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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 doesn’t whitewash the bad behaviour of many Christians, but it also offers some helpful insights, theological context, and practical wisdom for how Christians can respond to this important challenge.

Sean McDowell , Professor of Christian Apologetics, Biola University, La Mirada, California Best–selling author and popular speaker

Christians are supposed to be new people, not just forgiven people; but they still sin, sometimes in scandalous ways. So how should Christians answer this objection, often raised in evangelistic settings? Dr. Mark Coppenger offers a strategy for doing so that is biblical, accessible, honest, and seasoned with wit and wisdom.

Thor Madsen, Professor of New Testament, Ethics and Philosophy, Midwestern Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri
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