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"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.
"The book is accessible to non-specialists, yet Copan clearly brings to each subject careful research and scholarly reflection."
J. P. Moreland, 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, Loyola University of Chicago
"Paul Copan writes with clarity, force, and insight about the credibility of Christianity."
Charles Taliaferro, St. Olaf College
|Part 1||Challenges Related to Truth and Reality|
|1||It's All Relative||25|
|2||That's Just Your Interpretation||30|
|3||That's Just Your Reality||35|
|4||Reality Is Shaped by Forces beyond Our Control||41|
|Part 2||Challenges Related to Worldviews|
|5||Everything Is One with the Divine; All Else Is an Illusion||49|
|6||Why Not Believe in Reincarnation?||60|
|7||If God Made the Universe, Who Made God?||69|
|8||If God Knows What We're Going to Do, Then We Don't Have Free Will||74|
|9||If God Predestines Some to Be Saved, What Choice Do I Really Have?||84|
|10||The Coexistence of God and Evil Is a Logical Contradiction||90|
|11||Why Would a Good God Send People to Hell?||101|
|12||Religion Is Nothing More Than the Human Wish for a Father Figure||110|
|Part 3||Challenges Related to Christianity|
|13||How Can God Be Three and One?||121|
|14||Isn't the Idea of God Becoming a Man Incoherent?||127|
|15||If Jesus Is God, How Could He Really Be Tempted?||138|
|16||The Genesis Creation Account Contradicts Contemporary Science (Part 1)||144|
|17||The Genesis Creation Account Contradicts Contemporary Science (Part 2)||154|
|18||How Could a Loving God Command Genocide?||161|
|19||Doesn't the Bible Condone Slavery?||171|
|20||The Gospels Contradict Each Other||179|
|21||Old Testament "Prophecies" Are Taken out of Context in the New Testament||188|