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When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics Paperback – August 1, 2008
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What do you say when someone raises tough objections to the Christian worldview, like
•Why not just look out for yourself?
•Isn't it okay to do whatever you want as long as you don't hurt anyone?
•Is it ever okay to lie?
•Aren't some people born gay?
•Do people really believe miracles happen?
•Aren't the Bible's holy wars just like Islamic Jihad?
In When God Goes to Starbucks, renowned apologetics expert Paul Copan tackles these and other vexing questions. He offers wise and relevant answers that will not only help you clarify your own beliefs but empower you to articulate those beliefs to others.
"Classic Copan: thoughtful, respectful, well-reasoned, and ultimately persuasive. Open it up, grab a cup of coffee, and join the conversation!"--Lee Strobel, author, The Case for Christ and The Case for the Real Jesus
"If you want sound apologetics made relevant--here it is! Copan provides clear, orthodox, practical, accessible, and necessary answers to questions that stymie seekers and galvanize skeptics against historic Christianity."--Hank Hanegraaff, president, Christian Research Institute; host, Bible Answer Man broadcast
"I love this book. Its arguments--careful, logical, and most of all fair-minded--speak eloquently in our sound-bite world."--David K. Clark, lead pastor, Faith Covenant Church; professor of theology, Bethel Seminary
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Top Customer Reviews
Moreover, the issues addressed in this book are fresh, but not obscure. For example, Islam is in the news, and many thinking people wonder how closely (if at all) the Jihad of the Koran parallels the holy wars recorded in the Bible (specifically the OT). You get 3 chapters exploring that. Then you get a chapter exploring religious experience and 2 chapters exploring the rationality of miracles in the "age of science". And who hasn't wondered whether it is really OK to lie to Nazis? (and then how to explain your reasoning?)
Overall this is a powerful book. But Copan realizes that it isn't about winning an argument; it is about seeking the truth. And all of this is to be done with gentleness and respect. Personally, I resonated with what he said in the introduction, "And when we are talking with people in pain or when people just want to tell their stories, we should be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19); we shouldn't jump in with answers when we haven't truly understood the questions" (pages 10-11). Too often we get excited about a particular truth we have discovered and in our eagerness to share it, we forget to listen and understand. A good reminder indeed.
I highly recommend this and other Paul Copan books.Read more ›
What are some of those real questions? Well, for example . . .
"Is it okay to lie to Nazis?"
[By the way, according to Copan, the answer is yes, "deception is morally permissible . . . under certain specific conditions." But you have to read chapter 3 in the book to get the full explanation.]
"Does the Bible condemn loving, committed homosexual relationships?"
"Aren't the Bible's `Holy Wars' just like Islamic Jihad?"
"Why are Christians so divided? Why so many denominations?"
[Copan is a very smart and highly educated man, but, he missed the obvious correct answer to these two questions. It's simple to see that Christians wouldn't be divided if everyone would just come to see things my way.]
Oh well, he did a pretty good job, other than that.
Copan has written several books along the lines of "When God Goes To Starbucks" and he does a good job of writing in a way that is accessible to regular people and, yet, provides thoughtful answers that are not so lightweight that they lack genuine intellectual substance.
From one of those "regular people" . . .
Oak Lawn, IL
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great intro to some basic apologetic topics for the layman. Missing some key components -- deity of Christ, historicity of the resurrection, etc -- but still a worthwhile read.Published 2 months ago by Michael Moyles
Good read!! I love how Copan explains apologetics in this book. It's easy to understand and straightforward. Book was in perfect conditionPublished 2 months ago by Lais
Interesting book with interesting topics. However, I think this type of book would be great for a younger reader in their teens or 20s. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joan of Arc
Too much like a text book on religion vs more of a personal story that I anticipated. Not a relaxing read.Published 3 months ago by David Wachob
Title was miss leading. A more complicated apologetic reading.Published 6 months ago by Barbara Fischer
God wouldn't go to Starbucks because their CEO has stated that they don't want customers who don't support Gay marriage. Read morePublished 8 months ago by L Carroll
I gave the book to my Christain friend,
Gloria, who likes Starbucks coffee and
loves God. Gloria told me that she really likes her book. Happy BD Gloria!
This book addresses questions that are likely to come up in conversations with a post-modern audience. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. PHILLIPS
Two things: There is a great deal of detail, which is why more than one reading is recommended. But I think there's an overkill on homosexuality: 3 chapters on this one subject was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Karn B. Gray