From the Publisher
Features & Benefits
* 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
From the Author
Why did you decide Christians needed a book like Why Good Arguments Often Fail?
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.