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A Sample of Samples 201501

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This presentation will provide a summary and recommended overview for work by Ken Samples, an RTB scholar. The purpose of the presentation is to provide the major points from four books by Ken Samples, and encourage everyone to read the books on your own.

These four books with links to the RTB website are:
7 truths that changed the world: discovering Christianity's most dangerous ideas
A world of difference: putting the Christian truth-claims to the worldview test
Lights in the sky & little green men: a rational Christian look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials
Without a doubt: answering the 20 toughest faith questions

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A Sample of Samples 201501

  1. 1. A “Sample” of Samples Mark Tabladillo Ph.D. RTB Chapter Officer: Atlanta, GA January 29, 2014
  2. 2. Networking
  3. 3. Mark Tab Believer since 1985 Member @ North Point Community Church Perspectives on the World Christian Movement RTB Ratio Christi
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  5. 5. American Philosopher What does it look like to engage American ideas
  6. 6. Outline Background Five RTB Books Two Books from the CRI Season Resources
  7. 7. Background
  8. 8. Online Bio Kenneth R. Samples Senior research scholar, Reasons to Believe 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 an RTB scholar I have a great passion to help people understand and see the truth and relevance of Christianity's truth-claims. My writings and lectures at RTB 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."
  9. 9. Ken Samples Q&A 1) Born in what state? 2) Father served in what war? 3) First religion? 4) Second religion? 5) Third religion? 6) Death job? West Virginia World War II Seventh-Day Adventist Roman Catholic Reformed (http://christreformedinfo.org/) Cemetery digger
  10. 10. Ken Samples Q&A 7) Favorite “trinity” before conversion 8) Played what minor league sport? 9) First apologist he worked for? 10) CRI expert for what? 11) Favorite Hymn? 12) Married a woman who would have been…? Beatles, Lakers, Dodgers Baseball Walter Martin (CRI) 7th Day Adventism; Catholicism A Mighty Fortress is Our God A nun (Joan) [FYI: three children are Sarah, Jacqueline, Michael]
  11. 11. Top 5 Thinking Movies for 2015 (for adults) To End All Wars (2001) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Restless Heart (2013) Dead Poets’ Society (1989) 12 Angry Men (1957)
  12. 12. Five RTB Books Author or Coauthor
  13. 13. Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover
  14. 14. Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men (2002) A Rational Christian Look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials
  15. 15. Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men Message: About UFOs, in context of life in the universe US Government advanced physics UFO groups Bible Fine-tuning parameters and probabilities Audience: People wanting a framework for understanding UFOs People wanting a framework for how scientists have investigated UFOs People wanting an explanation of UFOs from the Christian worldview Level: Beginner
  16. 16. Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: Chapters 1. The UFO Craze 2. Types of UFOs – classification systems 3. Life on Other Planets – habitable planet classification 4. Evolution’s Probabilities – ending with directed panspermia 5. Interstellar Space Travel – what are the challenges 6. RUFO’s – the Unexplained UFOs – evidence against constant observers 7. Government Cover-ups: Roswell NM, Air Force’s Project Blue Book, Area 51 8. Government Conspiracies: ever leaked?
  17. 17. 2014 Article http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl e-2573193/Flying-saucer-focus-seagull- taking-poo-Slides-Snowdens-latest- leak-fake-UFO-images-used- deliberately-spread-misinformation- online-claims-expert.html
  18. 18. Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: Chapters 9. Nature and Supernature (beyond nature): Fine-Tuning and the Anthropic Principle 10. The Interdimensional Hypothesis 11. A Closer Look at RUFOs: (1M/year UFO, 100K/year RUFO). Invitations to demonic attacks: séances, Ouija games, astrology, spiritualism, witchcraft, palm reading, psychic reading, fortune telling 12. Abductees: why people can be irrational 13. Contactees: regular relationship 14. UFO Cults: Worldview Test (9 points) 15. The Bible and UFOs: 7 points to return to God 16. Summary: Proverbs 3:5-6
  19. 19. Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: Conclusion (1/2) The biblical worldview is much more satisfying. It leaves open the possibility that God could have created life elsewhere in the universe, but it also suggests that there is no reason for Him to have done so. The Bible warns of the danger of occult practices, such as those associated with UFOs, and from the Bible one learns how to find protection from the evil spirits who are causing RUFO encounters. The Bible encourages a pursuit of the truth in this area as in all others. Ross, H., Samples, K., & Clark, M. (2002). Lights in the sky & little green men: a rational Christian look at UFOs and extraterrestrials (p. 169). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
