Despite his youth, Paul Copan writes with a maturity and breadth of wisdom that one would think had taken a lifetime to accumulate. At a time when the debate about the meaning of life appears to be monopolized by the hard-edged argument between Intelligent Design and neo-Darwinism, Copan comes along with a rational but entirely Christ-centered and civil reminder of what our Creator actually told us.
Copan seizes the intellectual high ground in the contemporary challenge to faith in God at page 26: "There's just no way science (empiricism) can show that all beliefs should be scientifically provable ... Because the standard is a presumed philosophical outlook, not the result of scientific research. Behind the allegedly "scientific" standard are philosophical presuppositions that aren't themselves scientifically verifiable."
Acknowledging all of the usual arguments against God, Copan gently but firmly presents the contrary view with a splendid sense of balance between cognitive humility and the responsibility we received in 1 Peter 3:15 to "always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you."What Copan lacks in the sound-bite populist style of Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens, he more than makes up for in reason and balance. Anyone whose anchor to God is in danger of being set adrift by the fatalism of Dawkins et al would do well to read this book.