Thursday, March 1, 2012

Testify, persuade, or proclaim?

The last post considered three forms of apologists, that have been dominant in the western world. In simple terms one might characterise the respective strategies as:

Simply proclaiming the Gospel

Using historical evidence to persuade others of the truth of the Gospel

Giving personal testimony about the Gospel.

Advocates tend to claim that one of these strategies is better or the only one that is Biblically based.

However, I think in different contexts one may be more appropriate than another. In some ways, a natural progression with an audience is to testify to create interest, to persuade to establish plausibility, and finally to proclaim.

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