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When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics

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Guidance for those deep coffeehouse conversations about God

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?

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Overview

Guidance for those deep coffeehouse conversations about God

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.

"Classic Copan: thoughtful, respectful, well-reasoned, and ultimately persuasive. Open it up, grab a cup of coffee, and join the conversation!"--Lee Strobel, author, The Case for Christ and The Case for the Real Jesus

"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; host, Bible Answer Man broadcast

"I love this book. Its arguments--careful, logical, and most of all fair-minded--speak eloquently in our sound-bite world."--David K. Clark, lead pastor, Faith Covenant Church; professor of theology, Bethel Seminary

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Copan, a professor of philosophy and ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, submits 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: when is lying biblically acceptable? why does a sovereign god demand worship from humanity? how can Christians believe theirs is the only way to heaven? what does God have to say about homosexuality and same-sex marriage? 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, but some readers may not be up to the challenge of slowly digesting his thought-provoking, weighty explanations. (Aug.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801067433
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 591,879
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Copan (PhD, 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.
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Table of Contents


Introduction     9
Slogans Related to Truth and Reality
Why Not Just Look Out for Yourself?     15
Do What You Want-Just as Long as You Don't Hurt Anyone     22
Is It Okay to Lie to Nazis?     28
Slogans Related to Worldviews
Why Is God So Arrogant and Egotistical?     41
Miracles Are Unscientific     53
Only Gullible People Believe in Miracles     61
Don't People from All Religions Experience God?     67
Does the Bible Condemn Loving, Committed Homosexual Relationships?     77
Aren't People Born Gay?     94
What's Wrong with Gay Marriage?     108
Slogans Related to Christianity
How Can the Psalmists Say Such Vindictive, Hateful Things?     121
Aren't the Bible's "Holy Wars" Just Like Islamic Jihad? Part One     136
Aren't the Bible's "Holy Wars" Just Like Islamic Jihad? Part Two     144
Aren't the Bible's "Holy Wars" Just Like Islamic Jihad? Part Three     149
Was Jesus Mistaken about an Early Second Coming? Part One     162
Was Jesus Mistaken about an Early Second Coming? Part Two     174
Why Are Christians So Divided? Why So Many Denominations?     191
Notes     203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    When God Goes to Starbucks A Guide to Everyday Apologetics by Paul Cohan

    Paul Cohan's book When God Goes to Starbucks is as relevant for today as its title suggests Clearly, God goes to Starbucks each time a Christian enters Starbucks. The book addresses the reality of a society that seeks companionship or conversation in a coffee shop and outlines how God can be presented in conversations over coffee. The material is current and examples make reference to current movies, political realities when helping readers understand and respond to questions about warfare and jihad.
    The material in both readable and practical and is a guide to everyday experience in sharing convictions. The text outlines how to address logical errors in arguments in statments like "Do whatever you want as long as it doesn't hurt anyone". Copan draws on stories in scripture but also, previous experience and references to authors like C.S. Lewis or Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
    Information is presented in a clcar and logical way and summaries at the end of each chapter help the readers to remember and focus on ways to present a Christian worldview in a respectful way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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