  20. 20. Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: Conclusion (2/2) The truth about UFOs can be known. Indeed, the UFO mystery is a mystery solved. Earth is not being visited by aliens from another planet, but some people are being visited by spirit beings who want everyone to think they are aliens from another planet. By trusting the revelation given by the greatest transdimensional Being of them all, people need never wonder about UFOs again. When people put their lives in the hands of this Cause of human existence, this God who loves every person, the fear of UFO demons and what they can do evaporates. Ross, H., Samples, K., & Clark, M. (2002). Lights in the sky & little green men: a rational Christian look at UFOs and extraterrestrials (p. 169). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress.
  21. 21. A World of Difference (2004) Putting Christian Truth Claims to the Worldview Test
  22. 22. A World of Difference (2007) Message: Developing a Worldview Perspective (4 chapters) Exploring the Christian Worldview (7 chapters) Evaluating Worldview Competitors (5 chapters) Worldview charts Audience: People wanting a foundation on worldview People wanting a systematic examination of major competing worldviews Level: Intermediate
  23. 23. A World of Difference: Chapters 1. Shades of Reality: 12 big questions of life, 6 components of a worldview 2. Testable Truth: 9 tests for a worldview 3. Logic 101 and Christian Truth-Claims: Primer on logic; deductive, inductive, abductive 4. Straight Thinking: 10 ways to avoid fallacious reasoning
  24. 24. A World of Difference: Chapters 5. A Christian’s View of Truth (7 pts), Knowledge (6 pts), and History (6 pts) 6. A Soldier’s Creed: Apostles’ Creed 7. God’s Written Word – Scripture: Chicago Statement, Sola Scriptura 8. The Historic Christian View of God: Trinity, Attributes of God 9. God’s World – Creation and Providence: Reformed View 10. The Historic Christian View of Man: Imago Dei, difference from animals 11. The Historic Christian View of Moral Values: 5 points on ethics, sovereignty
  25. 25. A World of Difference: Chapters 12. Naturalism: A Secular Worldview Challenge – with Test Scores 13. Postmodernism: A Skeptical Worldview Perspective – with Test Scores 14. Pantheistic Monism: An Eastern Mystical Viewpoint – with Test Scores 15. Islam: A Radical Monotheistic Challenge – with Test Scores 16. Testing the Christian Theistic Worldview – leaning on Augustine
  26. 26. Natural Theology Revealed Theology for whenever there is a conflict between an interpretation of the Bible and a current understanding of God’s general revelation, priority should generally be given to the interpretation that is more certain Geisler, N. L. (2002). Systematic theology, volume one: introduction, Bible (p. 77). Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers. Therefore, in showing Christianity to be true, it is the role of argument and evidence to show that the central tenets of the Christian worldview are true. And it is the role of the Holy Spirit to use these arguments, as we lovingly present them, to bring people to Christ. Craig, William Lane (2008- 06-09). Reasonable Faith (3rd edition): Christian Truth and Apologetics (p. 58). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
  27. 27. Without a Doubt (2004) Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions
  28. 28. Without a Doubt Message: Thinking through questions about faith in God (6 chapters) Thinking through questions about faith in Jesus Christ (5 chapters) Thinking through objections to the Christian faith (9 chapters) Audience: People asking 20 important life questions Level: Intermediate
  29. 29. Without a Doubt: Chapters 1. How can anyone know that God exists? 9 points 2. How can I believe in a God that I can’t see? 5 points 3. How has God revealed himself? General revelation and Special Revelation 4. Aren’t the Creeds a thing of the past? 4 points 5. How can God be three and one? 10 points; 5 propositions; 4 strands 6. Why should I gamble on faith? 12 points on Pascal’s Wager
  30. 30. Without a Doubt: Chapters 7. Are the gospels trustworthy accounts of Jesus’ life? 6 points on historical reliability; 6 points on factual 8. Is Jesus a Man, Myth, Madman, Menace, Mystic, Martian or the Messiah? 4 ways Jesus Claimed to be God; 7 alternatives 9. How can Jesus Christ be both God and man? Lots of lists 10. Did Jesus Christ actually rise from the dead? Lots of lists 11. Why did Jesus Christ have to die? All about sin, and then Jesus Christ
