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That's Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith Paperback – November 1, 2001
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From the Back Cover
"It's all relative."
"Everything is one with the divine."
"Why would a good God send people to hell?"
"The Gospels contradict each other."
In our relativistic society, Christians more than ever before are bombarded by skeptical comments such as these. You hear them on college campuses, in the workplace, and from your neighbors and friends.
That's Just Your Interpretation provides incisive answers to challenges related to truth and reality, worldviews, and Christian doctrine. Similar to his well-received "True for You, but Not for Me," this book by Paul Copan will help you defend your faith, even when you're confronted with the toughest questions. You'll be able to respond with intelligent, powerful answers that direct people toward a personal relationship with God.
"The book is accessible to non-specialists, yet Copan clearly brings to each subject careful research and scholarly reflection."
J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology
"Paul Copan manifests the conceptual skills of a fine philosopher and theologian as well as the heart of a sincere Christian. This combination is potent indeed, illuminating a wide range of pressing issues about the Christian faith."
Paul Moser, Loyola University of Chicago
"Paul Copan writes with clarity, force, and insight about the credibility of Christianity."
Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College
About the Author
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He has co-authored (with William Lane Craig) Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration (Baker Academic). He is co-editor of three books on the historical Jesus and of three other books in the philosophy of religion, The Rationality of Theism (Routledge), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (Routledge), and Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues (Blackwell).
He has co-edited (with William Craig) Passionate Conviction and Contending with Christianity's Critics. He has contributed articles and book reviews to various professional journals as well: Philosophia Christi, Faith and Philosophy, Trinity Journal, Southern Journal of Theology, the Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society, and The Review of Metaphysics.
He is presently writing a book on Old Testament ethics and co-authoring a book on the moral argument.
Top Customer Reviews
On pages 98-99 Copan discusses the problem of natural disasters. Copan’s explanations in the previous parts of this chapter seem to deal only with moral evils which result from human choices, so here he attempts to address the issue of evil which seems not to stem from human choices. He argues that natural disasters are actually necessary to keep life on this planet alive (98). For example, earthquakes are needed to recycle essential nutrients back into the continents (98). I personally do not find his argument very convincing. I think that any Christian would need to tie natural evils into the Fall as Schaffer does in Genesis in Space and Time, where he presents natural evils as stemming from a rift which developed between man and nature as a result of sin. If we do not do this, it does not make much sense for God to curse the ground as a result of Adam’s sin, for it would already have been cursed if nothing in nature changed as a result of the Fall. Further, as a philosophical objection, surely God could have created a world where natural disasters were not necessary to sustain the earth. Copan responds to this by saying that we cannot know that a world with this condition is possible (98-99), but does he really believe that there will be natural disasters on the new earth?Read more ›
I do have an issue with "Ben J"'s review of the book and its mischaracterisation of Copan. After browsing his other reviews, it seems he doesn't like ANY of the Christian books he's reviewed and seems to include the same hyper-critical elements in most of his reviews - as if he's working from the same template for all of them (including the non-orthodox position that the Bible teaches that everyone, Christian and non-Christian, will be saved, which runs absolutely contrary to the orthodox Christian position that has been held for 2000 years. How Ben pulls that out of Scripture is beyond me. The fact that Copan disagrees with that view makes Ben attacks his work. But I digress.....). But specifically here, his accusation that Copan's attitude in this book is to preach some message of "win the argument over the 'poor pitiful non-Christians' at all costs" is so offbase that it seems to me he threw that in there to mischaracterise Copan and throw the on-the-fence person off from considering it as a reading possibility.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Want to turn the tables on those who reject God and the Bible? This book supplies the reasons and logic for doing so. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Wordsmith
Paul Copan speaks very logically with conviction and spiritual insight.Published 4 months ago by Merry Heart
Another great apologetics book from Mr. Copan. He is one of my favorite go to people.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Why are there over 40,000+ Christian denominations? Are all those interpretations valid? 33,000 surged to 42,000 in just 12 years. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Winston D. Jen
Like most all of Dr. Copan's books this covers the issues faced in our pluralistic society in easy to understand prose.Published on January 21, 2014 by Mark Carlson
He addresses problems I have never seen addressed
in print before. I liked it. You might like it as well as I do.
Paul Copan (born 1962) is a Christian theologian, philosopher and apologist, who is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University; he has written many other books... Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Steven H Propp
Paul Copan is a new author to by reading list, but after reading one of his books I purchased everything else that I could find by him.Published on January 30, 2013 by Jim
One of Copans older books that Shows a clear presentation. The title itself speaks volumes as opinions don't always necessarily mean truth, but ones interpretation of what they... Read morePublished on June 1, 2011 by Cornell