That’s Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith

Baker, 2001
ISBN: 0801063833


“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.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Provides clear answers to questions related to truth, reality, worldviews, and Christian doctrine
  • Explores how to answer the tough questions while pointing people towards God
  • Addresses the credibility of Christianity


  • Part I: Challenges Related to Truth and Reality
    • It’s All Relative
    • That’s Just Your Interpretation
    • That’s Just Your Reality
    • Reality Is Shaped by Forces beyond Our Control
  • Part II: Challenges Related to Worldviews
    • Everything Is One with the Divine; All Else Is an Illusion
    • Why Not Believe in Reincarnation?
    • If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?
    • If God Knows What We’re Going to Do, Then We Don’t Have Free Will
    • If God Predestines Some to Be Saved, What Choice Do I Really Have?
    • The Coexistence of God and Evil Is a Logical Contradiction
    • Why Would a Good God Send People to Hell?
    • Religion Is Nothing More Than the Human Wish for a Father Figure
  • Part III: Challenges Related to Christianity
    • How Can God Be Three and One?
    • Isn’t the Idea of God Becoming a Man Incoherent?
    • If Jesus Is God, How Could He Really Be Tempted?
    • The Genesis Creation Account Contradicts Contemporary Science (Part 1)
    • The Genesis Creation Account Contradicts Contemporary Science (Part 2)
    • How Could a Loving God Command Genocide?
    • Doesn’t the Bible Condone Slavery?
    • The Gospels Contradict Each Other
    • Old Testament “Prophecies” Are Taken out of Context in the New Testament

Praise for the Print Edition

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

The book is accessible to non-specialists, yet Copan clearly brings to each subject careful research and scholarly reflection.

J.P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, 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, professor and chair of the department of philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

Paul Copan writes with clarity, force, and insight about the credibility of Christianity.

Charles Taliaferro, professor of philosophy, St. Olaf College

Product Details

About Paul Copan

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. Previously, he taught at Georgia Perimeter College, Bethel Seminary, Alliance Theological Seminary, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of several apologetics books and the president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.


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