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How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues [Kindle Edition]

Austen Ivereigh
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It is about winning friends, not arguments. It is about shedding light, not heat. It's about reframing the argument so hearts can be opened and minds can be inspired.

How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice is a new sort of apologetics. It is for those moments when you are thrust into the spotlight as the token Catholic whether the spotlight is simply at the office water cooler or whether it is front and center at the in-laws Thanksgiving celebration. How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice gives Catholics a fresh way of explaining the Church's teaching on contentious issues humanly, compellingly, and succinctly.

But this book does not pretend to suggest it is as simple as memorizing a speech. Every conversation is different. Every day's news cycle will bring new arguments and new challenges. Instead, it is a book about what the issues really are and where the criticisms are coming from so you can understand and communicate effectively.

It is the fruit of a group of speakers and experts brought together by a single idea: to make sure that Catholics and the Church were represented properly in the media when Pope Benedict came to visit the UK in 2010. Their original and thoughtful approach helped make that visit a triumph and now it can be expanded for a much broader use.

Whether read in groups or alone, studied in schools or parishes, How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice offers the same thorough briefings on hot topics and the same top tips for effective communication which helped make the project such a success.


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  • File Size: 527 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (April 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00852DDQS
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful
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When I heard Austen Ivereigh was writing a new book on apologetics, I was thrilled. Austen is the man responsible for "Catholic Voices", a mostly-lay evangelistic group based in England. The group was created during Pope Benedict's visit to the United Kingdom in September 2010 to ensure that Catholics and the Church were well represented in the media.

As in America, the English media tends to paint the Church in a bad light. Subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, it depicts the Church's views as archaic and oppressive, while interviewing angry anti-Catholics about the Church's own teachings.
Austen wanted to change that. So using his media background and expertise, he gathered several lay Catholics and trained them in both apologetics and media skills. The goal was to create Catholics who could articulate Catholic teaching in a reasonable, charitable way.

The group was a tremendous success. Before, during, and after the Pope's visit, the "Catholic Voices" crew was featured on radio, interviewed on television, and were even invited to several public debates. In many cases, they were able to shift the public perception of Catholicism and change hearts and minds.

Two years later, Austen has gathered everything they've learned from these exchanges into a new book titled, How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 144 pages). The book is a goldmine of tips and advice on reframing several of the most contentious Catholic issues.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, timely August 6, 2012
By Jack
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This book is an excellent addition to my library. The author eloquently and reasonably states the Roman Catholic Church's position on a number of issues that often cause conflict and emotional responses, such as same sex marriage and abortion. The author doesn't only focus on the Church's rationale for its positions on these issues, but he acknowledges the positive values that may cause those with differing views to contest the Church's positions. I especially appreciated that aspect of the author's book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential book for arguing with secular society December 24, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book was given to me by Our Sunday Visitor in exchange for an honest review. How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice is a brief study in Apologetics. Although, there are many subtopics under the umbrella of Apologetics, this book focuses on civil issues including politics, homosexuality, euthanasia, and abortion to name a few. Each of these topics and the many more in this book are all considered hot-button political topics, but the Catholic Church remains steadfast in her views.

Each chapter starts off with common questions or objections people have, such as "Why does the Church oppose allowing people to choose the time of their own death?" or "Why should the Church be allowed to discriminate against gay people when the law forbids it?" The author then takes the emotion out of this argument and explains why the Church teaches what it teaches. While Mr. Ivereigh is very thorough in his explanations, the summaries at the end of each chapter are my favorite parts of the book. Perhaps, that is just my preference for succinct answers though.

Overall, this book is an invaluable resource that deserves a spot on your shelf. You might still raise your voice, as these topics always can cause an emotional response, but this book will provide you better ammunition. Therefore, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. And might I also add that I think this book is an essential gift for the high school graduate. Your new "adult" will encounter a lot of liberal professors and peers in college and will need to know how to defend themselves against others and even self-doubt that could creep into their minds. Make sure to get a copy for them and yourselves.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book February 25, 2013
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How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot-Button Issues is a book that seeks to guide the average Catholic in defending his faith especially in relation to neuralgic topics - those issues that touch a nerve. In order to be a team of ordinary Catholics to speak to the media, Catholic Voices devised a 'method' prior to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK in 2010. Apologists need to not be defensive nor aggressive and 'reframe' the criticism of the Church or Her teachings by looking for the 'positive intention'

The book covers a wide range of topics from politics to pro-life issues to women in the Church. Each chapter begins with typical criticisms in the form of questions that many of us might hear in our ordinary day-to-day life. The positive intention is then offered along with pages of explanation and concluding with the existing frame, the reframe and key messages.

I found this book did a very good job of explaining nine neuralgic topics and the reasons the Church believes and teaches. I will be the first to admit I am not a very good apologist and living in the South run into more than my share of criticisms of the Church. Just this past weekend, someone asked me about the selection of the new Pope and I made a comment about it being a very prayerful decision guided by the Holy Spirit. Another individual at the table made a snide remark about pedophiles and I was tongue tied - I will be rereading Chapter 5: Clerical Sex Abuse.

How to Defend the Faith is a book I will come back to time and time again to refresh my memory on how to respond to criticisms of the Church. It's also an excellent resource for Catholic college students who want to evangelize on campus and for RCIA students.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Read
Easy and good read reporting on the experiences of Catholic Voices. Book is limited to very broad topics such as homosexuality, marriage, aids, pro-life, women in the church,... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mike CFL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by Amazon User
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not exactly what I was looking for, however, interesting reading.
Published 5 months ago by Mary L. Rizzon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well researched discussion points - very well done.
Published 5 months ago by steven John Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Marvelous!
Published 7 months ago by Matt Scaliisi
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic
This book is worth it just for the appendix. An instant classic. The breakdown of the neuralgic issues is also very well done.
Published 7 months ago by Fr. Roger J Landry
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read. good simple reasoned discussion ideas.
Especially liked the statement counter statement method of presenting defensive argument. It was great to conclude the book with a prayer.
Published 9 months ago by Kenneth Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Finding this tedious to read. Not what I expected. I would not recommend.
Published 10 months ago by Yvonne Perreault
5.0 out of 5 stars Understand Catholic teaching on tricky issues
Great book about understanding Catholic teaching on birth control, abortion, euthanasia, marriage, and more that are often misunderstood in today's world.
Published 11 months ago by B. Pruitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tool for the new evangelization
I would sum up the content of this book as a model for true interpersonal communication using the hot button Catholic issues as a framework. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rick Machado
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