Kenneth Samples began voraciously studying Christian

philosophy and theology when his thirst for purpose found relief in the

Bible. He earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and social

science from Concordia University and his MA in theological studies from

Talbot School of Theology. For seven years, Kenneth worked as Senior

Research Consultant and Correspondence Editor at the Christian Research

Institute (CRI) and regularly cohosted the popular call-in radio

program, The Bible Answer Man, with Dr. Walter Martin.

As a youth, Kenneth wrestled with “unsettling feelings of

meaninglessness and boredom,” driving him to seek answers to life’s big

questions. An encounter with Christian philosophy in Mere Christianity

by C. S. Lewis led Kenneth to examine the New Testament and “finally

believe that Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God, the Lord and Savior

of the world.” From then on, he pursued an intellectually satisfying


Today, as senior research scholar at Reasons To Believe (RTB),

Kenneth uses what he’s learned to help others find the answers to life’s

questions. He encourages believers to develop a logically defensible

faith and challenges skeptics to engage Christianity at a philosophical

level. He is the author of Without a Doubt and A World of Difference, and has contributed to numerous other books, including: Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men, The Cult of the Virgin, and Prophets of the Apocalypse. He has written articles for Christianity Today and The Christian Research Journal, and regularly participates in RTB’s podcasts, including Straight Thinking,

a podcast dedicated to encouraging Christians to utilize sound

reasoning in their apologetics. He also writes for the ministry’s daily

blog, Today’s New Reason to Believe.

An avid speaker and debater, Kenneth has appeared on numerous radio programs such as Voice America Radio, Newsmakers, The Frank Pastore Show, Stand to Reason, White Horse Inn, Talk New York, and Issues Etc,

as well as participated in debates and dialogues on topics relating to

Christian doctrine and apologetics. He currently lectures for the Master

of Arts program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. Kenneth

also teaches adult classes at Christ Reformed Church in Southern


Over the years Kenneth has held memberships in the American

Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the

Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Press Association.

The son of a decorated World War II veteran, Kenneth is an

enthusiastic student of American history, particularly the Civil War and

WWII. His favorite Christian thinkers include Athanasius, Augustine,

Pascal, and C. S. Lewis. He greatly enjoys the music of the Beatles and

is a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan. Kenneth lives in Southern

California with his wife, Joan, and their three children.