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“True for You, But Not for Me”: Overcoming Objections to Christian Faith, rev. ed.

ISBN: 9781441254054



The world is intolerant of Christian beliefs. You’ve probably heard many of the anti-Christian comebacks and conversation-enders that refute the relevance and validity of Christianity, including:

  • “Who are you to impose your morality on others?”
  • “What right do you have to convert others to your views?”
  • “It doesn’t matter what you believe—as long as you’re sincere.”
  • “You can’t trust the Gospels—they’re unreliable.”

These comments don’t have to be conversation stoppers. Paul Copan offers you clear, concise, and thoughtful answers to these critical remarks in this revised and expanded edition of “True for You, But Not for Me.” He shows you how with “patience, practice, prayer, and God’s grace,” you can gently respond in ways that move into more meaningful conversations with those who object to your faith.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

  • Encourages meaningful and insightful conversation in light of difficult subject matter
  • Examines responses carefully based on rational foundations
  • Addresses common misconceptions about Christianity and faith
  • Part I: Absolutely Relative
    • “That’s True for You, But Not for Me.”
    • “So Many People Disagree—Relativism Must Be True.”
    • “You’re Just Using Western Logic.”
    • “Who Are You to Judge Others?”
    • “Christians Are Intolerant of Other Viewpoints!”
    • “What Right Do You Have to Convert Others to Your Views?”
    • “It’s All a Matter of Perspective.”
    • “Perception Is Reality.”
    • “That’s Just Your Opinion.”
    • “You Can Choose Whichever Religion You Want.”
  • Part II: The Absolutism of Moral Relativism
    • “Why Believe in Any Moral Values When They’re So Wildly Different?”
    • “Your Values Are Right for You, But Not for Me.”
    • “Who Are You to Impose Your Morality on Others?”
    • “You Can’t Legislate Morality.”
    • “It’s Arrogant to Say Your Values Are Better Than Others’.”
    • “Biological Evolution Explains Morality.”
    • “We Can Be Good Without God.” (I)
    • “We Can Be Good Without God.” (II)
  • Part III: The Exclusivism of Religious Pluralism
    • “All Religions Are Basically the Same.”
    • “All Roads Lead to the Top of the Mountain.”
    • “Christianity Is Arrogant and Imperialistic.”
    • “If You’d Grown Up in Thailand, You’d Be a Buddhist.”
    • “Mahatma Gandhi Was a Saint If Ever There Was One.”
  • Part IV: The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ: Myth or Reality?
    • “You Can’t Trust the Gospels—They’re Unreliable.”
    • “Jesus’ Followers Fabricated His Stories and Sayings.”
    • “Jesus Is Just Like Any Other Great Religious Leader.”
    • “But Jesus Never Said, ‘I Am God.’ ”
    • “People Claim JFK and Elvis Are Alive, Too!”
  • Part V: “No Other Name”: The Question of the Unevangelized
    • “It Doesn’t Matter What You Believe—as Long as You’re Sincere.”
    • “If Jesus Is the Only Way to God, What About Those Who Have Never Heard of Him?”
      • Response #1: The Agnostic View
    • “If Jesus Is the Only Way . . .”
      • Response #2: The Inclusivist (Wider-Hope) View
    • “If Jesus Is the Only Way . . .”
      • A Brief Critique of the Inclusivist/Wider-Hope View
    • “If Jesus Is the Only Way . . .”
      • Response #3: The Accessibilist/Middle-Knowledge View
Incisive and insightful responses to many of the most common misconceptions about Christianity and faith.

Lee Strobel, author of The Case for Christ

Copan’s careful exploration of the rational foundations of such slogans will be of great practical help to anyone who finds himself confronted with these challenges to the Christian faith.

William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

This book should be required reading in Christian high schools and colleges. And laypeople and parachurch ministries will profit greatly from its content.

J.P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

  • Title: “True for You but Not for Me”
  • Author: Paul Copan
  • Publisher: Bethany House
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Apologetics; Relativity
  • ISBNs: 9781441254054, 9780764206504
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-04-24T16:51:09Z

Paul Copan is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University and holds the Pledger Family Endowed Chair of Philosophy and Ethics. He has written primarily in the area of philosophy of religion, authored seven books about religious relativism and Science & religion, and edited eleven books in field of philosophy of religion and the historicity of Jesus Christ.


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