Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl Download (read online) free eBook .pdf.epub.kindle

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver’s seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You’ll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously t
Alex

Jan 28, 2017

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“Tactics” is probably the best “intro to apologetics” book I’ve ever read. While not revolutionary in content, Greg Koukl changes the game in the way he presents academic concepts, all while encouraging Christians to speak to their opponents with grace.

He breaks the book into two parts: the first part is his recommendations for interactions, specifically, he recommends asking a lot of questions so you get a full understanding of what your opponent believes and how she came to those conclusions.

He breaks the book into two parts: the first part is his recommendations for interactions, specifically, he recommends asking a lot of questions so you get a full understanding of what your opponent believes and how she came to those conclusions. Half way through he shifts to the second part: using the methods he’s taught you to challenge other’s beliefs.

What did I like about this book? I like how he takes difficult concepts like The Law of Non-Contradiction and makes them simple and clear. Without using a single philosophical term, he takes some of the greatest tools of logic and debate and makes them palatable to any reader. The methods outlined and the reasoning behind them are fantastic.

So why only 4 stars? I felt the two halves of the book had the opposite problems. In the first part, he explains the concepts well but doesn’t show enough examples of what utilizing his methods looks like. In the second part, he does a great job presenting examples but doesn’t spend enough time fleshing out the reasons his examples work. Both sections are great, but he could have significantly increased the value of his book by expanding it just a little bit.

The other reason for 4 stars is somewhat more complicated. While Koukl is clear that his teaching should never be used to abuse or manipulate an opponent (his final chapter is all about this point), he doesn’t do a good job of answering WHY you shouldn’t do it. Instead of telling his readers not to use these tactics to abuse, I wish he had spent more time to clarify why it’s wrong for Christians to use these tactics in any other way than he recommends in the book.

Even with those critiques, “Tactics” is officially my go-to book for those who want to better understand apologetics. It’s clear, it’s easy to read, and it’ll set the foundation a Christian needs for interacting rightly in every kind of debate.

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Rachel

Aug 13, 2013

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I think this is an extremely easy to read and practical book that teaches how to winsomely use conversation and questions to talk with people about the Christian Worldview. I am hesitant to recommend a book by an author that is not presuppositional (because I am a very staunch presuppositionalist). I do not agree with everything in the book, and sometimes cringed at his non-presuppositional examples or philosophy. (I would compare him to Francis Schaeffer). I also can’t stand when the book uses

However, where the book focuses on the *practical* aspects of discussion with people, I have found it to be very helpful not only for evangelism, but for talking with Christians about doctrinal differences in a way that is non-confrontational, but that shows them the holes in their reasoning. I think this is a highly effective and necessary tool for Christians. There is overlap between a classical and presuppositionalist view of evangelism, as Greg Bahnsen noted in his debate over apologetics with R.C. Sproul Sr., and I think this book focuses on those areas.

If you’re curious, but not sold, watch this 5 min video to get a taste of what you’ll learn in the book:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfcdCq…
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