Reviewed by Karri Compton
When God Goes To Starbucks by Paul Copan
"...would serve as a valuable reference to keep handy should the opportunity arise to discuss any of the issues raised within."
Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a deep coffeehouse conversation about God. Whether it was in a coffee shop, a college dorm, a living room, or a Sunday School class, most of us have asked or tried to answer the problematic questions of life that relate to God, worldview, and morality.
Cohan calls his book a “daily guide to apologetics,” but I’m not sure how many of us could use these complex arguments on a daily basis and make them understandable. That said, I think it would serve as a valuable reference to keep handy should the opportunity arise to discuss any of the issues raised within.
Some of the more common statements I’ve heard repeatedly that are addressed in this work are: 1) It’s okay to do whatever you want as long as you don’t hurt anyone, 2) Some people are just born gay, and 3) Only gullible people believe in miracles. Excellent points are made on these and all discussed subjects, most of which are comprehensible to one of average intelligence.
Of all the topics covered, I found particularly interesting the author’s explanation of why there are so many denominations, effectively dividing Christians. He cautions the reader to focus on what unifies us instead of what separates us. He also rightly states that truth is not undermined by hypocrisy and that we must look at the fruit which accompanies the Christian life to see whether professing Christians are genuinely and consistently Christian.
Our faith, based on God’s revelation to us through Christ, is more intellectually satisfying than other religions. As our society becomes more godless and less welcoming to the Christian faith, apologetics is important. Peter writes in I Peter 3:15: “…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” This book will help you do just that.
Paul Copan has written several other “coffee-shop” books including True for you, but Not for Me: Deflating the Slogans that Leave Christians Speechless and That’s Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith.
Compton, wife and mother of three teens, two cats, and a beagle, devours Christian
fiction whenever possible. Her favorite genre is suspense/thriller, especially
Ted Dekker and Steven James novels. Since promoting biblical worldview fiction
is dear to her heart, she reviews on her blog, Fiction
Fanatics Only! and is
a staff reviewer for such sites as The Christian Suspense Zone and Fiction Addict.
Her stab at writing a novel confirmed what a tough job it is, and so the work
is shelved for now, allowing the pros to do what they do best. When she isn't
reading and reviewing, Karri stays busy at church and performing in various community