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Persuasion Mapping<br />Constructing a Theological Argument<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />1<br />
“Christian theology is best understood as persuasive argument” (Cunningham, 1993).<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Instit...
Theological Argument:Deductive<br />A theological argument is a type of reflection. It states a premise and argues for it....
4<br />Premise<br />Supporting<br />Supporting <br />Step 2:<br />Substantiate the premise.<br />Supporting<br />Persuasio...
Step 1: State the Premise<br />The premise is the scriptural position you will argue<br />Concisely & clearly.<br />2011 ...
Developing the Premise<br />TIPS:<br />Do your research before you write<br />Understand the core of the argument<br />Beg...
Step 2: Cite the Main Reasons<br />7<br />Tell why your audience should accept your premise.<br />Logically sequence & con...
Constructing the Reasons<br />TIPS:<br />Select reasons that are the key to the argument<br />Look for patterns that emerg...
Step 3: Add Scriptural Evidence<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />9<br />
Supporting with Evidence<br />TIPS:<br />Do a thorough, full-scale investigation.<br />Consider the below methods of study...
Innertextual/intertextual analyses
Backgrounds-historical, cultural, political, social, etc.</li></ul>Support with Scripture, not your opinion<br />2011 All ...
Consider: Acknowledge Other Perspectives<br />People hold perspectives about the premise that differ from your beliefs. <b...
Still To Consider: Respond to Other Perspectives<br />How do you respond to another’s perspectives?<br />Seek to understan...
References<br />Power point was based on information from the below sources.<br />Background Labs. (2011). Abstract patter...
References<br />Power point was based on information from the below sources.<br />National Museum of American History. (19...
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Theological Argument Design: Persuasion Mapping

  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 />A theological argument is a type of reflection. It states a premise and argues for it. <br />Preparing an argument involves researching, deconstructing, analyzing & persuading, while keeping cultural context in mind. <br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />3<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Premise<br />Supporting<br />Supporting <br />Step 2:<br />Substantiate the premise.<br />Supporting<br />Persuasion Map Overview<br />Reason 1<br />Reason 2<br />Reason 3<br />Step 3<br />Scripturally support each reason reason.<br />Step 1: <br />The premise.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />
  5. 5. Step 1: State the Premise<br />The premise is the scriptural position you will argue<br />Concisely & clearly.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />5<br />
  6. 6. Developing the Premise<br />TIPS:<br />Do your research before you write<br />Understand the core of the argument<br />Begin with a strong vision of the premise<br />Address the needs of the audience <br />Write a statement that is one to three sentences in length<br />Represent the argument with clear wording<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Step 2: Cite the Main Reasons<br />7<br />Tell why your audience should accept your premise.<br />Logically sequence & connect reasons. <br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />
  8. 8. Constructing the Reasons<br />TIPS:<br />Select reasons that are the key to the argument<br />Look for patterns that emerge in Scripture as a guide<br />Present them in a logical sequence <br />Build reasons precept-upon-precept according to Scripture<br />Represent the argument with clear wording<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Step 3: Add Scriptural Evidence<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />9<br />
  10. 10. Supporting with Evidence<br />TIPS:<br />Do a thorough, full-scale investigation.<br />Consider the below methods of study:<br /><ul><li>Word study, cognates, etymology, grammar
  11. 11. Innertextual/intertextual analyses
  12. 12. Backgrounds-historical, cultural, political, social, etc.</li></ul>Support with Scripture, not your opinion<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />10<br />
  13. 13. Consider: Acknowledge Other Perspectives<br />People hold perspectives about the premise that differ from your beliefs. <br />What are these perspectives?<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />11<br />
  14. 14. Still To Consider: Respond to Other Perspectives<br />How do you respond to another’s perspectives?<br />Seek to understand the person’s point of view. Support your response with Scripture.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute <br />12<br />
  15. 15. References<br />Power point was based on information from the below sources.<br />Background Labs. (2011). Abstract pattern 07. Retrieved May 2, 2011, from http://www.backgroundlabs.com/detail/link-198.html<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, 2011, from http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/persuasion-30034.html<br />Mayberry, K. & Golden, R. (1996). For argument’s sake: A guide for effective arguments. (2nd Ed). New York NY: HarperCollins.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute<br />13<br />
  16. 16. References<br />Power point was based on information from the below sources.<br />National Museum of American History. (1951). Image no. 2006.108.161. Retrieved May 2, 2011, from http://click.si.edu/Image.aspx?image=2672&story=100&back=Story<br />Presenter Media. (2011). Stick men. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from http://www.presentermedia.com/index.php?target=closeup&id=4576&categoryid=120&maincat=animsp<br />Tandy, G. (2011). Evidence image. Retrieved April 30, 2011, from http://www.georgetandy.com/Evidence.htm<br />Yaghijian, L. Writing theology well: A rhetoric for theological and biblical writers. New York, NY: HarperCollins.<br />2011 All Nations Leadership Institute<br />14<br />

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