What Do Peter Boghossian and Josh McDowell Have In Common?

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What do atheist professor Peter Boghossian and some top apologists, including Josh McDowell, have in common? Hint: it’s a teaching technique.

The one difference (it’s a big one) is that when it comes time to press on to the truth, McDowell stays on course, while Boghossian steers his listeners right off the track. See what I mean in my Worldview and You column this month at BreakPoint.

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6 Responses

  1. John Book says:

    I find it interesting that (at least here in the blogosphere) one can post links to other people doing some actual writing, add a bit of weak rhetorical spin, and call it a ‘series.’ Certainly, the dictionary definition of the word is clear and simple to understand; the word is not used incorrectly, exactly, but what is implied by it’s use is rather misleading. Adopting the language of actual journalism is as empty as the arguments your contemporaries employ. Oh, and it’s Dr. Boghossian.

  2. Tom Gilson says:

    John, who are the other people doing the “actual writing,” please? Are you referring to the actual writer responsible for the BreakPoint piece I linked to? Or the other articles in this series? I’m not sure who you had in mind.

    I’m also not quite sure where I got anything wrong by not specifying Dr. Boghossian in every instance. So I’m hoping you can help me by clarifying both these matters.

  3. SteveK says:

    A good friend of mine is also a Dr. and a professor, and when I call him by his first name only, he repeats this phrase — and we both have a good laugh.

  4. Tom Gilson says:

    So that you need not acknowledge it publicly yourself, John (since that might be awkward for you), I’ll go ahead and let you know the “other people doing actual writing” that I’ve linked to as parts of this series, as well as the BreakPoint article, are all, well, I mean, that is, all I can say is, thank you for the unintended compliment you’ve given me here for my actual writing.

  5. TFBW says:

    John Book has given us a demonstration of, “if you can’t tackle the substance of an argument, you can still nitpick the style.”

  6. Jim Christensen says:

    Mr. Book would seem to be trying to Poison The Well.