How to defend faith without raising your voice

by | Jul 23, 2012 | Church | 1 comment

It is about winning friends, not arguments. It is about shedding light, not heat. It’s about reframing the argument so hearts can be opened and minds can be inspired.

How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice is a new sort of apologetics. It is for those moments when you are thrust into the spotlight as the token Catholic whether the spotlight is simply at the office water cooler or whether it is front and center at the in-laws Thanksgiving celebration. How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice gives Catholics a fresh way of explaining the Church’s teaching on contentious issues humanly, compellingly, and succinctly.

But this book does not pretend to suggest it is as simple as memorizing a speech. Every conversation is different. Every day’s news cycle will bring new arguments and new challenges. Instead, it is a book about what the issues really are and where the criticisms are coming from so you can understand and communicate effectively.

It is the fruit of a group of speakers and experts brought together by a single idea: to make sure that Catholics and the Church were represented properly in the media when Pope Benedict came to visit the UK in 2010. Their original and thoughtful approach helped make that visit a triumph and now it can be expanded for a much broader use.

Whether read in groups or alone, studied in schools or parishes, How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice offers the same thorough briefings on hot topics and the same top tips for effective communication which helped make the project such a success.

1 Comment

  1. jbf

    Susan Stabile invites everyone to make three assumptions about everyone else in the room:

    1. Assume that everyone in this room is here to serve the greater good, until proven otherwise.
    2. Given the above assumption, we therefore assume that none of us has any hidden agenda, until proven otherwise.
    3. Given the above assumption, we therefore assume that we are all reasonable even when we disagree, until proven otherwise.

    The value of his suggestions in a work situation is self-evident. But it also seems clear to me that this advice has value and application outside of business meetings.

    Just think about what our political and public discourse might look like if we all approached each other with these assumptions. Why not give it a try?

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