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"Here is a work that is well-rooted in Scripture, enlightened by historical and contemporary philosophical and theological debates, and while quite accessible to undergraduates, it is useful for scholars as well."

"In this remarkable book Paul Copan not only presents a creative and highly accessible introduction to contemporary philosophy of religion, but in so doing he exemplifies what it really means to be a Christian philosopher--a lover of wisdom who uses God's gift of reason to understand God, the world and humankind better."

"Paul Copan has broken new ground in this work. Finally, we have an engaged text that both fairly represents all sides in the classic and current debates in philosophy of religion, and also advances a profoundly Christian philosophy. This should be welcomed by non-Christian and Christian readers who are looking for work that is packed with provocative, cogent arguments and counter-arguments."

"The book is so interestingly written that I had a hard time putting it down. It is full to overflowing with both readable, well-stated, incredibly researched arguments against Christianity and successful responses to those arguments. But the single most important factor about Loving Wisdom that makes it utterly unique is the scope of issues it addresses. This is now the go-to book for a readable, powerful Christian treatment of philosophy of religion."

About the Author

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has written and edited a number of books related to the philosophy of religion.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chalice Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0827221398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0827221390
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Loving Wisdom is a book that's difficult to summarize, and I gather that was intentional. In groundbeaking fashion, Christian apologist and philosopher Paul Copan has written an extraordinarily wide-ranging book that's exhaustive enough to serve as a textbook on many subjects within apologetics and philosophy of religion, but concise enough to serve as "a kind of launching pad" to further exploration. This is one of the densest books I've ever read -- dense in ideas not words! The author can cover a remarkable amount of ground in a relatively few pages. Coming to it as a layman, I found it readable and accessible -- even when comprehension of difficult concepts proved elusive. Although a serious and scholarly treatment of serious topics, Loving Wisdom is never ponderous, mainly because Copan's writing is suffused with good humor and wit. What also comes through is his charitable and fair treatment of opposing viewpoints.

So why should the average Christian believer be concerned with difficult questions and arguments raised by those who don't share our beliefs? Isn't it enough to fall back on bumper-sticker slogans? i.e. God said it, I believe it, that settles it! Why should Christians "do philosophy"? Copan writes:

"Unfortunately, some Christians speak disparagingly about philosophy, as though it's always done in an anti-Christian manner. They may cite Paul's caution, "Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies" (1 Cor. 8:1), or his warning against "philosophy and empty deception" (Col. 2:8). They may claim to promote a Spirit-given knowledge that seems foolish to the "natural" person (1 Cor. 1-2).
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Despite his youth, Paul Copan writes with a maturity and breadth of wisdom that one would think had taken a lifetime to accumulate. At a time when the debate about the meaning of life appears to be monopolized by the hard-edged argument between Intelligent Design and neo-Darwinism, Copan comes along with a rational but entirely Christ-centered and civil reminder of what our Creator actually told us.

Copan seizes the intellectual high ground in the contemporary challenge to faith in God at page 26: "There's just no way science (empiricism) can show that all beliefs should be scientifically provable ... Because the standard is a presumed philosophical outlook, not the result of scientific research. Behind the allegedly "scientific" standard are philosophical presuppositions that aren't themselves scientifically verifiable."

Acknowledging all of the usual arguments against God, Copan gently but firmly presents the contrary view with a splendid sense of balance between cognitive humility and the responsibility we received in 1 Peter 3:15 to "always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you."What Copan lacks in the sound-bite populist style of Dawkins, Harris and Hitchens, he more than makes up for in reason and balance. Anyone whose anchor to God is in danger of being set adrift by the fatalism of Dawkins et al would do well to read this book.
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Loving Wisdom provides solid and interesting theology, apologetics and philosophy.

The whole book is good, but I found three of the four chapters in Part III to be particularly interesting: The Problem(s) of Evil; The Hiddenness of God; and Hell.

In chapter 12, The Problem(s) of Evil, Copan has a section dealing with "Principalities and Powers". I don't recall seeing much reference to the effects of "principalities and powers" in other apologetic treatments of the problem of evil. It was a helpful perspective.

Chapter 13, dealt with "The Hiddenness of God" providing some probing thoughts on the matter. For example, to those who complain that God does reveal himself clearly enough, Copan suggests that perhaps, "the more evidence one has of God, the more resentful one might become toward him." Copan quotes atheist Thomas Nagel who confesses that "he doesn't want there to be a God." I've read similar expressions from other atheists. For a person who feels this way, to have more revealing evidence from God of His existence probably would not be helpful or desired.

Chapter 15, "Hell", was also interesting. One of the more fascinating ideas that Copan suggests is that in hell resistance to God is likely to increase rather than decrease. Says Copan, "despite hell's miseries, the condemned wouldn't prefer God's presence; resistance continues in hell. The more they would be exposed to God, the more they would come to hate him." In other words, it's not likely that those in hell will be saying, "Hey, I've changed my mind, God, I love you! I'm ready for heaven now! Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound . . . !
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I purchased Paul Copan's "Loving Wisdom" on iTunes since it is cheaper in the iTunes store than on Amazon. With that said "Loving Wisdom" is a great book. It is outlined like any Systematic theology book beginning with God, moving on to creation, fall, redemption and ending with re-creation. Each part of the book not only understandably explains the topic but also tackles issues related to the topic, for example "Fall" contains "the Problem(s) of evil", "the hiddenness of God", "Original sin" and "Hell". "Loving Wisdom" is highly readable, anyone with zero knowledge of philosophy will be able to comprehend and grasp the contents of the book. I will definitely use the book as a reference guide in the future. "Loving Wisdom" lays out the Christian worldview and defends it in a very simple and understandable way, but Copan does in a persuasive and intellectual rigorous manner! The book is very apologetic and anyone with a passion for apologetics and theology will have plenty to enjoy in reading the book. Get it now!
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