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Rules of Rhetoric or How to Win an Argument Without Even Trying
Every day we evaluate claims to decide which we believe and which we do not. It’s fundamentally the same process when we are engaged in dialogue online. We Christians, as followers of the truth, should be better at reasoned dialogue than anyone:
In this episode we cover:
* Assessing Arguments
b) Ground (proposition, topic, thesis, criteria)
c) Burden of Proof
d) Model of Persuasive Communication (Toulmin)
1. Claim: Your proposition
2. Warrant: Logical link
3. Evidence: Data
4. Example: Trinity
Claim: God is triune. One God, three persons.
Evidence: Is. 43, Jn 1, 8, Acts 5, Mt. 3, Gen 1.
Warrant: Scripture is not contradictory.
a) Reasonable doubt
b) Poke holes
c) Muddy the waters
Example: Trinity Counter
Warrant: Scripture is incorrect
Evidence: Verses mean something else
III. Assessing Arguments
a) Criteria: Preponderance of Evidence, Cost Benefit
b) Non-Unique: Applies to both sides
c) Impact: Effects
d) What’s Your Alternative?
IV. Fallacies: 4 of the Most Common
a) Ad Hominem (to the man), Poisoning the Well
b) Hasty Generalization
c) Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
d) Straw Man
Example: The Euro has Failed.
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