I asked Rebecca Haschke from Justice For All to join me for a practical dialogue tips session at the 2017 Students for Life of America conference in D.C. so that we could spend the last part of the session doing a mock dialogue!
Josh Brahm – Tip 1: Ask Lots of Clarification Questions – 00:00
Josh Brahm – Tip 2: Don’t Make Arguments with Question Marks – 05:25
Rebecca Haschke – Tip 3: Listen to Understand – 08:03
Rebecca Haschke – Tip 4: Find Genuine Common Ground When Possible – 22:51
Josh Brahm and Rebecca Haschke – Mock Dialogue – 28:05
My thinking on this subject is heavily influenced by my friend Trent Horn at Catholic Answers. Trent has done a lot of research and great thinking on this subject, and the material I presented is largely based on what Trent has written on the subject that I subsequently agreed with.
After arguing that we should treat both mother and child as patients and that in late-term situations, we can usually save both, I explain that there are still some cases where we cannot save both, particularly in tubal pregnancies.
I respond to the concern that tubal pregnancies aren’t really that risky, and offer a real-world example when it was also justified to put an innocent human being’s life in perilous risk.
I was asked to give an apologetics speech at the Students for Life of America 2014 West Coast National Conference. I was given a title, “I’m Pro-Life, But…” that I was allowed to do anything I wanted with, so I chose to respond to these four common statements and questions:
“I’m pro-life, but people tell me I come across like a jerk. What can I do about that?”
“I’m pro-life, but I don’t know how to convince people that abortion is wrong.”
My pastor, Matt Troupe at Free Grace Church in Clovis, asked me to join him for some Q&A after his Sanctity of Life sermon. The questions were texted in by the congregation during the sermon, and appeared on the screen for us to answer.
Do you think we abortion will be criminalized in our lifetime? This generation seems to be so much more narcissistic than the one Wilberforce faced.
How do you talk to someone who feels they have or had no choice but to get an abortion? (Not someone who was pressured.)
Isn’t there a proper place for shame in society? Isn’t sin shameful? Where’s the balance?
What are your thoughts about how little we value children compared to Bible times?