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Persuasion Mapping: Constructing a Theological Argument


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Persuasion Mapping: Constructing a Theological Argument

  1. 1. Persuasion Mapping<br />Constructing a Theological Argument<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />1<br />
  2. 2. “Christian theology is best understood as persuasive argument” (Cunningham, 1993).<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />2<br />
  3. 3. Theological Argument:Deductive<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />3<br />A theological argument is a type of reflection. It states a premise and argues for it. <br />Writing the argument involves researching, deconstructing, organizing, analyzing and persuading, as well as reflecting on cultural context. <br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Premise<br />Supporting Evidence 2a<br />Supporting Evidence 1a<br />Supporting Evidence 3a<br />Persuasion Map Overview<br />Step 2:<br />Select critical reasons that substantiate the premise.<br />Reason 1<br />Reason 2<br />Reason 3<br />Step 3<br />Gather, analyze & provide scriptural support for each reason.<br />Supporting Evidence 2b<br />Supporting Evidence 1b<br />Supporting Evidence 3b<br />Step 1: <br />Write the premise.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />
  5. 5. Step 1: State the Premise<br />The premise is a statement that describes the scriptural position you will argue.<br />Make it succinct and unambiguous.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />5<br />
  6. 6. Step 2: Cite the Main Reasons<br />The reasons are the key as to why your audience should accept your premise.<br />Present reasons in a logical sequence, according to Scripture. Each reason builds on and connects with the other. <br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Step 3: Cite Scriptural Evidence<br />The evidence provides support for the reasons.<br />Use a concordance, expository dictionary, Bible dictionary, cross reference, etc.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />7<br />
  8. 8. More to Consider: Acknowledge Other Perspectives<br />People hold perspectives about your premise that differ from yours. <br />What are these perspectives or beliefs?<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Still More to Consider: Respond to Other Perspectives<br />How do you respond to another’s perspectives?<br />Write at least one response. Back up your response with Scripture.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />9<br />
  10. 10. References<br />Power point was based on information from the below sources.<br />Burke, J. (2007). Tools and texts for 50 essential lessons. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.<br />Cunningham, D. (1993). Faithful persuasion: In aid of a rhetoric of Christian theology. University of Notre Dame Press.<br />IRA/NCTE. (2011). Persuasion map. Read.Write.Think. Retrieved April 21, 2010, from<br />Yaghijian, L. Writing theology well: A rhetoric for theological and biblical writers. New York, NY: Continuum.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute<br />10<br />