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True For You But Not For Me

True For You But Not For Me

by Paul Copan

Relativism, the philosophical belief that there are no absolute truths, has a powerful sway in our post-modern world. When they have witnessed to unbelievers, many Christians may have heard the catch phrases of relativism like "All religions lead to God," "Who are you to judge others?" and "Jesus was just another great religious leader." Paul Copan, in t… Read more…

How Do You Know You

How Do You Know You're Not Wrong?

by Paul Copan

"Hey, whatever works for you." When you try to share your faith with friends or family, responses like this can be familiar, frustrating, and can sometimes leave you speechless. In How Do You Know You're Not Wrong?: More Responses to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith, Paul Copan continues his consideration of questions like this, which are encounte… Read more…

That

That's Just Your Interpretation

by Paul Copan

"Hey, it's all relative." As our society becomes more and more relativistic, Christians can find it harder and harder to confidently articulate the foundations of their faith. Because we live in a "culture of truth decay," as Paul Copan calls it, Christians confront more and more tough questions when they seek to share their faith with others. In T… Read more…

Creation Out of Nothing

Creation Out of Nothing

by Paul Copan

First things first! The Bible begins with God's creation of the world, and that beginning is an important foundation for how we understand our entire faith. What we believe about how God created the world can have important implications for many other parts of our Christian belief. In Creation Out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Expl… Read more…

When God Goes to Starbucks A Guide to Everyday Apologetics

When God Goes to Starbucks A Guide to Everyday Apologetics

by Paul Copan

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• … Read more…

Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God

by Paul Copan

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… Read more…

Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God

Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God

by Paul Copan and Matt Flannagan

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 t… Read more…

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World

by Paul Copan and Kenneth D. Litwak

Our world is multicultural, multireligious, multiphilosophical. It ranges from fundamental monotheism to do-it-yourself spirituality to strident atheism. How can Christians engage in communicating across worldviews in this pluralistic and often relativistic society? When Paul visited Athens, he found an equally multicultural and multireligious setting. Fr… Read more…