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Little Book For New Philosophers
Paul Copan introduces the nature and challenge of philosophy to beginning students. What is the relevance of philosophy to Christian faith and theology? What kinds of questions do philosophers pursue? And what intellectual virtues are required and gained in the pursuit of philosophy for the cause of Christ?
Did God Really Command Genocide
A common objection to belief in the God of the Bible is that a good, kind, and loving deity would never command the wholesale slaughter of nations. Even Christians have a hard time stomaching such a thought, and many avoid reading those difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish. Instead, we quickly jump to the enemy-loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question doesn’t go away. Did God really command genocide? Is the command to utterly destroy morally unjustifiable? Is it literal? Are the issues more complex and nuanced than we realize?
In the tradition of his popular Is God a Moral Monster?, Paul Copan teams up with Matthew Flannagan to tackle some of the most confusing and uncomfortable passages of Scripture. Together they help the Christian and nonbeliever alike understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of Old Testament warfare passages. Pastors, youth pastors, campus ministers, apologetics readers, and laypeople will find that this book both enlightens and equips them for serious discussion of troubling spiritual questions.
Gospel In The Marketplace Of Ideas (Student/Study Guide)
1. Welcome To Athens
2. Was Paul’s Speech At Athens A Mistake?
3. Paul’s Athens
4. Our Athens
5. Paul’s Speech In Acts
6. Paul’s Audience
7. Paul’s Gospel For The Educated
8. The Art Of Persuasion
9. Acting On The Truth
10. Going To Our Own Mars Hill
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Our world is multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-philosophical. It ranges from fundamental monotheism to do-it-yourself spirituality to strident atheism. How can we authentically and effectively present the message of Jesus the Messiah in such a pluralistic and often relativistic context? When Paul visited Athens, as told in the book of Acts, he found an equally multi-cultural and multi-religious setting. From Jews to Gentiles, elite to poor, slaves to slave owners, from olive-skinned Gentiles to dark-skinned Ethiopians–the Greco-Roman world was a dynamic mixture. Religions practices were also wide and varied, with the Imperial cult of Emperor worship being the most prominent. Many also frequented the temples for the traditional Greek pantheon, and participated in the secret rituals of the Mystery Religions. Philosopher Paul Copan and New Testament scholar Kenneth Litwak team up to show how Paul’s example found in Acts 17 provide a practical model that still fits today. They uncover the cultural and religious background of this key episode in the Apostle’s career. With equal facility they show what it means for us who live in an age of competing beliefs and value systems.
Is God A Moral Monster (Reprinted)
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A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have leveled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser. This viewpoint is even making inroads into the church. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments?
In this timely and readable book, apologist Paul Copan takes on some of the most vexing accusations of our time, including:
God is arrogant and jealous
God punishes people too harshly
God is guilty of ethnic cleansing
God oppresses women
God endorses slavery
Christianity causes violence
Copan not only answers God’s critics, he also shows how to read both the Old and New Testaments faithfully, seeing an unchanging, righteous, and loving God in both.
True For You But Not For Me (Revised)
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Apologetics authority Paul Copan tackles popular sayings that often leave Christians speechless, such as All religions lead to God, Who are you to judge others? or Jesus was just another great religious leader. He provides readers with thoughtful explanations of anti-Christian slogans and brief answers to help them continue their conversations with non-Christians. In addition, Copan answers questions about the unevangelized. Study questions for group or individual use are included.
When God Goes To Starbucks (Reprinted)
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More than ever, Christians are bombarded with tough faith questions from their pluralistic friends and neighbors. Many of these emerge as anti-truth claims and slogans we are all familiar with:
*Why not just look out for yourself?
*Do what you want-just as long as you don’t hurt anyone
*Miracles violate the laws of nature
*Aren’t people born gay?
Paul Copan has been answering questions like these for many years. In When God Goes to Starbucks, he offers readers solid and caring Christian responses to these and many other concerns that are being discussed in Starbucks, shopping malls, youth groups, and schools. Each chapter provides succinct answers and points for countering the cultural questions believers are faced with today.
How Do You Know Youre Not Wrong
In today’s postmodern world, believers more than ever before are faced with a host of objections to Christianity. Expert apologist Paul Copan describes these objections as anti-truth claims and with How Do You Know You’re Not Wrong he provides a helpful resource with thorough, biblical answers to such regularly used objections as
– Whatever works for you
– Just as long as it makes you happy
– All religions are basically the same
– Christianity is anti-semitic
At the end of each chapter, he provides practical and easy-to-share summary points to help readers intelligently and effectively answer the challenges of their non-Christian friends and neighbors.