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If Christianity is So Good, Why are Christians So Bad?

If Christianity is So Good, Why are Christians So Bad?

Mark Coppenger
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It is reasonable to expect that the followers of Jesus Christ would exude the same sort of moral goodness that he did. But what does it mean to be good? What does it mean for the reality of the Christian faith that Christians fail to live up to the standards set by the Bible? Mark Coppenger engages with these questions.


Contents include:


A Few Questions About the Question

I Suppose We Asked For It

Some You Might Have Missed

The Bible Tells Me So

Are You Sure About That? The Problem of False Professors

Are You Sure About That? Doubtful Narratives

Who’s Counting?

Antibodies: Devotional and Congregational

Antibodies: Beyond Home and Congregation

Environmental Protection

The Rest of the Story


Each chapter includes a summary of the main points.


The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered is a Christian apologetics series which addresses ten commonly asked questions about God, the Bible, and Christianity. Each book, while easy to read, is challenging and thought–provoking, dealing with subjects ranging from hell to science. A good read whatever your present opinions.

Mark Coppenger

About Mark Coppenger

Mark Coppenger (BA Ouachita; PhD Vanderbilt; MDiv SWBTS) has taught at Vanderbilt, Wheaton, Elmhurst, TIU, MBTS, and SBTS. Having taught three dozen different courses through the years, he retired from Southern in 2019 as a Professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics. He’s been married to Sharon for 50 years, and they have three children and ten grandchildren.


  • Author: Mark Coppenger
  • Release Date: March 2022
  • Pages: 192
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527107748
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Bible Study > Theology > Anthropology
  • Series: The Big Ten


This book models concise expression, shrewd logic, clear organization, subtle wit, brutal honesty, graphic illustration, cultural savvy, and charitable characterization of opponents. It answers the title’s question as much by showing how to think about the matter as by seeking out best answers. 

Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Over the last 25 years whilst running Christianity Explored courses at my local church – All Souls, Langham Place – I have had to say on every course that the poet Swinburne said, ‘I would love Christ, where it not for his leprous bride, the church.’  I then plead with people to not allow their experience of so–called Christians in the church to stop them looking at Jesus.  This book will be a very helpful tool for us at All Souls with some people who come to investigate but have had their hearts broken by the behaviour of Christians they’ve known.  I’m so grateful for it and have already made a mental list of those whom I need to send it to.

Rico Tice, Author and Founder of Christianity Explored Ministries
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