PODCAST: Sometimes It’s Not about the Argument

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In my early pro-life apologetics days I tended to think that changing someone’s mind about abortion was primarily about making good arguments, being clear, being fast on your feet, and maybe having a little bit of relational skill. The more that I actually have dialogue with other people, the more I realize that it’s the opposite. Changing someone’s mind about abortion involves primarily relational work with a little argument thrown in there.

This piece came out of my processing this reality and deciding to expand on the idea.

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COURSE PODCAST CLIP: Episode 13 – Follow-Up Questions About the Results-Oriented Episode

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 thirteen of the Equipped for Life Course Podcast, Tim and I follow up on a previous episode about results-oriented reasoning.

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In these clips from the full episode, you’ll hear Tim clarify his view by offering definitions and responding to questions.

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Josh Brahm and David Bereit will be the keynote speakers at an awesome pro-life conference in Maryland this Saturday! Josh will equip you to make a persuasive case for life and David will speak on how to effectively coordinate with other pro-life advocates to make the biggest difference in your area! Afterwards, Josh and David will sit on a panel to take YOUR questions! We’re really looking forward to this event and would love to meet you on Saturday! Click here for more information and registration instructions: http://bit.ly/2lxBfiJ

PODCAST: Richard Dawkins Retweeted My Article, and What We Can Learn From That

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This is a short follow-up piece to the article I wrote about Richard Dawkins and his views on abortion and Down Syndrome that I read in last week’s audio blog. The response that we got from that piece when it was published was quite remarkable, so I use it as a case study for some of the things we talk about. Being extra intentional about understanding people and having clarity before responding to their views can make a huge difference for how pro-choice people respond.

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Four Practical Tips for Responding to the Burning Fertility Clinic

A pro-choice argument in the form of a series of arrogant tweets recently went viral. You would think that with all that bravado, there would have been something new or interesting, but, no, it was just the same argument that has been around for decades. Disappointing as the argument was, I did find it interesting that, the last time I experienced this argument on a college campus, the person making the argument had a similar aggressive tone.

For some reason, pro-choice people tend to think this argument demolishes the pro-life view, so it’s important to be ready to respond to it efficiently (meaning you need to focus on just a couple of disanalogies, not all of them) and persuasively (meaning you need to convince them that you aren’t just weaseling out of a problem with your view).

Timothy Brahm responding to the burning fertility clinic argument.

Tim talks with Ann (mostly obscured) with two pro-life volunteers watching.
Photo credit: Justice For All. Used with permission.

Here’s what I did at a Justice For All outreach at UCLA in May of 2016. (You can find much of what I did in Robert George and Christopher Tollefsen’s book Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, which I highly recommend. Robert George also wrote this excellent article recently.)

Ann: So if life begins at conception, what would you do if you were in a burning fertility clinic and you had to choose between saving a born baby and ten frozen embryos?

Tim: That’s a great question and I’m happy to answer it, but it’s a good example of the principle that it’s easier to ask a hard question than it is to answer it. Are you willing to give me a few minutes to answer, or are you just trying to trap me?