Wednesday, December 16, 2009

When God Goes to Starbucks

When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics

Paul Copan recently wrote a great book on apologetics.

More than ever, tough questions from friends and neighbors naturally arise in relaxed conversations. In the relationships that I’m nurturing with seekers, more often than not, I end up having conversations about faith in neutral non-threatening locations. It is outside of the church building when tough questions are posed. Many of these emerge as slogans we are all familiar with:

Aren't people born gay?

When is lying biblically acceptable?

Aren't the Bible's holy wars just like Islamic Jihad?

Paul Copan, a professor of philosophy and ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has provided a resource for answering questions like these in a casual way. He offers readers solid and caring responses to these concerns. Each chapter provides a biblical stance with exemplary thoroughness and points for countering the questions believers are faced with 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, but some readers may not be up to the challenge of slowly digesting his thought-provoking, weighty explanations.

Copan realizes that it isn't about winning an argument. And all of this is to be done with gentleness and respect. Personally, I appreciated his emphasis in the introduction, "And when we are talking with people in pain or when people just want to tell their stories, we should be quick to listen and slow to speak (10-11).

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