Objectifying people

Here’s a great little article reminding us not to treat other people as objects or projects, even if we are pursuing the noble ambition of introducing them to Truth. Always engage in honest dialogue and value them for who they are, not what they believe (or disbelieve).

http://thegodwhounderstandsme.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/persons-objects-projects/

How Should Christians Respond to Atheist Friends?

Not too dissimilar to the book review I recently did (How to talk to a Skeptic) is this brief article on how to interact with Atheists.

http://stayintheconversation.org/rzimcanada/articles/how-should-christians-respond-to-atheist-friends/

As with any good advice on interacting with a particular group, a lot of the comments could apply equally well to talking with just about anybody you don’t see eye to eye with. Even if you are talking about something as seemingly unimportant and unspiritual as which bus route gets you to your destination, points 1 and 3 still apply, for instance.

(H/T to Poached Egg)

Critical Thinking videos

In Arguing with Friends I describe the importance of refining our critical thinking skills. Logic sounds boring until you have a better idea of what it’s about and how astoundingly useful it can be. Here’s a link to six videos introducing logic and explaining its usefulness. Take a gander.

http://www.thepoachedegg.net/the-poached-egg/2012/02/6-short-videos-for-teaching-critical-thinking.html

[By the way, some of what they say about science in later videos unfortunately borders on illogical based on what they had said previous to their comments on science. Just food for thought, the videos are still really good.]

How to talk to a Skeptic – book review

[I have written two blog entries on this book, the other at the WhyJesus blog. I look at this book from two perspectives in these two reviews.]

When I set out to write Arguing with Friends I made a decision that I second-guessed a lot. In fact, other people also questioned the wisdom of my decision. I wasn’t sure whether to merely focus on the “how” of having these kind of major worldview conversations, or whether to also include some basic data that a Christian can bring to the conversation. In other words, to what extent should I include some of the defence of the faith stuff – arguments for God’s existence, historical defence of the reliability of the Bible and so on – and to what extent should I just explain the difference between conversations you can be proud of and conversations you wish you could redo? I did end up outlining the various subjects that were likely to come up and where the reader could get more info, but I did not provide any answers or any data beyond some resources the reader could look up.

Donald J. Johnson’s book “How to Talk to a Skeptic” looks a bit like what I imagine mine might have looked like if I had spent more time on the subject of defining and defending the faith. Continue reading

Things we should say more often

Somehow I sincerely doubt the mini-President in this video came up with the script for “Twenty things we should say more often,” but it’s cute how he delivers the wisdom. And number 4 is particularly relevant to Arguing with Friends.

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11785/20-things-we-should-say-more-often.html

That’s a Great Question: What to Say When Your Faith Is Questioned

This book is temporarily free at Amazon Kindle. With such short notice I obviously have not had a chance to read it, but the basic premise sounds interesting, and it seems related to Arguing with Friends. Take a read and see what you think.

That’s a Great Question: What to Say When Your Faith Is Questioned

If you’re interested, here is the author’s Goodreads page. I didn’t see a website for the author, though I didn’t look very long. If somebody else finds it feel free to drop that in the comments. Also, any quick book reviews can be added there too.

Tim Keller – Reasons for God video series

Our church has purchased a subscription to Right Now Media. I started poking around in there and I found a video series by well-known pastor Tim Keller entitled “Reasons for God.” Right off the bat he impressed me with his video and I’m only one minute into the first one. Here’s why: Continue reading

Free book giveaway

It’s not Arguing with Friends but it sounds similar. I have not read Questioning your way to Faith so I am not explicitly endorsing it, but the basic premise sounds intriguing; like Arguing with Friends as a piece of fiction. And the subtitle, “Learning to disagree without being disagreeable” is spot on.

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/63080-questioning-your-way-to-faith-learning-to-disagree-without-being-disagr

If anybody reads it let me know what you think of it. The book giveaway draw ends on Sept 21 so this is a limited time deal. Act now!

By the way the author, Peter Kazmaier, sounds like kind of a cool guy. Take a read through his bio.

5 reasons we need difficult people

This brief article has some overlap with Chapter 4 in Arguing with Friends. There are some good reminders in here about why difficult people should not automatically be avoided. Sometimes they need to eventually be avoided, but not right off the bat. Instead, each difficult situation we find ourselves in provides opportunities for growth that people who are easy to talk to never provide. Continue reading