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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for equipping yourself, 17 Oct 2005
Oliver Lea "Oli Lea" (Portsmouth, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: That's Just Your Interpretation (Paperback)
I started on ropey ground with this book. It's basically a follow up to Paul Copan's "True for You but Not for Me", which dealt with the most common objections to Christianity. This carries on in the same vein, but being a follow up, the objections it retaliates against are probably not ones you hear so often, and are certainly more 'specialised'.
It starts off talking about the issue of truth and reality, in particular the monist idea of all things being one with all other things, or the idea of each person forming their own personal reality. Quite a lot of the book is dedicated to these ideas. One feels that Copan addresses this largely because he has spent a lot of time in India, exposed to Hindu and Buddhist-type cultures, whereas many of his readers may never come across this worldview.
Later in the book he deals with issues regarding the accuracy of the Bible, in particular the interpretation of fulfillment of prophecy. This is where he really impressed me, as his knowledge of theology and his own understanding of the Bible interpretation is clearly excellent. His reasoning is pretty watertight, although where there are weaknesses and gaps, he acknowledges these and shows them to be parallel to similar weaknesses in the skeptics arguments. Though, to paraphrase his own words, he does not encourage "using a false argument to counter a false argument".
Probably the last few parts of the book are the most useful to the everyday western Christian, but if you read the book from cover to cover, as I did, you do feel that you've equipped yourself with a number of good arguments against the various slings and arrows the skeptic might throw at you. Even if you may never come across some of the objections ever in your life.
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That's Just Your Interpretation by Paul Copan (Paperback - 1 Jan 2001)
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