When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics

Baker, 2008
ISBN: 9780801067433
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Overview

What do you say when someone raises tough objections to the Christian worldview, like

  • Why not just look out for yourself?
  • Isn’t it okay to do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone?
  • Is it ever okay to lie?
  • Aren’t some people born gay?
  • Do people really believe miracles happen?
  • Aren’t the Bible’s holy wars just like Islamic Jihad?

In When God Goes to Starbucks, renowned apologetics expert Paul Copan tackles these and other vexing questions. He offers wise and relevant answers that will not only help you clarify your own beliefs but empower you to articulate those beliefs to others.

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Key Features

  • Assists Christians in contending with controversial questions about faith
  • Examines each topic with a firm biblical stance
  • Explores the personal autonomy philosphy that inhibits conversation
  • Provides ample information on hot-topic themes

Contents

  • Part I: Slogans Related to Truth and Reality
    • Why Not Just Look Out for Yourself?
    • Do What You Want—Just as Long as You Don’t Hurt Anyone
    • Is It Okay to Lie to Nazis?
  • Part II: Slogans Related to Worldviews
    • Why Is God So Arrogant and Egotistical?
    • Miracles Are Unscientific
    • Only Gullible People Believe in Miracles
    • Don’t People from All Religions Experience God?
    • Does the Bible Condemn Loving, Committed Homosexual Relationships?
    • Aren’t People Born Gay?
    • What’s Wrong with Gay Marriage?
  • Part III: Slogans Related to Christianity
    • How Can the Psalmists Say Such Vindictive, Hateful Things?
    • Aren’t the Bible’s “Holy Wars” Just Like Islamic Jihad? Part One
    • Aren’t the Bible’s “Holy Wars” Just Like Islamic Jihad? Part Two
    • Aren’t the Bible’s “Holy Wars” Just Like Islamic Jihad? Part Three
    • Was Jesus Mistaken about an Early Second Coming? Part One
    • Was Jesus Mistaken about an Early Second Coming? Part Two
    • Why Are Christians So Divided? Why So Many Denominations?

Praise for the Print Edition

If you want sound apologetics made relevant—here it is! Copan provides clear, orthodox, practical, accessible, and necessary answers to questions that stymie seekers and galvanize skeptics against historic Christianity.

—Hank Hanegraaff, president, Christian Research Institute

I love this book. Its arguments—careful, logical, and most of all fair-minded—speak eloquently in our sound-bite world.

—David K. Clark, executive vice president and provost, Bethel Seminary

An excellent and comprehensive resource to help Christians contend with controversial questions about their faith. Copan writes eloquently and respectfully on social and moral themes. . . . Though each topic is approached with care, Copan does not flinch from a biblical stance and delineates each problem with exemplary thoroughness. Thoughtful readers will find great value in his approach to unpacking Christian slogans as related to truth and reality, worldviews and religious belief systems. He expertly unmasks the problematic ‘personal autonomy’ philosophy that makes ‘sweeping relativistic claims, but then tacks on absolute, inviolable standards at the end.’ Copan’s skillful approach to apologetics provides ample information on hot-topic themes.

Publishers Weekly

Copan does an excellent job. . . . His training in philosophy is evident, as he understands the issues well, and presents cogent and reasoned positions. Highly recommended for Christians who want to engage friends and neighbors in a winsome and respectful manner.

CBA Retailers + Resources

More than ever, tough questions from friends and neighbors naturally arise in relaxed conversations. . . . Copan offers readers solid and caring responses to these concerns. Each chapter provides a biblical stance with exemplary thoroughness and points for countering the questions people ask believers today. He expertly unmasks the problematic personal autonomy philosophy that makes sweeping relativistic claims, but then tacks on absolute, inviolable standards at the end. Copan’s skillful approach to apologetics provides ample information on hot-topic themes.

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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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