When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics Paperback – Bargain Price, August 1, 2008


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, Bargain Price, August 1, 2008
$8.98 $8.58

This is a bargain book and quantities are limited. Bargain books are new but could include a small mark from the publisher and an Amazon.com price sticker identifying them as such. Details

Special Offers and Product Promotions


NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080106743X
  • ASIN: B002T4518G
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,376,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Guidance for those deep coffeehouse conversations about God 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

About the Author

Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. He lives with his wife and five children in Florida.

More About the Author

Paul Copan (Ph.D., philosophy, Marquette University) is Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He is author of "True for You, But Not for Me" (Bethany House), "That's Just Your Interpretation,""How Do You Know You're Not Wrong?", When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics (all with Baker), and Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion (Chalice Press). These are all books that seek to make available accessible answers to the toughest questions asked of Christians.

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.

Customer Reviews

I recommend it heartily.
JP Holding
Covering a variety of questions likely to arise in conversations with irreligious friends and neighbors, Copan's book offers a wealth of help and insight.
Jeff
I am a reasonably intelligent person that does quite a bit of reading, but this book seems geared towards the intellectual.
Casual Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Deundian on July 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
Far too many books on Christian apologetics are tired commentaries with cheesy quotations and sound bite/flimsy arguments. This sort of literature has set a disingenuous precedent with thinkers from all camps (because they are written in Christianeeze!) and has given Christian apologetics a bad name. While encouraging to a choir, they are hopeless as outreach. Copan's, "When God Goes to Starbucks" will equip Christians to know why they believe what they believe about their faith, and invites seekers to explore the coherence of the Christian worldview. Anyone who is passionate about the life of the mind will enjoy this book. Copan has written at a lay level but the content is thoughtful enough to meet the needs of advanced learners. Copan covers a lot of territory and deals with some gritty but relevant topics. You'll enjoy this book as Copan *once again* travels roads most fear to travel -Copan is great!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Morrow on July 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
These are not flimsy, trite, or tired responses to legitimate and difficult questions. What you will find here are thoughtful, clear, and substantive arguments with ample endnotes, precise summaries, and helpful suggestions for more intensive exploration. Copan has the rare ability to take ideas and discussions occurring in professional journals among theologians and philosophers and package them in a way that is accessible to motivated readers without trivializing them.

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Beth Tebe on March 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book contains thoughtful, well-stated, fully expressed apologetics. However, its catchy title and trendy cover is misleading; it implies that the book is a reader-friendly guide to answering tough universal questions about God. In this regard, Copan's book really misses the mark. It is written more for the academic rather than your average Christian caffeine addict, like myself. So, if you could use some help giving tangible, biblical responses to questions like "If God is good, then why is there so much suffering?" then I recommend Randy Newman's book Questioning Evangelism. After you read it, bring a seeking friend to the nearest Starbucks, and start a "God" conversation over a cup o' Joe.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bronx book nerd VINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a good book on Christian apologetics that tackles not the big issues about the core of Christianity but some selected sub-issues. Topics covered include homosexuality and gay marriage, the variety of Christian denominations and the accuracy of Christ's predictions about the end times. Author Copan is clearly a well-read scholar who knows his subjects. He provides one of the most reasonable and non-judgmental explanations of the Christian positions on gay issues. He covers the key points on other area of controversy as well. Now and then he misses the mark: for example, he does not fully understand the Catholic teaching on tradition, which the Catholic Church sees as Sacred Tradition and equally valid as Sacred Scripture. For starters, Sacred Tradition preceded Sacred Scripture, as far as the New Testament is concerned; this is just a fact, since obviously what Jesus taught and how the disciples followed that teaching necessarily came before anyone wrote it down. Interestingly, he uses the Book of Maccabees, which is in the Catholic bible but not the Protestant, to make one of his points. I also think he is wrong on the whole unity issue. The large number of divisions is seen by outsiders as evidence of a fundamental weakness in the Christian message: how could there be so many interpretations of one truth? Copan's explanations are only sugar coating of what is one of the major problems of modern Christianity. Overall, however, I found the book eminently reasonable, fairly balanced, and intelligently nuanced. A good read for all Christians who want to buttress their understanding of current hot topics.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CarolinaMommy on September 20, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book on a whim and was deeply touched by the message. GREAT book for those moments when you feel compelled to say something, but aren't quite sure how to approach it. Even better book for those times when your gut tells you "this is right" or "that makes me uncomfortable" - but you can't put your finger on "why". This book not only gives you the scriptural "why" but helps you find gentle ways of approaching those topics with your friends and loved ones. MUST read for any Christian who finds him/herself in mixed company.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?