Monergism Review of A World of Difference by Kenneth Richard Samples
How Good Can It Be?
A World of Difference covers a wide variety of topics. The result is that some of the topics can only receive a superficial treatment. However, even superficial is better than none (which is the case with most bos on worldviews). The reader must not forget that the work is predominantly â€œevidentialâ€ in its apologetical approach. Yet, one should not think that this detracts from the bookâ€™s usefulness. The work contains some impressive sections, notably, the introductory course on logic; this section will greatly help first time readers on apologetics and should be read by all those who know nothing about logic. Overall A World of Difference is â€œbetterâ€ and â€œdeeperâ€ than your standard â€œevidentialâ€ textbook. It would serve as a great â€œfirst acquaintanceâ€ or solid â€œprimerâ€ on apologetics. The writing is easy to understand and the format makes sifting through the topics effortless. Even the most novice reader will not struggle with the explanations. In the grand scheme of things, it is the most â€œexhaustiveâ€ book on the concept of worldview that I have seen. Compared with other books on worldviews, Samples gives the reader more to think about because he covers more ground. Racking my brain, I canâ€™t think of another work that is comparable.
An example of topics addressed include: A definition of the concept of worldview, Discerning truth, Logic 101 (which includes details about fallacies), A Christian perspective on History, Concepts of creeds, A partial exposition of the Apostles Creed, A Defense of Godâ€™s written Word, A defense of the concept of Sola Scriptura (including what it does not mean), Theological notes on the Christian view of God and how God relates to the concept of Worldview, Plenty of charts to assist with comprehension, The doctrine of Creation, An exposition on Providence, The Christian view of man, The Christian view of Moral Values and a critical examination of the most predominate anti-Christian Worldviews including charts in the Appendix.
After reading the work it is clear that Samples intended to ground his readers in the truth, rather than explain the faulty beliefs of other systems. By using this approach he helps the Christian to understand what is false by learning to think in terms of what is true. Essentially, because we know what is true it will make â€œevidentâ€ that which is false. With this I am in full agreement. Study the real picture and you will recognize the discrepancies in those that are false. In the end, I would go so far as to say that a skilled apologist (Presuppositional or Evidential) will find many resources in this book and a beginner will be greatly helped by it. I recommend it simply because it gathers so much apologetical information in one place. Labeled, a very useful resource on apologetics. Reviewed by Monergism.com's B. K. Campbell.
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