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Overview Answers to Today's Toughest Faith Questions "Well, that may be true for you, but it's not for me" is the rallying cry of our culture. It's one of many popular sayings put forward with no evidence: "All religions lead to God." "Who are you to judge others?" "Jesus was just another great religious leader." "Christians are so intolerant." Most Christians are left grasping for a response, and the conversation moves on without them. "True for You, But Not for Me" is a ready-reference handbook for answering our culture's latest objections to Christianity. It features: Brief answers to each argument Readable explanations on each subject Helpful introductory material to sets of similar anti-Christian slogans Study questions for individual or group use
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 1998
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764220918 ISBN13 9780764220913
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More About Paul Copan
Paul Copan (Ph.D., Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. He lives with his wife and five children in Florida.
Paul Copan currently resides in the state of Wisconsin. Paul Copan has an academic affiliation as follows - Palm Beach Atlantic University Palm Beach Atlantic University, USA Pal.
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True for You, but Not for Me Aug 3, 2005
**** Many people in the post-modern world would have you believe that there is but one absolute truth, that there is no absolute truth. All roads lead to God, if there is one, they say; and morals can be adapted to fit the current situation. However, in this book, those arguments are quickly revealed to be paper tigers. In a highly readable fashion, Mr. Copan defends the Christian worldview and all that goes along with it. In the end, you will reach the logical conclusion that truth is always true, no matter what. ****
Reviewed by Amanda Killgore, Freelance Reviewer.
Just more debate..... Sep 23, 2004
Paul Copan does it again. He turns the Christian faith into a debate/logic/philosophy class. More logic, logic, logic. Uuuugh....... Besides, having a pat and well-rehearsed response to everything a non-Christian says is not genuine faith, but ultimately bullyism. A Christian's response to a non-Christian must come from GOD, not from ONE'S OWN LOGICAL MIND. I'm pretty sure Moses did not say to God when He called him, "Uh, hey God, uh, I don't know what to say. Can I have a script or something? It would just sound more convincing if I could read off the paper and rehearse so I can get it just right and.....". God told him He would give to him the right words to say to Pharaoh. Debate and "proving" are ultimately wastes of time. The way to wisdom is by learning at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38), not from rehearsing and practicing pre-fabricated arguments in front of a mirror. Besides, when Christians spend inordinate amounts of time trying to prove theological matters to non-Christians, they actually lose credibility in that they sound like robots simply spewing forth pre-programmed statements. The book seems like so much philosophical circle-running. It's tiring to both the eyes and the brain to be able to absorb all of this anyhow. Christians simply need to pray and allow God to guide them into the truths of Scripture.
Simple logical flaw - and I include my name Aug 18, 2004
Here's an example - "If all religions lead to God, but some of them claim to be the _only_ way to God - isn't that a contradiction?"
If I choose to believe (notice, _I_ am choosing to believe) that all religions which teach certain beliefs which I hold as universal spiritual principles will lead to gnosis of the Supreme, the fact that the Denoberites believe that belief in Denoberite doctrine is essential to that spiritual development is irrelevant.
Or, to put it in real world terms - the doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church holds that salvation outside of that church is impossible. Lutheran Christians may (in all probability, do) hold a similar belief regarding their own church. If I believe that _both_ of them can come to know God and attain salvation - there's no contradiction on my end. If I throw Buddhists, Wiccans and Eckanckar-ists into the mix - likewise, no contradiction.
Similarly, the 'true for you, not for me' presupposes at least two different values of 'true'. From the point of view of a nonbeliever, a Christian's faith in YHWH is equivalent to an Asatruan's faith in Odin or Thor. Odin's existence is 'true' for the worshipper in the second case, but it's the same kind of 'true' as G-d's existence in the first case. Then there's the 'true' of 'it is true that water is wet.' The usual thing about writers like Copan that sticks sideways in my throat is the assumption that what _he believes_ is the second kind of true, whereas what other people believe is the first kind.
Hope that helps!
A unique approach Nov 24, 2002
Paul Copan's "True for You, but Not for Me" is a thought-provoking work that seeks to take an alternative approach to evangelism and theological discussions. In our day, relativism rules supreme, as every person feels their interpretation of reality is as valid as any other. Copan shows that it is difficult - if not impossible - to share Christ with those who have no desire to discuss Him on a level playing field of reason.
At the very heart of the book is the idea that there is absolute truth and that acknowledging this is essential for evangelization or any discussion that attempts to define "Truth". This book helps point out the lack of reason behind relativistic arguments. Fallacious logic and suspect beliefs systems are dealt with by showing people how to use logic to punch holes in relativistic thinking without having to know vast sections of Scripture. By taking Copan's clear reasonings to their logical conclusions one can create common ground for the sharing of the Gospel, increasing the likelihood of success.
Copan also includes excellent and reasonable ways to counter many of the harder arguments that many will raise with common sticking points in theology. For example, there is an extended section that addresses the question of how a loving God can send people to Hell who have never had the chance to hear the Gospel. Other questions on this same order of difficulty are discussed, with well-reasoned responses that will help Christians deal with the tougher questions they are often asked by those investigating Christianity.
The author's angle on evangelizing those firmly in the relativistic camp is simple, intelligent, and true to the idea that being logical and rational is part of calling oneself a Christian. Not a lot of Scripture here, since that is not the author's point. Getting to a common ground by dismantling resistance to even discussing the Bible is.
I liked the angle of the debate here and the call for greater logical thinking for Christians. The main flaw comes from the overuse of certain tactics of logic when another method of reasoning could be used - at times Copan seems repetitive. Another issue is not the fault of the book, per se, since while it is very helpful, it must be used to supplement, rather than supplant, a full knowledge of Scripture. Arguing logically is surely a help, but without a good command of the Bible all evangelism will fail. Discussing points logically can never get one to salvation - the Bible makes this clear ("Faith comes by hearing the word of God.")
So if you wish to have a logical approach to dealing with relativism and the difficult questions non-Christians ask, this is certainly an excellent source when used in conjunction with the Bible.
Reponse to Inerrancy Remark Oct 24, 2002
Personally knowing Paul Copan and having discussed his view of errancy, I'm writing this to clarify a remark made in an earlier review. Paul does believe in inerrancy, but he does not believe that you need to hold to inerrancy to see the reliability of the New Testament documents. This is the academic way of looking at all sources of literature whether you hold to inerrancy or not.
Future readers who approach this work should know that Copan's view of Christianity is a classically evangelical one.