Winsome persuasion : Christian influence in a post-Christian world


Winsome persuasion : Christian influence in a post-Christian world



School of Fine Arts and Communication


How are Christians viewed in the broader culture? We blush at the possibilities. Brainwashed fanatics? Out-of-touch dogmatists? Buffoons? The task of bearing faithful witness to Jesus is complicated by persistent―and not altogether baseless―cultural stereotypes. In our post-Christian society, thoughtful Christians are considering again how to engage the dominant culture as a minority, a counterpublic, amid varying perceptions and misperceptions. In this timely book, Timothy Muehlhoff and Rick Langer ask what our interactions with the dominant cultural ethos should look like. How might we be persuasive and civil at the same time? How should we respond to those who ridicule and caricature us? How can we challenge the beliefs of other communities with love and respect? Muehlhoff and Langer present a model for cultural engagement that integrates communication theory, theology, and Scripture. Penetrating, wise, and relentlessly practical, it includes test cases and examples from history, such as William Wilberforce and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Now more than ever, Christians need what Winsome Persuasion offers: a compelling vision of public engagement that is both shrewd and gracious.


Persuasion (Psychology), Communication, Influence (Psychology)



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IVP Academic


Downers Grove


Christianity | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Other Psychology


Pt. 1: Laying a theoretical foundation -- What is a counterpublic- historical sketch 1: Saint Patrick and Irish civilization -- Counterpublics in the argument culture -- Credibility of a counterpublic- historical sketch 2: Jean Vanier and L'Arche -- Pt. 2: Engaging others -- Crafting your message -- Delivering your message-historical sketch 3: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom's Cabin -- Loose connections: forging unlikely partnerships-historical sketch 4: William Wilberforce and Parliament -- Pt. 3: Pressing questions for Christian counterpublics -- How should we respond to the Supreme Court Decision on same-sex marriage? / Tim Muehlhoff -- How should we respond to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage? / Richard Langer -- Engaging each other: a guided conversation.

Winsome persuasion : Christian influence in a post-Christian world