PODCAST: Four Practical Dialogue Tips from My Conversation with Brent

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A couple years ago, I had a conversation with a student that I call Brent. This conversation became very useful as a teaching tool. He was a very interesting person and we had a long conversation that allowed us to cover a lot of material. I was also able to test some of my new ideas during this conversation. I wrote two blog posts about my conversation with Brent. This is the first.

Related Links:

  • Click here for the paper De Facto Guardian and Abortion
  • Click here for a speech Josh Brahm gave on the topic of responding to bodily rights arguments

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Circumventing Philosophy Hell

Keeping Your Conversations about Abortion Productive

Imagine you’re out hiking with a friend in the beautiful (and fictional) country of Florin, as depicted in The Princess Bride. You’re both clueless tourists but you’ve casually looked at some maps and you think you can handle yourselves. As you’re walking by a ravine, your friend points to a group of trees and says, “Hey, I think if we wander down the ravine and into those trees, we’ll save some time!” You agree, but start to get worried as you notice that what started out as a beautiful forest has turned into a terrifying swamp. Ten minutes later, you are both killed by Rodents of Unusual Size.

Now imagine an alternative scenario. Unlike your tourist friend, you’re a native to Florin, so you know about the parts of the country to avoid, such as the Fire Swamp. When your clueless friend suggests wandering into a dangerous area, you casually redirect him, and you both survive.

A conversation about abortion is surprisingly similar. There are plenty of useful topics to discuss, and plenty of tangents that, while they won’t cause you to get eaten, are really not a good use of time.

Some unhelpful tangents come up regularly because they’re fairly natural responses to some of the arguments I regularly use, and I have learned from experience that some of them should just always be avoided. This post is about a simple but effective way to avoid one in particular.

I am very fond of thought-experiments. I find so much success with them that most of my arguments wind up being backed up by some thought-experiment or another. For instance, if I’m arguing for the personhood of the unborn, I regularly offer the Zoo Shooting:

COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 18 – Should Women be Prosecuted if Abortion Becomes Illegal?

Every other Wednesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally, these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on releasing short clips from the episodes every Thursday, to give you a sense of what these podcasts are like.

In episode eighteen of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Tim, Rachel, and I discuss a question that is often used to critique the pro-life position, whether women should be prosecuted if abortion becomes illegal. You’ll certainly want to prepare for this question before you do a campus outreach.

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In these clips from the full episode, you’ll hear some of the discussion about misleading pro-choice rhetoric that is commonly associated with this topic.

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PODCAST: Live Q&A at Stonebridge Church (1 of 2)

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I spoke at Stonebridge Church in Charlotte last month after they finished going through the Equipped for Life Course, to offer some practical tips on relational apologetics and take their questions. This is the audio from the Q&A portion of that event.

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COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 17 – Example Dialogues: Pro-Life Tim and Pro-Choice Rachel

Every other Wednesday we publish a new episode of the Equipped for Life Podcast, available to everyone who purchases our course, “Equipped for Life: A Fresh Approach to Conversations about Abortion.” Generally, these podcast episodes won’t be available to the general public, but we plan on releasing short clips from the episodes every Thursday, to give you a sense of what these podcasts are like.

In episode seventeen of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Tim plays pro-life and Rachel plays pro-choice in an example dialogue.

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In this clip from the full episode, you’ll hear the first part of their dialogue.

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