* Shows why good arguments may fail to persuade
* Gives advice on understanding your audience
* Gives advice on strengthening your argument
* Includes an annotated bibliography of resources
James Sire: The besetting sin of a Christian witness is to believe that if a Christian frames the case for Christ well, those addressed will have no reason to reject its conclusions and will readily accept Christ. In other words, good apologists win every argument they have with non-Christians. This is just not so. And thinking it is leads to frustration, discouragement and, worse, an attack on the moral character of those they have tried unsuccessfully to persuade. One of the subtitles I toyed with was An Antidote for Discouraged Apologists.
On the positive side, I wanted to help Christians hone their skills at arguing well. The book contains examples of both successes and failures.
Excellent book about apologetics. We learn again that unless the Spirit goes before us and convicts it is so hard to get someone to see the flaws in their reasoning even if we... Read morePublished 5 months ago by CJB
As an avid reader of apologetics material, I was hoping this book would be similar to Greg Koukl's Tactics. However, Sire fails to cogently defend the Christian religion. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Solas
Ever wonder why your argument falls on deaf ears? This text is a great place to start to understand why this occurs from a biblical and rational point of view.
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If you are pursuing a Master's degree, this book is a must. Give it to your young adults, give it to your friends. Great coffee table discussion book. Women, read this now! Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by S. Iris B.
This book is not about the specific arguments of Christian apologetics, but about the weaknesses in human nature that prevent the apologist from making his case. Read morePublished on June 25, 2009 by Ronald C. Payne