How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: Civil Responses to Catholic Hot Button Issues

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612785387
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 245,235
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chapter 1 The Church and Political Life 12

Chapter 2 Homosexuality and Contraception 28

Chapter 3 Equality and Religious Freedom 43

Chapter 4 Assisted Suicide 58

Chapter 5 Clerical Sex Abuse 71

Chapter 6 Defending the Unborn 91

Chapter 7 Catholics and Aids 107

Chapter 8 Keep Marriage Conjugal 122

Chapter 9 Women and the Church 138

Chapter 10 Ten Principles of Civil Communication 153

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