My Story

As a philosopher and theologian, I have a great passion to help people understand the reasonableness and relevance of Christianity’s truth claims. Through my writing and speaking as senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe (RTB), I strive to encourage believers to develop a logically defensible faith and challenge skeptics to engage Christianity at a philosophical worldview level.

My journey to faith in Christ began in my teenage years when I wrestled with a deep sense of emptiness and restlessness. My older brother’s suicide spurred my earnest efforts to seek answers to life’s “big questions.” Eventually, I began reading the Bible and attending church—but it was my sister’s gift of Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis that led me to truly understand the Christian Gospel and to finally believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Savior of the world. From then on, I pursued an intellectually satisfying and a deeply personal faith.

In my work at RTB, I focus on showing how Christianity’s great doctrinal truths (the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Atonement, etc.) are uniquely compatible with reason.


7 Truths That Changed the World: explores some of Christianity’s most transformational ideas and offers a biblical, historical, and philosophical look at how the world changed when Christ and his followers came on the scene.

A World of Difference: tests the validity of five major worldviews—Christianity, naturalism, Islam, postmodernism, and the pantheistic monism of Eastern religions.

Christian Endgame: tackles the controversial topic of endtimes and provides solid biblical teaching about future events, especially on those beliefs shared by Christians throughout the ages, no matter what their denominational perspective.

Without a Doubt: provides clear, solid answers to 20 of the toughest questions about the Christian faith.

Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: search for truth to answers about extraterrestrial life from a Christian perspective (coauthored with astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross and national security expert Dr. Mark Clark).


My weekly podcast, Straight Thinking, is dedicated to encouraging Christians to utilize sound reasoning in their apologetics. Subscription to Straight Thinking is available for free through RTB’s web site, as well as iTunes. You can also hear me and my fellow RTB scholars offer unscripted answers to listener questions on the I Didn’t Know That! podcast.

An avid speaker and debater, I have 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. I’ve also lectured on Christian apologetics and thinking at a number of churches and universities, including:

  • Willow Creek Community Church
  • Houston Second Baptist Church
  • Fullerton Evangelical Free Church
  • Christ’s Church of the Valley
  • Northshore Christian Church
  • Calvary Chapel, Murrieta
  • Texas A&M University
  • Biola University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Regent College
  • St. John’s College
  • Legana Christian Church, Australia
  • Christian Neuroscience Society

If you’re interested in booking me to speak at your event, please contact Ken Hultgren at events@reasons.org or by calling (626) 335-1480 ext. 167, or go to reasons.org/whats-new/events and fill out the online request form. To schedule an interview, please email publicity@reasons.org.


I currently lecture for the Master of Arts program in Christian Apologetics at Biola University.

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  1. January 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Ken,

    Will read your blog with interest. I have put a link to your blog on “Faith Interface” and hope you will consider responding in kind.

    Roger Morris
    Queensland, Aus.

  2. Gary Kurtz
    January 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Hello Ken:

    Looking forward to your blogs! Your books have helped me to worship God with my whole mind.

  3. January 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Looking forward to some great content. But I can’t find the RSS feed link. Have your wordpress website administrator add the RSS link widget to your sidebar please.

  4. Dan Oyengo
    January 28, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Notify me of site updates via email…

  5. February 1, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Can I please post your 100 Academic Commandments on my websites for my students and parents? I will post it as -is with the link back to your site.

    I’m seeing far too many smart, talented students falling behind in life and accepting not just mediocrity, but apathy to the point of indolence. And I am not in an “inner city” situation by any means. We have a number of brilliant students, but sitting in the next desk or chair may be a student who never does homework and will accept any grade just above the level of “no one’s yelling at me.”

    After 30 years, I can tell you that apathy towards excellence is still a gr0wing trend. (Starting right after 1963, boosted in 1968, 1973 and the 80’s. Brief trends upwards with techno-geek movement.)

    Your post below captures a major factor in this apathy:

    “In a profound sense we are what we think.

    The Christian worldview highly values logic and rationality, which find their source in God. As the only creatures made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26–27), human beings possess superior intellectual faculties. Humans alone read and think. They pursue, discover, and reflect upon the truths of logic, mathematics, science, philosophy, religion, and the arts. Only human beings develop a comprehensive world-and-life view and philosophize about whether their belief systems best match reality.”

