Are You Prepared To Meet The Skeptic?
Author: Bill Foster
Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group (2012)
Format: Paperback Book (144 pages)
If you have ever been faced with a conversation with a skeptic, you have experienced an opportunity to communicate truth in Christ. For some, this can be a difficult or awkward experience, when the skeptic raises their objections. To others, it can be a competitive pursuit to win an argument. The ultimate goal for Christians, in sharing with skeptics, should be to achieve meaningful dialogue and communicate truth, that the Lord may use to draw the person into His truth. Paul exhorts Christians to have gracious answers to declare Christ to outsiders, and speaks of the wisdom that is needed:
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. -Colossians 4:2-6
Meet the Skeptic: A Field Guide to Faith Conversations is a practical guide to identify and respond to skeptics using real life scenarios and practical examples. Author Bill Foster provides four basic worldviews, with root ideas or false premises, that modern skeptics hold:
Spiritual - “Good works can get you to heaven.”
Moral – “People should decide for themselves what is right and wrong.”
Scientific – “The natural world is all there is.”
Biblical – “The Bible is man-made.”
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Foster details probing questions, which can be used in response to the various worldviews of the skeptics, to bring about a meaningful discussion. Foster shares the primary goal of communicating truth:
“Understand that our task is not to convert or even to convince them; it is to communicate truth. We can’t expect logical arguments alone to convert skeptics – only the Holy Spirit can do that. But when challenged, we need to be able to show that the biblical worldview makes sense, and that skepticism is a dead end when it comes to answering life’s questions.”
Meet The Skeptic: A Field Guide to Faith Conversations successfully demonstrates how to:
- Understand Root Ideas of various flawed worldviews
- Identify the Red Flag words which support the objections
- How to ask probing questions for meaningful dialogue
- Ways to communicate truth to impact skeptics for Christ
Meet The Skeptic: A Field Guide to Faith Conversations book and workbook are targeted for teens, college students, and adults. These resources are great for individual or group study.
Meet the Skeptic Website
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Disclaimer: This book was provided by New Leaf Publishing Group for review purposes. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.