How to Talk to a Skeptic by Donald J. Johnson is a wonderful apologetic material. Over the years, I have read quite a bit of apologetic material and taken many classes. How to Talk to a Skeptic is a great “handbook” of information.
What I most appreciated about the book is how the author is quick to point out many times that the goal is not to win an argument with someone. Many times those who are skeptical of Christianity are rejecting it due to misconceptions of what Christianity actually is. Rather than jump into a debate to prove Christianity is correct, sometimes it is better to take a deep breath, step back, and answer the question the skeptic is really asking. In essence, he reminds the reader to be quick to hear and slow to speak.
I appreciated this because it really treats the skeptic with the honor s/he deserves. So often when Christians engage in debate, it can get heated or, at the very least, leave both sides frustrated. When a Christian takes the time to actually listen to what the skeptic is saying, it will likely lead to a more fruitful discussion, as well as give honor and respect to the other person.
Growing up in a Christian home, I’ve always “known” the truth. Reading materials such as this one, however, remind me of how important it is to be firmly rooted in what I believe and why. There are answers…reasonable, thought-out answers…for questions that are raised by both believers and unbelievers.
How To Talk to a Skeptic has left me feeling more equipped and encouraged to engage in profitable discussion with those who express concern or have questions regarding Christianity. It is easy to get frazzled while my mind is racing for the right answer…but the author’s calm, matter-of-fact style of writing is a good reminder that you don’t have to rush these conversations.
And, of course, the author gets extra brownie points for quoting Greg Koukl. 😉 My Dad and our family have been so encouraged by Mr. Koukl and his ministry for years!
Note: I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review.