Monday, October 20, 2008

Paul the Apologist

Henry Chadwick, cited by Michael Green in Evangelism in the Early Church, p118.
"Paul's genius as an apologist is his atonishing ability to reduce to an apparent vanishing point the gulf between himself and his converts and yet to "gain" them for the Christian gospel"
Paul had "as much common ground as possible with his audience - even while he is at work undermining their position" (Green, p192). This is a skill I want to develop. 

Tim Keller on deconstructing defeater beliefs is a helpful example. "The leading defeaters must be dealt with clearly and quickly but convincingly. Defeaters are dealt with when the person feels you have presented the objection to Christianity in a clearer and stronger way than they could have done it."