly blog dedicated to exploring the Christian worldview. Kenneth has spoken at universities and churches around the world on such topics as religion and worldview, the identity of Jesus, and Christian apologetics. He has also made guest appearances on programs such as FOX News, Issues Etc., and Stand to Reason.

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Biography

Philosopher and theologian Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe, an organization that researches and communicates how God’s revelation in the Bible harmonizes with science and philosophy.

Kenneth earned a BA in social science with an emphasis in history and philosophy from Concordia University and an MA in theological studies from Talbot School of Theology. Prior to joining RTB in 1997, Kenneth worked for seven years as senior research consultant and correspondence editor at Christian Research Institute, where he regularly cohosted The Bible Answer Man, a popular call-in radio program founded by renowned apologist Dr. Walter Martin. In addition, Kenneth’s articles have been published in Christianity Today, Christian Research Journal, and Facts for Faith, and he holds memberships in the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the International Society of Christian Apologetics.

An intellectual even at a young age, Kenneth’s journey to faith in Christ began in earnest during his teenage years as he wrestled with a deep sense of longing and restlessness. His older brother’s suicide spurred his efforts to seek answers to life’s “big questions.” Eventually, he began reading the Bible and attending church, but it was his sister’s gift of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis that helped Kenneth to truly understand the Christian Gospel and to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From then on, he pursued an intellectually satisfying and deeply personal faith.

Today, Kenneth focuses on demonstrating the unique compatibility of Christianity’s great doctrinal truths with reason and logic. He is the author of several books, including Christianity Cross-Examined, Classic Christian Thinkers, and God among Sages. He leads RTB’s Straight Thinking podcast and also writes Reflections, a weekly blog dedicated to exploring the Christian worldview. Kenneth has spoken at universities and churches around the world on such topics as religion and worldview, the identity of Jesus, and Christian apologetics. He has also made guest appearances on programs such as FOX News, Issues Etc., and Stand to Reason.

Upcoming Events

See events with Kenneth Samples and the Reasons to Believe Scholar Team here.

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