February 20, 2009
I like the name. The way to get lost in debate is to simply answer any question that someone asks, then get into an argument about that question and answer. (We all do that on Think Christian, but it's good to stop and think about it). The way to move on to the heart of a discussion is to REFRAME THE QUESTION. For example, when someone mentions evolutionary biology, there is the inevitable "That's not in the Bible," which inspires the rejoinder "Then the Bible must be wrong." A Christian (or Jew or Muslim -- anyone who believes that "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth") who was really confident in their faith would ask "You say God did what?" A biologist lacking in prejudice against divinity would say "Are you sure its not in the Bible?" You may or may not reframe the same way I or any number of other participants would reframe, nor would any of us reframe exactly the same way, but we will have more fruitful discussions if we remember to reframe instead of react.
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