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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: 224
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781527107748
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Bible Study > Theology > Anthropology
  • Series: The Big Ten


The bad behaviour of Christians is one of the leading objections raised against the Christian faith. Why are Christians such hypocrites? Why don’t Christians act more like Christ? This is a challenge Christians must address with both clarity and honesty. Mark Coppenger has risen to the task. 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

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. Previously I did not know of a great book treating this question. Now I do. I shall be recommending it to many, as well as assigning it for student reading – not least because it so clearly commends the sole means through which the undeniable Christian ‘bad’ may find solution

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