I have recently been going through a book called Tactics, by Gregory Koukl. This book is designed to equip Christians with tools to effectively engage in meaningful conversations. The goal is to tactfully and strategically point people to Jesus, or to at least get them thinking about how sound their worldview and beliefs actually are. With this in mind, Koukl proceeds in discussing some of the key tactics that will help in achieving this intended purpose.
One example mentioned in the book where these tactics are essential is this: If you had a child who was wrestling with certain aspects of belief, and then at a large family dinner they suddenly said, "I no longer believe in God, because science has disproven God." What would you say? If anything. How would you handle the situation in a way that doesn't make it awkward for your guest but doesn't let the comment go unaddressed?
Koukl proceeds to give multiple simple tactics to address various situations like this. I have only read up to the first one so far, the "Columbo" tactic, teaching the reader how to remain in calm control of the conversation by asking questions like, "What do you mean by that?", and, "How have you come to believe that?" These questions help the person begin to think through what they actually believe as they try to clearly articulate their views.
On top of this, it helps you to be clear about what they actually believe, and in light of that, how to respond accordingly. One of the questions that we could ask in the situation mentioned above is, "In what ways has science disproved God?" This helps you not to go on the defensive but rather force them to defend their assertion. Since science deals with natural phenomenon, and proving or disproving God would tend to deal with the supernatural phenomenon, they should scarcely be able to defend the antithesis.
Though I have not yet read the whole book, I would highly recommend every Christian who is serious about fulfilling the great commission and God’s call on their life to pick up a copy of this book. If the final chapters are anywhere near as solid as the first then I highly suspect that this book will have my full endorsement.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Kyle Royal, Pastoral Intern