You often hear atheists like Richard Dawkins claim that not only is religion for the ignorant, but that it is actually dangerous. Perhaps they are partially correct and that Christianity, in particular, has dangerous ideas? Could it be that Christianity and its radical ideas have made a huge, positive impact on the world? In the new book, 7 Truths That Changed the World, Discovering Christianity's Most Dangerous Ideas, Ken Samples puts forth the case that Christianity has made the biggest impact on the world of any movement in history!
So what is so radical and dangerous about Christianity's claims? They are radical in the sense that they upset the status quo and threaten accepted, competing beliefs. They are dangerous in that they have implications for how all people live their lives, and how they view themselves and the world around them.
What are some of these dangerous ideas? The book addresses 7 different ones:
- The Resurrection of Jesus
- God became a Man
- Creation from True Nothing
- The Existence of God
- Salvation by Grace, not Good Works
- Humans are created in the Image of God and yet are sinful
- There are reasons for pain and suffering
This book builds upon a foundation established in a couple of Samples' previous works, A World of Difference and Without a Doubt. In this new book, like the others, he makes his case using abductive reasoning to the best explanation. He logically builds the case for Christianity by using multiple lines of evidence and sets forth a weighty cumulative argument for the truth claims of Christ. As usual, the book is very well researched, referenced, and indexed which makes it a valuable tool.
I very much enjoyed reading this book and I got a lot out of it. It is written in a manner that should be accessible to readers from a variety of backgrounds. I would encourage even those who are skeptical of the claims of Christianity to at least pick up the book and give themselves a chance to be challenged. It is possible that a fair-minded seeker of the truth may find something to shake up their worldview.
I'll end with a quote from another of my favorite books, which Samples uses to introduce the book:
"Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
This was said about Aslan, the lion, in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first of the Chronicles of Narnia. Christianity's Jesus may not be safe, but he and his followers have impacted the world for good and continue to do so.