“Meta” Part 2 of 2: Intellectual Virtue

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Devotion, Philosophy, Religious Pluralism Leave a Comment

In the prior post I mentioned three criteria for evaluating religious truth claims: coherence, explanatory ability, and evidence. These criteria, however, are mere concepts. They don’t do any work in themselves. A crucial question then is, What is our part? What is our personal responsibility for properly utilizing the three criteria? The meta I’d like to suggest that our part …

“Meta” Part 1 of 2: Evaluating Religious Truth Claims

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Evangelism, Philosophy, Religious Pluralism 6 Comments

Meta: I’m trying in this series to get at how we think about issues. That’s different than examining the issues themselves. Hence “meta” — to think about our thinking. One day Mormon missionaries came to my door. I invited them in. I’ve always had an affection for the LDS (Latter Day Saints). They encouraged me to read the Book of …

Evangelism for All Time, Part 5: Front Door, Side Door (conversation skills)

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Part 4, “Reverse Evangelism” is here. In evangelistic conversation, start with the Side Door In witness, when you begin a statement with the words, “As a Christian, I . . . ,” you’re using the Side Door. That is, you’re telling something of your story and beliefs. You’re being testimonial. For example, you might say, “As a Christian, I pray …