PODCAST: Dialogue Tip: Tell Them That They Can’t Offend You

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Millennials are terrified of offending people.

They are surrounded by a world of trigger warnings and microaggressions. They worry that they’ll be shouted down if they say something that could be perceived as racist, sexist, homophobic, or somehow bigoted. They also really don’t want to be any of those things. Fair or not, many have gotten an impression of pro-life activists that we are ready to yell at them or hit them with a Bible if they set us off.

Put all of those things together, and you have a recipe for dialogue roadblocks. I hate dialogue roadblocks. This post is about how to improve your dialogues with people who are worried about offending you.

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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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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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PODCAST: Understanding What Richard Dawkins Actually Believes About Abortion and Down Syndrome

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Several years ago, Richard Dawkins tweeted something that became very controversial and blew up in pro-life and pro-choice circles. He was attempting to explain why, given the choice, he would abort a baby with Down Syndrome. Dawkins published a very helpful article the following day, apologizing and explaining his views more clearly.

This audio blog is a piece I wrote attempting to help pro-life people better understand where he is coming from as well as how better to refute his argument. I think trying to get into Dawkins’ shoes will be a good exercise because if we’re going to refute a bad idea, we really need to understand it first. We need to refute the strongest version of an argument if we’re going to offer the strongest possible refutation.

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