65 of 70 people found the following review helpful
A great book, if properly understood,
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This review is from: True for you, but not for me: Deflating the Slogans that Leave Christians Speechless (Paperback)
Are some of you people out there who are giving negative reviews even paying attention to what Paul Copan is saying? This book is not a straw man attempt at refuting Atheism, but rather a well thought out critique of Relativism, which is something that many Atheist could learn from. Although the writer is Christian, this book was not an attempt to establish a case for Christianity or any other Worldview, but rather a well reasoned defense of a necessary presuposition of rational thought; "Some things are true for everybody." If someone wishes to rate this book low, please do so on the basis of what the Author's intentions were in writing the book. The Author is not trying to give fleshed out arguments for the Existance of God and he doesn't have the space to grapple with the important and sensitive topic of how we deal with people who sincerely hold to non-Christian religious belief. So don't criticize him for not touching on these issues. Overall, this is an excellant book!!
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Initial post: May 7, 2011 8:28:03 PM PDT
Nathan Bart Reeder says:
An attack against relativism is a straw man argument because no one would ever take such a radical position seriously. Also, I find it interesting that you say he is not trying to refute atheism but that an atheist can learn from the critique of relativism.
No one who had half a brain could be a relativist.
If this is supposed to be some defense of rational thought, Copan has seriously overestimated himself: 1) He often misrepresents philosophers he quotes or discusses (Nietzsche, Plato, etc.) 2) He has a very narrow-minded grasp on concepts such as "truth" and "knowledge," and every argument he asserts presupposes faith - for a man to defend logic, he rarely uses it 3) His attacks on the link between evolution and morality are pitiful at best and laughable at worst.
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