- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801063833
- ISBN-13: 978-0801063831
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That's Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith Paperback – November 1, 2001
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"Beneath the clichés of our culture lie some unsettling questions about God. Paul Copan, with genius and simplicity, uncovers the struggle and constructs his answers on a firm foundation." Ravi Zacharias, author and speaker
"It's all relative."
"Everything is one with the divine."
"Why would a good God send people to hell?"
"The Gospels contradict each other."
In our relativistic society, Christians more than ever before are bombarded by skeptical comments such as these. You hear them on college campuses, in the workplace, and from your neighbors and friends.
That's Just Your Interpretation provides incisive answers to challenges related to truth and reality, worldviews, and Christian doctrine. Similar to his well-received "True for You, but Not for Me," this book by Paul Copan will help you defend your faith, even when you're confronted with the toughest questions. You'll be able to respond with intelligent, powerful answers that direct people toward a personal relationship with God.
"The book is accessible to non-specialists, yet Copan clearly brings to each subject careful research and scholarly reflection."
J. P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology
"Paul Copan manifests the conceptual skills of a fine philosopher and theologian as well as the heart of a sincere Christian. This combination is potent indeed, illuminating a wide range of pressing issues about the Christian faith."
Paul Moser, Loyola University of Chicago
"Paul Copan writes with clarity, force, and insight about the credibility of Christianity."
Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College
About the Author
Paul Copan (Ph.D., Marquette University) is a ministry associate with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. His books include Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? and "True for You, but Not for Me." Copan lives in Suwanee, Georgia.
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Do others raise these issues with you? Turn to this book for sound answers. But watch out for the arrows of ridicule instead of reason. Ridicule is the blank bullets for those who have no answers.
The content and quality of Copan's arguments is something of a mixed bag. His treatment of the subject of hell once again shows his soft approach: he denies the existence of literal physical torture in hell, suggesting instead that the eternal torment will instead be merely some sort of emotional anguish over being cut off from the presence of God. Copan also avoids explicitly claiming that all non-Christians will go to hell, though it's unclear whether that's simply an omission or if he really allows for the possibility that the Christian God will show mercy on good people who choose the wrong deity to worship.
The chapter of Biblical slavery is weakly researched; Copan essentially argues that the slavery allowed by the Bible wasn't all that harsh and had protections for the slaves that were lacking in, say, the American Old South. However, an inspection of Copan's footnotes reveals that he depended for his facts on a very small number of secondary sources, mostly from evangelical Christian publishers. No doubt there is primary source material and a considerable amount of original research about Biblical slavery, and any complete assessment of the issue would need to dig into that literature to produce a balanced portrait. But Copan doesn't seem to have done the level of research that's required, opting instead to depend on a few sources that give the most favorable support to his viewpoint.
On the whole, Copan's book makes interesting and easy reading if one is interested in finding learning about a softer-hearted viewpoint in Christian apologetics (though even Copan feels compelled to defend the morality of the Old Testament slaughter of the Canaanites). He does not offer a whole lot that is new or original, though, and a committed skeptic is unlikely to find any hard challenges to his beliefs.
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