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Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion

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Publisher's Summary

In the post-Christian context, public life has become markedly more secular and private life infinitely more diverse. Yet many Christians still rely on cookie-cutter approaches to evangelism and apologetics. Most of these methods assume that people are open to, interested in, and needy for spiritual insight when increasingly most people are not. The 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. Christians have often relied on proclaiming and preaching, protesting and picketing, but are strikingly weak in persuasion - the ability to talk to people who are closed to what is being said. Actual persuasion requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Guinness notes, "Jesus never spoke to two people the same way, and neither should we."

Following the tradition of Erasmus, Pascal, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Peter Berger, 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.

This book is the fruit of 40 years of thinking, honed in countless talks and discussions at many of the leading universities and intellectual centers of the world. Discover afresh the persuasive power of Christian witness from one of the leading apologists and thinkers of the era.

©2015 Os Guinness (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    R. Harbaugh 04-06-16
    R. Harbaugh 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Powerful and timely"

    Insightful in so many ways. You won't be disappointed. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know why much of our evangelism and apologetics might be ineffective.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 06-09-16
    Marcus 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great and helpful!"

    I think this is a very timely book that is approached with humility and strength. I found it highly profitable for my ministry. I think any Christian out there need to listen to this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Griffiths 09-23-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Os Guinness home run"

    Os Guinness has written another excellent apologetic book. In which, he explains to his readers why we, as Christians, are not doing a good job persuading un-Christians to re-think their belief system.

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    Trev and Steph 06-02-16
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    "Great book about Christian persuasion."

    Great book book about Christian apologetics and persuasion. very biblical and engaging! it is worth the read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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