This book is basic, small, and simple, but it packs a very powerful punch. Copan has a way of writing that cuts to the chase. The whole book is designed to first presenting common "slogans" or misconceptions about certain things (i.e. all truth is relative), and then Copan systematically deflates each misconception or falsity. The thing I think I like most about the book is its simplicity. When I say simplicity, I don't mean unintelligent. I mean Copan can take fairly complicated ideas and make them easily understood (that takes talent). Thus, this book will enjoy a wide variety of readers. Moreover, Copan, for such a brief work, covers a lot of material. Copan discusses things such as the absolute nature of truth, moral relativism, exclusivity and religious pluralism, the person Jesus, and the reliability of the gospels. This is a very handy "ready reference" work for those who have found themselves wondering, "how can I respond to that objection or comment?"
Are some of you people out there who are giving negative reviews even paying attention to what Paul Copan is saying? This book is not a straw man attempt at refuting Atheism, but rather a well thought out critique of Relativism, which is something that many Atheist could learn from. Although the writer is Christian, this book was not an attempt to establish a case for Christianity or any other Worldview, but rather a well reasoned defense of a necessary presuposition of rational thought; "Some things are true for everybody." If someone wishes to rate this book low, please do so on the basis of what the Author's intentions were in writing the book. The Author is not trying to give fleshed out arguments for the Existance of God and he doesn't have the space to grapple with the important and sensitive topic of how we deal with people who sincerely hold to non-Christian religious belief. So don't criticize him for not touching on these issues. Overall, this is an excellant book!!