  31. 31. Without a Doubt: Chapters 12. Don’t all religions lead to God? Response to metaphysical pluralism 13. How should Christians respond to the world’s religions? 10 points on biblical perspective 14. Aren’t Christianity and Science enemies? 10 preconditions for science 15. Doesn’t hypocrisy invalidate Christianity? Debunk 2 misconceptions 16. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own body? Abortion, sexuality, euthanasia 17. Doesn’t Christianity promote intolerance? 5 responses 18. Isn’t morality simply in the eye of the beholder? Points in support of ethical and moral absolutes 19. How can a good and all-powerful God allow evil? Logical response points 20. How should a Christian prepare to give reasons for faith? Three points
  32. 32. Preparing for Apologetic Engagement Cultivate the life of the mind to the glory of God Offer thoughtful and winsome answers to people’s questions Focus study on the best sources for consistent, truthful and solidly biblical answers
  33. 33. 7 Truths that Changed the World (2012) Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas
  34. 34. 7 Truths that Changed the World Message: Seven truths: two chapters each Five rules; dying; group questions Audience: People wanting a robust framework in Christian apologetics Christians who want to learn how the Christian worldview is different from others Level: Intermediate
  35. 35. 7 Truths that Changed the World: Chapters Dangerous Idea 1: Not All Dead Men Stay Dead 1. Easter Hope – 7 evidences in support of the resurrection 2. Objections Examined – 8 naturalistic theories examined Dangerous Idea 2: God Walked the Earth 3. Religious Pluralism (3 points) and God in the Flesh (4 points) 4. Explanations for Christ’s Life (7 rational options) Dangerous Idea 3: A Fine-Tuned Cosmos with a Beginning 5. Cosmology and Creation out of Nothing (3 philosophical positions) 6. Divine Providence and the Emergence of Science (12 points)
  36. 36. 7 Truths that Changed the World: Chapters Dangerous Idea 4: Clear Pointers to God 7. The Explanatory Power of Atheism versus Christian Theism (6 points) 8. More Signposts to the Almighty (6 points) Dangerous Idea 5: Not by Works 9. Moral Goodness and the Human Condition (6 questions on sin) 10. God to the Rescue (7 points on atonement) Dangerous Idea 6: Humanity’s Value and Dignity 11. Secular Humanism and the Imago Dei (4 points) 12. How Human Beings Differ (from animals: 7 points)
  37. 37. 7 Truths that Changed the World: Chapters Dangerous Idea 7: The Good in Suffering 13. Squaring Evil with God’s Goodness – precise logic 14. God’s Good Purposes for Evil and Suffering
  38. 38. 7 Evidences in Support of the Resurrection 1. Jesus's empty tomb 2. Jesus's postmortem appearance 3. Short time frame between actual events and eyewitness claims 4. Extraordinary transformation of the Apostles 5. The greatest conversion in history (Paul) 6. Emergence of the historic Christian Church 7. Emergence of Sunday as a day of worship
  39. 39. 8 Common Objections 1. Legend Theory: Resurrection of Jesus legend or myth? 2. Fraud Theory: Someone stole the body. 3. Wrong Tomb Theory: The women were mistaken. 4. Relocated - Second Burial Theory: Jesus's body was moved. 5. Apparent Death Theory: Jesus wasn't really dead. 6. Hallucination Theory: Jesus's followers suffered from hallucinations. 7. Twin Brother Theory: Jesus had an identical twin. 8. Disembodied Visions Theory: Jesus appeared to the Apostles in a non physical way.
  40. 40. Christians’ Assurance in Confronting Evil and Suffering 1. Believers need to know that they never suffer alone 2. God calls all his children to live with faith 3. Evil and suffering are not merely a logical or philosophical problem
  41. 41. Resources
  42. 42. MarkTab Recommends Speed Reading: Use your own books
  43. 43. http://reasons.org
  44. 44. RTB Biographies Online If you'd like to learn more about Ken Samples or the other RTB scholars, MP4 files of the biographies of Ross, Samples, Rana, and Zweerink are available from the following link: http://1drv.ms/1IwCiic Listen to them on your favorite MP4 player. The four folders do not have the team names on them -- the titles are from the original CDs, and will be a fun quiz to guess who's who. These interviews may be elsewhere on the RTB site or iTunes, but they are provided here for convenience.
  45. 45. Abstract This presentation will provide a summary and recommended overview for work by Ken Samples, an RTB scholar. The purpose of the presentation is to provide the major points from four books by Ken Samples, and encourage everyone to read the books on your own. These four books with links to the RTB website are: 7 truths that changed the world: discovering Christianity's most dangerous ideas A world of difference: putting the Christian truth-claims to the worldview test Lights in the sky & little green men: a rational Christian look at UFOs and Extraterrestrials Without a doubt: answering the 20 toughest faith questions Please ook up these books using the provided links or on Bing or Amazon to familiarize yourself about what they are about, and feel free to bring some written questions. The presentation slides will be available after the event.

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