How Should We Disagree With Each Other?
by Bill Pratt
One of the most difficult things to do is carry on a rational and calm conversation with someone that disagrees with you. When I first started studying Christian apologetics, I figured that all I had to do was learn all the evidence for the truthfulness of Christianity and then tell people that evidence.
Boy, was I wrong! I have learned a great deal of that evidence through my seminary courses and also through the great past and present apologists, but often when I pass that information on, I find myself in a heated conversation where rationality has gone out the window.
One of the best apologists of our day is Greg Koukl of Stand to Reason. In a session at the apologetics conference last weekend, Koukl reminded the audience of some simple guidelines when conversing with someone who does not agree with you about Christianity.
First, he stressed that we must listen carefully. Instead of trying to talk first, listen and let the other person do the talking.
Second, when your conversation partner makes a claim with which you disagree, instead of attacking him, ask what he means by his statement. In other words, dig for more information and try to find out what the other person is really saying. Often, what you think he meant is not what he meant at all…
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