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Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics (B&H Studies in Christian Ethics) Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Have Christians grown accustomed to those who defame the Church?
Whether it’s a best-selling author who claims “religion poisons everything” or an atheist comedian whose punch lines aren’t hassled by the burden of proof, foes of the faith continue to declare Christianity morally deficient without much resistance.
In Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians, Mark Coppenger mixes compelling references—from classic philosophers to modern entertainers— to reasonably push back against both harsh critics and less intense cultural relativists, contending that Christianity is morally superior to its competitors as well as true.
Coppenger doesn’t avoid uncomfortable realities like the misbehavior of many Christians and false teachers, but he sets the book’s course in defense of his faith with evidence that a Christian approach to life makes people and societies flourish, while those who turn their backs on genuine Christianity are more liable to behave wickedly.
“I hope to help replenish our cultural confidence,” he writes. “We have a great moral story to tell, and it surely points to the Author of Light and Life.”
Mark Coppenger has rendered a great service to the Christian church in the twenty- first century. Moral Apologetics is a special gift to all of those faithful Christians who believe that Christianity brings new life to the mind as well as to the soul.
Richard Land President, Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, Tennessee
This book is a tour de force of apologetic thought, revealing ethical issues to be apologetic opportunities. Fascinating on every page . . . get ready for a guided tour through contemporary culture and Christian apologetics.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Mark Coppenger is professor of Christian Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, kentucky, and director of the Seminary’s extension in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.).
About the Author
Mark Coppenger is professor of Christian Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and director of the Seminary's extension in Nashville, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D.).
Top Customer Reviews
Coppenger cites this debate because he wants to argue that ideas have consequences. If an idea is true, then it should lead to human flourishing. If it is not true, then it should be detrimental. If an idea is true and it doesn't bring about human flourishing, then something has gone wrong. Coppenger wants to push back against the New Atheists who argue that Christianity is bad for the world. He also wants to argue against the idea that the social impact of a worldview is irrelevant when discussing truthfulness. Instead he argues that "Christianity is morally superior as well as true" (1).
He examines the issue in relation to four contrasts: Christian Ethics v. Secular Ethics (chs. 1-5); Christian Ethicists v. Secular Ethicists (chs. 6-9); Christian Fruit v. Secular Fruit; Admirable Apologetics (chs. 10-13) v. Irresponsible Apologetics (chs. 14-18). In each section he examines competing ideas, systems, religions and movements.Read more ›
I disagree with this comment. If a person really took the idea of human flourishing seriously then I think this book could be a useful evangelism tool. Also, the book did more than point out the flaws of non-Christians. I think the book did a good job of illustrating the consequences of ideas.