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Persuasion Map: Theological Argument--Tips and Planning Guide


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Persuasion mapping a theological argument from the All Nations Leadership Institute, at 4501 West 127th Street in Alsip, IL.

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Persuasion Map: Theological Argument--Tips and Planning Guide

  1. 1. 1Persuasion Map: Constructing a Theological Argument (Draft) Remember: Identify your audience. To whom are you writing? Before you begin, target your reader and write to that person’s background. Explain according to spiritual maturity, doctrinal beliefs, academic ability and cultural understanding, but don’t stray from Scripture. Don’t assume. Various believers use different terminology to explain biblical concepts. Stay with biblical language, but explain it. The Amplified Bible is a reliable source that expands meaning of verses. Do not include bias. Scripture interprets Scripture. Do not go beyond Scripture. Your best reference is the Bible itself. Keep reasoning circular. Each reason with evidence should launch the next one, as well as connect to it. When you end with the last reason and evidence, you should be able to go full circle back to the first. Add depth. Go deep when you explain by adding cross referencing from within a book (innertexual) and from book- to-book (intertexual). Also, incorporate historical, geographic, political and social background information for the biblical passage/s as appropriate. (See the evidence gathering sheet for more ways to extract scriptural evidence.) Do your research. A good argument is based on a solid foundation of biblical research. You can’t explain what you don’t know. When you construct an argument, expect to spend at least one half of your time on biblical research. You will need to spend efforts organizing, analyzing, reflecting and writing about what you researched.Jan Paron@2011
  2. 2. 2 Gather Biblical Evidence(Consider such things as word study; innertexual/intertexual analysis, cultural elements (biblical geography/history/culture &biblical/material/social culture); etymology; cognates; grammar; context; conceptual/parallel cross references and literary elements/genre)11 Evidence gathering is based on the apostolic approach to interpreting the Bible. See David Bernard’s books, Understanding God’s Word: AnApostolic Approach to Interpreting the Bible and God’s Infallible Word, and also, Daniel Segrave’s, You Can Understand the Bible: Guidelines forInterpreting Scripture.Jan Paron@2011
  3. 3. 3PremiseReasons and EvidenceReason 1 Evidence Evidence EvidenceReason 2 Evidence Evidence EvidenceReason 3 Evidence Evidence EvidenceJan Paron@2011