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John G. Stackhouse

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138074.001.0001

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Guidelines for Apologetic Conversation

Guidelines for Apologetic Conversation

(p.161) 10 Guidelines for Apologetic Conversation
Humble Apologetics

John G. Stackhouse (Contributor Webpage)

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Outlines a number of practical applications of the concern to be audience specific in one's apologetical conversation. The apologist ought to express both sympathy and modesty by listening to and understanding one's neighbor and only then offering the gospel as a gift, without demanding a particular response. The apologist also ought to treat the subject matter with the seriousness appropriate to it as well as undertake the difficult work of teaching the subject matter rather than just preaching it. The apologist will utilize both a minimalist approach (focusing on the main issues rather than getting lost among secondary particulars) and the maximalist approach (offering all she can that will interest her audience). Other important principles discussed are clarifying the most important questions; focusing on Jesus; reading the Bible; praying without ceasing; remembering process as well as crisis; worshiping God; and, finally, trying the side door – as chapter eleven illustrates.

Keywords:   Bible, Jesus, listen, maximalist, minimalist, offer, pray, seriousness, teach, worship

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