Talking About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly: A Guide to Moral Persuasion, By Paul Chamberlain

Talking About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly

A Guide to Moral Persuasion

by Paul Chamberlain

Talking About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly
  • Length: 126 pages
  • Published: March 02, 2005
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 3268
  • ISBN: 9780830832682

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Abortion. Gay marriage. Euthanasia.

How do we talk about these issues in a pluralistic society?

The truth is that we often avoid such conversations in order not to offend others or appear "intolerant." But in doing so, we miss out on opportunities to influence others' views and make a real difference in the world. In Talking About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly, Paul Chamberlain offers a way out of this dilemma.

Drawing on his years of experience as a teacher of apologetics and ethics, Chamberlain leads us through the maze of obstacles we often encounter when trying to discuss moral matters. Combining keen insight with practical wisdom, he squarely confronts the reality of our culture's moral relativism, notions about "tolerance," fascination with new technologies and other challenges to moral discourse. Through helpful illustrations and sample conversations, he uncovers the real issues that lie behind these obstacles, and he offers practical strategies for getting past them without "getting ugly."

"Paul Chamberlain observes that though the moral landscape of our culture has changed, the moral dimension of human nature is inescapable. Discussions on good and evil often shed more heat than light, yet over the years I have witnessed Paul winsomely and meaningfully engage even the most hardened critic. He brings such experiences to bear in this book, giving us tangible tools for these necessary conversations."

Ravi Zacharias, international apologist, speaker and author of Deliver Us from Evil

"Paul Chamberlain is one of the most engaging writers I know. Anyone who can make me laugh, think and spur me to action all in one paragraph deserves my attention! This book will transform the way you think, the way you live and the way you engage a disengaged culture. Prepare to be nourished, amused and challenged."

Phil Callaway, international speaker and the author of Growing Up on the Edge of the World

"An outstanding book both sides need to read in this divisive moral culture. Chamberlain clarifies confusing concepts, uncovers needful foundations for a more civil and productive debate, and offers sage advice for would-be agents of cultural change."

Arthur Holmes, author and emeritus professor of philosophy, Wheaton College

"Chamberlain's book is useful and a good tool for group conversations."

Faith Today, January/February 2006


1. To Engage or Not to Engage: Risky Terrain Ahead
2. Redrawing the Map: Our Changing Moral Landscape
3. Techno-Peril: New Technologies, New Moral Dilemmas
4. Outposts in Our Heads: Understanding the Moral Confusion
5. What Is Truth? Tolerance and Truth in an Age of Pluralism
6. Keep Your Morals to Yourself: You Shall Not Impose
7. Where Have We Come So Far? Marking Our Foundations
8. Can I Make a Difference? The Battle for Change


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