Kenneth Richard Samples is a senior research scholar with Reasons To Believe, the premier science-faith integration ministry. An adjunct instructor of apologetics at Biola University, Samples is the author of Without a Doubt, A World of Difference, and 7 Truths That Changed the World. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.
God among Sages: Why Jesus Is Not Just Another Religious Leaderby Kenneth Richard Samples
In God among Sages, apologist Ken Samples offers readers a biblical and historical portrait of Jesus, grounded in the claims Jesus makes about himself. Then Samples compares and contrasts Jesus with Buddha, Krishna, Confucius,/i>
Was Jesus just a spiritual leader, like Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad? Or is he something more--something else entirely?
In God among Sages, apologist Ken Samples offers readers a biblical and historical portrait of Jesus, grounded in the claims Jesus makes about himself. Then Samples compares and contrasts Jesus with Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, and Muhammad using eight relevant categories of evaluation. He also helps readers understand the competing philosophies of religious pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism. The result is a clearer understanding of what sets Jesus apart as not simply a teacher to follow but God himself, worthy of our full allegiance and worship.
Christians who struggle to answer claims that Jesus was just a good teacher, as well as those haven't quite made up their minds about Jesus's claims to divinity, will value this accessible introduction to comparative religions.
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Drawing upon years of experience in Christian apologetics, first with the Christian Research Institute and in recent years with Reasons To Believe, Ken Samples has written an outstanding work on the nature and uniqueness of Christ. The book functions not only as a primer for Christians who want to broaden and deepen their understanding of who and what Jesus was (and is), but it also provides a thoughtful and instructive comparison and contrast between Christ and other renowned spiritual and philosophical sages including Krishna, Gautama Buddha, Confucius and Muhammad. Part 1 is essentially a study of Christology -- the character, nature, and mission of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, including much valuable information on why we can trust the New Testament accounts of his life and message. Part 2, which comprises most of the book, offers insightful portraits of the four aforementioned sages, with valuable historical (or in many cases, mythological) information on their lives and teachings that any reader will find beneficial. While scrupulously fair and careful not to unduly disparage any of these renowned savants, the author manages to draw a sharp contrast between each of them and the incarnate Son of God who proclaimed himself to be “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (ref. John 14:6). The author’s focused and succinct style makes "God Among the Sages" substantive, digestible, and enjoyable to read. Highly recommended!