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"Hey, whatever works for you."

If you've recently tried to tell your friends about Jesus, this is surely a familiar phrase. Besides being familiar, such challenges from today's unbelievers are also frustrating. In fact, they can sometimes leave you speechless. So how do you respond?

Expert Christian apologist Paul Copan calls these objections "anti-truth claims." And he knows they're relevant-he's faced them over and over in his apologetics ministry on university campuses and in coffee shops across the country. In "How Do You Know You're Not Wrong?" he presents a collection of objections regarding reality, worldviews, and Christianity and thoroughly addresses each from a biblical standpoint. If you've ever been left lost for words when discussing matters of faith, this insightful book will give you the tools you need to confidently, lovingly, and effectively respond to colleagues, acquaintances, and friends.


"Paul Copan gives clear and illuminating answers in this lively and helpful book. I enthusiastically recommend it."-Stephen T. Davis, Claremont McKenna College

"Copan takes on some of the strongest challenges to Christian faith and responds to them with clarity, generosity, and laserlike logic."-Francis J. Beckwith, author, Relativism


Paul Copan (Ph.D., Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida and is author of "That's Just Your Interpretation" and "True for You, but Not for Me".

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Paul Copan (Ph.D., 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.
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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801064996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801064999
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on April 26, 2006
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Paul Copan is a rising star in Christian apologetics and philosophy. He has written a number of excellent titles defending the Christian faith, on both popular and more academic levels. This volume follows two of his earlier works, namely, True For You, But Not True For Me (1998) and That's Just Your Interpretation (2001).

In all three volumes he raises common objections to the faith and answers them with wisdom, learning and clarity. In this volume, he examines three categories of objections: the nature of truth, the broad area of science and scientism, and objections to specific biblical and theological claims.

In the first section, for example, he devotes a chapter to pragmatism, the claim that what is true is what works. Copan offers three strengths of this view, but then offers eleven problems with the position. And these shortcomings are profound. Lying, for example, may "work", but does that make its right, or true?

In section two he lists eight common objections, centered on the supposed clash between science and faith. In these chapters he deals with a number of related themes. Chief among them is the way in which science can tend to overstep its bounds.

Thus Copan distinguishes between science (a helpful discipline when kept in its proper place) and scientism (the idea that science speaks to all truth, and what is not covered by science is not true). The latter is a philosophical position, not testable by the very tenets of science. It is a presupposition that itself is not empirically verifiable.

While science rightly studies the natural world, scientism seeks to say the natural world is all there is: only matter matters. The truth is, as Copan demonstrates, there are many areas of knowledge that go beyond scientific study.
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By AK on July 27, 2005
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**** In a world where it often seems like the only right some vocal people are willing to grant Christians is the right to remain silent, it is easy to begin to wonder, "am I wrong to believe?" Addressing this question with solid reasons why you are not wrong to believe and what makes Christianity logical, this book will give you the confidence to deal with a world in which Christans are resident aliens. How do we know we have a soul and are more than animals? What about the strange things in the Old Testament that often seem bizarre and harsh? Did a lot of books get left out of the Bible? The answers to these questions and more will give you surety that not only are you, the Christian not wrong, but you are right. ****

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Kudos to Copan who meets a great practical need to help answer real questions that people ask, instead of arguing against arguments which seem were created out of thin air just to prove a point. Though the questions or statements are as real as they get, sometimes Copan creates a straw man in his arguments. But, overall it is a great book I would recommend as a textbook, and for anyone in the church out outside of it.

I really enjoyed many of the discussions and you can tell that Copan is a well read person. Also, not only well read but usually picks those authors who are well respected in their field.

There are just a few things I would critique. It seems that Copan's passion about abortion caused him to overreact a couple times. When he speaks of Abortion Clinics, he typifies them as profit makers. I happen to have some firsthand knowledge about this. I was a "spy" of sorts for the anti-abortion side and played a boyfriend, and another person played my girlfriend. The goal was to get into the clinic and find out what the staff there would say if my "girlfriend" changed her mind and no longer wanted the abortion. What we found was that the staff defended the woman's right to choose either way, and did not try to persuade at all for her to get an abortion. So it is a mass generalization to say that these clinics only serve the dollar bill.

The second time Copan overreacts concerning this topic is when he compares those who would risk life and limb to save an endangered turtle's eggs, and that these same people could care less about aborting babies. That is a bit unfair I would say, since the turtle is an endangered species and we are not.
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Copan does an excellent job at thoroughly tackling a number of issues that come up in Christian vs. Non-Christian debates. I found his chapters on the Old Testament especially informative and insightful as they addressed common questions that come up where the Old vs. New Testament practices are concerned, especially the "Why" aspects of some of the seemingly arbitrary Old Testament practices. The book definitely deserves a place on the Christian's bookshelf and also deserves an honest read by the Non-Christian who wants good answers to the questions they have in the areas the book addresses.
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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 such as True for You, But Not for Me: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith, That's Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith, When God Goes to Starbucks A Guide to Everyday Apologetics, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 2005 book, "In my previous writings, I've mentioned a basic threefold strategy for defending and dealing with objections to the Christian worldview. First of all, we can't escape the objectivity of truth and the REALITY, to which truth-claims correspond... Second, if... people see that truth and reality are inescapable, then we can deal with the next level---worldviews... Third, if theism is the best option among competing worldviews, then WHICH theistic option is the most viable---Judaism, Islam, or Christianity?... It's my hope that this material will encourage Christians in general, but particularly Christian students in high schools and universities ... who regularly face skeptical challenges to their faith." (Pg. 11-12)

He suggests, "the very strong evidence for near-death experiences (NDEs) or out-of-body experiences (OBEs) taking place suggests that body and soul are different substances. During a four-minute time period of being clinically dead, the late atheist philosopher A.J.
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