    Academia abandoned the above in the 19th century, and public schools after
    Abington School District v. Schempp. When you remove “reality” from education, of what value is it?

    Thank you for your work with RTB! I’ve been with you guys for a long time!


  6. February 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I am looking forward in hearing you speak at Texas A&M University in a few weeks. I am getting my wife and friends from my church to come to both nights.


  7. razorswift
    August 13, 2011 at 1:10 am

    I really enjoy you podcasts, I have listened to every one of them. Keep up the good work!

  8. linda sadler
    September 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm


    • September 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm


      Let me encourage you to pursue the link below where my colleague Rob Bowman marshals hundreds of biblical verses in support of the historic Christian doctrine of the Trinity.


      Kenneth Samples

    • Keith
      April 6, 2017 at 9:17 pm

      Also, see the Scriptures,
      1-Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father.
      2-Jesus told His Disciples, “Go ye into all the world, baptizing in the name [Note: SINGULAR, NOT PLURAL] of the father, son & Holy Ghost.” Look at every time those Disciples from that commandment in the New Testament then did everything single time: Did they baptize in the names [pural] of the Titles? No! They baptized in that only one name by which man may be saved: Jesus Christ, never titles.
      3-But the abovementioned Old Testament Scripture shows that son who we would be given should be known as both “the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father”.
      4-Go back to when Trinitarianism, when there was a major debate, to AD or CE 325, the Nicene Council.
      5-This & more is why we should cry out with the Jews the Sh’ma: “Hear O Israel, the Lord thy God is One.” Which Christ called the main or first commandment.
      NOTE: I urge everyone to look into these great truths, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
      God bless you,
      Bro. Keith

  9. September 20, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Re: Linda
    I dated a follower of William Marrion Branham in college. Branham and his followers deny the doctrine of the trinity yet there is plenty of evidence for the trinity in scripture.

    How can two be one let alone three? It’s very easy for God, but not so easy for us to understand without help. Something that helped me was a little book called ‘Flatland’ by Edwin A. Abbott published in 1884. You can find a legal and free copy online.

    Flatland is the story of a two-dimensional shape thrown into a three-dimensional world. God can be three-in-one easily if we understand the parallel that our existence is restricted to three dimensions of length, width, and height yet God exists beyond these restrictions.

    I pray that you come to this truth.

  10. Curt
    December 3, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Hi Kenneth,

    I have read your books, “A World of Difference” and “Without a Doubt” and I really enjoyed them.

    Do you know anything about Ratio Christi? Ratio Christi is a Christian apologetics organization on many college campuses in the United States. I’m thinking about becoming involved with this organization by doing some occasional teaching.


  11. July 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm


    I think Ratio Christi is an excellent campus apologetics organization. I’ve teamed up with them with great results on the college campus.

  12. September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Hello, Kenneth!

    I have recently ran into a trial of trying to work through Sola Scriptura. I listened to your spot on Issues, Etc. and appreciated it very much.
    I was wondering what your response would be to the argument that Sola Scriptura is not really that scripture is the final authority but that of the individual’s interpretation that really is?

    You mention that Jesus himself confirms Sola Scriptura, but he does not have the problem of interpretation as I do. He is God.

    This has become really problematic to me, as I am trying to understand what I am to believe about in scripture in regards to authority and what place my own interpretation takes in that. For instance, I am Reformed, and most Reformed are confessional to an extent. What place does the Confession take as an authority with me personally? If I am more sacramental than what most that adhere to the WCF would feel comfortable with, who’s interpretation do I follow? I have heard folks break this down to a primary and secondary situation, and I understand that but what I am getting at is more of by who’s authority do I believe what?

    • September 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hi, Graham.

      I address your question in chapter 7 of my book Without a Doubt. I don’t think I can do justice to your question here in a brief online response. Give the chapter a read a see what you think.

      Best regards in Christ.

  13. December 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Ken, How do I acquire copyright permission for one of your articles? Please email at address that I have provided. Thanks!


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    • July 19, 2021 at 6:35 am

      Not interested, Mike.


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  15. Gospel Reflections
    August 17, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Kenneth,

    I would like to share a verse-by-verse commentary on Genesis 1-11 that I worked on.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on the commentary if you get some time to peek into it:



    • August 17, 2021 at 1:42 pm



      I only read the early part of your commentary but I think it is careful and helpful.

      Best regards.

      Ken Samples

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