Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion

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Presenting a distinctively and deliberately Christian philosophy of religion, Loving Wisdom addresses a wide range of topics and questions. Copan acknowledges the difficulties, mystery, and disagreement of religion, and instead of using the language of "proofs," he attempts to show how the Christian faith does a much more adequate job of answering a wide range of questions.
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Overview

Presenting a distinctively and deliberately Christian philosophy of religion, Loving Wisdom addresses a wide range of topics and questions. Copan acknowledges the difficulties, mystery, and disagreement of religion, and instead of using the language of "proofs," he attempts to show how the Christian faith does a much more adequate job of answering a wide range of questions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827221390
  • Publisher: Christian Board of Publication
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,108,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has written and edited a number of books related to the philosophy of religion.

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has written and edited a number of books related to the philosophy of religion.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     viii
Introduction     1
Kings and Priests     9
The Need for God     13
God
God Triune     18
Talking about God and Knowing God     25
The Attributes of God (I)     30
The Attributes of God (II)     43
The God of Truth     58
Creation
Proofs or Pointers?     70
Arguments for God's Existence     79
God-The Best Explanation     101
Science, Nature, and the Possibility of Miracles     111
Fall
The Problem(s) of Evil     124
The Hiddenness of God     135
Original Sin     139
Hell     146
Redemption
The Incarnation     154
The Cross of Christ     161
Jesus' Uniqueness and the Plurality of Religions     165
Re-Creation
Body, Soul, and Resurrection     176
Faith, Doubt, and Hope     182
Questions for Personal Reflection and Small Group Study     191
Notes     199
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  • Posted August 3, 2010

    Loved His Wisdom!!!

    Wow!! What a book. I met Paul Copan once at Alliance Theological Seminary and he is such a down to earth guy with a heavenly heart, mind and soul. This book has so much depth and insight that each chapter could take months to explore, mine and dialogue about. Copan sums up the book nicely, "A user-friendly, Scripture-engaging Christian philosophy of religion book-a kind of launching pad for Christian leaders, students, teachers in philosophy of religion as they think critically, instruct others, engage with non-Christians, and live their lives in God's presence." And what is great is that at the end of the book there are thought provoking study questions for small groups and personal reflection.

    I think Paul is brilliant and what I appreciate most about him is that he is not just a black-and-white, narrow-minded old-school fundamentalist philosopher who is ignorant of changing times and who leaves no room for questions, mysteries and further reflection and considerations. He is certainly conservative and opinionated but he is also in tune with contemporary philosophical issues such as those concerns brought up by feminist theology (which I like J). For example, part of the feminist critique of much conservative theology (or "human talk about human talk about God"), is that it tends to be marinated in deeply entrenched hyper-masculine, hyper-testoronic ideology. So for many people God is a male warrior God who watches UFC in his spare time and usually has stoic and monolithic tendencies. Copan, who I believe is conscious of the feminist critique and evangelistic short-sighted tendencies concerning the character of God writes, "And although male pronouns are used in many instances to refer to God, Scripture contains metaphors of God's motherlike actions and emotions as tender, care-giving, compassionate, and protecting: giving birth to Israel (Deut. 32:18); a nursing mother (Ps. 131:20; a mother in labor (Isa. 32.4); a mother bear and lioness (Hos. 13:8)" (p.24).

    Don't get me wrong this is not a liberal Christian Philosophy of Religion book by any stretch of the imagination but I did appreciate Paul's humility, openness, wisdom and sensitive writing style. Even though Paul is open, for example, saying that, "Despite some of its own incoherencies, postmodernism can teach us much" (p.60), he is not afraid to boldly say, "While skepticism, cynicism, and suspicion may define postmodernism or may characterize a Godless perspective, trust, and charity should be the Christian's stance (p.65).

    Overall, "Loving Wisdom" is a great book that I think should be a required text in every Christian Philosophy of Religion class. Paul Copan is brilliant, witty and his philosophical reflections always reflect the preeminence of relationships (with a triune God, each other and creation).

    For a slightly more detailed review, see: http://real4truthblog.blogspot.com/

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