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True for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith Paperback – June 1, 2009
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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.
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At the very heart of the book is the idea that there is absolute truth and that acknowledging this is essential for evangelization or any discussion that attempts to define "Truth". This book helps point out the lack of reason behind relativistic arguments. Fallacious logic and suspect beliefs systems are dealt with by showing people how to use logic to punch holes in relativistic thinking without having to know vast sections of Scripture. By taking Copan's clear reasonings to their logical conclusions one can create common ground for the sharing of the Gospel, increasing the likelihood of success.
Copan also includes excellent and reasonable ways to counter many of the harder arguments that many will raise with common sticking points in theology. For example, there is an extended section that addresses the question of how a loving God can send people to Hell who have never had the chance to hear the Gospel. Other questions on this same order of difficulty are discussed, with well-reasoned responses that will help Christians deal with the tougher questions they are often asked by those investigating Christianity.
The author's angle on evangelizing those firmly in the relativistic camp is simple, intelligent, and true to the idea that being logical and rational is part of calling oneself a Christian.Read more ›
L. Parsons, Nebraska
Future readers who approach this work should know that Copan's view of Christianity is a classically evangelical one.
Or consider the relativistic religious statement, "all religons lead to God." This is a logical impossibility, since many of them assert that there is only one way to God. So either all exclusivistic religions are false, in which case they do NOT lead to God, or else one exclusivistic religion is true, in which case NO other religion leads to God. In either case, the premise is disproved.
I have a few questions for the reviewers who downrated this book: Mormons, JWs and Catholics, as well as evangelical Christians, all assert "truths" that contradict some of the "truths" of the others. So they can't all be right, can they? Copan's logical scalpel cuts deep; you can't reject his logic simply because you don't like its implications. HOW is it invalid?
Perhaps one of you could supply some examples of the "twisted logic" or "empty semantics" that demonstrate the "sheer lunacy of religion" or the book's lack of "heart". Rhetoric is empty unless backed up with specifics.
It all goes to show that you can't fool Mother Logic. A great book!
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Great book. This was a homework assignment for my teenager. She enjoyed the easy to read book.Published 3 months ago by Lisset
I have never seen so many "straw men" arguments in such a small place.
To refute this entire book requires a little bit of study of logical fallacies, and the... Read more
A systematic exposition for the Christian to understand the morass of relativism. Fifth star would have required more of a wrap-up at the end.Published 8 months ago by Russ Burch
A must have in any apologetic collection. Copan lays out a great case for why many relativists and post-modernists thinkers are holding contradictory beliefs. Read morePublished 9 months ago by raymond torres
This review critiques True For You But Not For Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith by Paul Copan. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bret James Stewart
Classic book. I have given away many.
Short chapters and topics, good summary and bullet points at end.
We are using this as a Sunday School lesson and getting lots of info out of the book.Published 15 months ago by Cynthia Grantham
Liked the presentation of the different perspectives. Very helpful evangelistic tool. I recommend this book to pastors and lay people a likePublished 16 months ago by Star puppy 25