Fool's Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion
Our world is changing dramatically, yet many Christians still rely on cookie-cutter approaches to evangelism and apologetics. Most of these methods assume that people are open and interested in spiritual insight when increasingly most people are not. Our urgent need,...
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Our world is changing dramatically, yet many Christians still rely on cookie-cutter approaches to evangelism and apologetics. Most of these methods assume that people are open and interested in spiritual insight when increasingly most people are not. Our urgent need, then, is the capacity to persuade - to make a convincing case for the gospel to people who are not interested in it.
In his magnum opus, Os Guinness offers a comprehensive presentation of the art and power of creative persuasion. Following the tradition of Erasmus, Pascal, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis and Malcolm Muggeridge, Guinness demonstrates how apologetic persuasion requires both the rational and the imaginative. Persuasion is subversive, turning the tables on listeners' assumptions to surprise them with signals of transcendence and the credibility of the gospel. Discover afresh the persuasive power of Christian witness from one of the leading apologists and thinkers of our era.
Introduction: Recovering the Lost Art
Technique: The Devil's Bait
The Defense Never Rests
The Way of the Third Fool
Anatomy of Unbelief
Turning the Tables
Triggering the Signals
The Art of Always Being Right?
Beware the Boomerang
Charting the Journey
Conclusion: The Way of the Open Hand
Os Guinness was born in China and educated in England. He did undergraduate studies at the University of London and postgraduate work at Oriel College, Oxford, where he earned a D.Phil in the social sciences. Formerly a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Os is currently Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum in McLean, Virginia. Widely traveled, he has written or edited more than twenty books, including "The American Hour," "Time for Truth, "and "The Call," He makes his home in northern Virginia. "From the Hardc