How to Talk to a Skeptic

Share Your Faith Effectively in a Cynical and Skeptical Age

Talking about faith with friends and family members can be a daunting prospect. What do you say if they have questions you can’t answer or if they’re outright hostile toward God?

Actually, you don’t have to have all the right answers, just the right questions—and a willingness to listen. As trust and understanding grow, the door to fruitful dialogue will open.

How to Talk to a Skeptic shows you how to:

  • Ask probing questions and avoid being on the defensive in spiritual conversations.

  • Tell God’s story of the world in a winsome and easily understood way.

  • Gently respond to the most common misunderstandings skeptics have about God.

Here’s a natural, relational approach to evangelism and a proven way to reach out to an unbelieving world.

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Peter Kreeft

Professor of Philosophy at Boston College and King’s College, author of over 70 books, including Handbook of Christian Apologetics and his most recent, Jacob’s Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth.
www.peterkreeft.com

 

"This is one of the most practical books of apologetics I have ever read. It is also one of the most profound.”

Marvin Olasky

Editor in Chief, World Magazine
http://www.worldmag.com/2013/09/skeptical_reads

 

Johnson rightfully criticizes the idea of Christianity as a consumer product that we sell by suggesting that it will meet needs and desires. Instead, he understands that the important question regarding Christianity (or other religions) is not “Do I like it?” or “What can it do for me?”—the vital question is, “Is it true?” 

Johnson explains that instead of reacting to specific assaults, we should “talk about which story of the universe is more reasonable to believe: Christianity or something else.” We should show that “Christianity is the worldview that best accounts for the evidence. Compared to any other worldview an unbeliever cares to offer, Christianity most adequately and comprehensively makes sense of life as we experience it every day.” 

Instead of focusing on only one or two pieces of data, Johnson proposes that we defend the reliability of Scripture and the historicity of the resurrection of Christ, but also note claims of personal experience of God, providential and miracle claims, explanations for the existence of evil and good in the world, our experience of being conscious and having a conscience, the overarching unfolding of history, the way the world and the universe seem designed, and more.

Rick Schenker

President, Ratio Christi
www.ratiochristi.org

 

"This is not just another apologetics book. How to Talk to a Skeptic is a compelling synthesis of worldview training, Bible teaching, and practical discussion tips. You don’t have to be a philosophy student to use it; believers in all walks of life will benefit from Johnson’s help to answer skeptics with truth, gentleness, and respect. He shows how vestiges of bad theology end up maligning the character of God causing skepticism for the non-believer, and why good theology is important in the task of conversational evangelism. The insights on how to ask good questions and frame evangelistic dialogue are refreshing and are born from Johnson’s many years of experience with Christianity’s critics. This is a significant book; it uniquely probes important questions that are usually left behind in the apologetics discussions. I encourage you to read it!“

Douglas Groothuis

Professor of Philosophy, Denver Seminary, head of the Apologetics and Ethics Masters Degree program, and author of Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith.
http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/

 

"Don Johnson has combined a deep knowledge of apologetics with practical advice on how to actually discuss Christianity with skeptics. This impressive book combines clear thinking, good writing, and apologetics zeal. Bravo!"

J. Warner Wallace

Cold Case Detective, Christian Case Maker at Stand to Reason, and author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
www.coldcasechristianity.com

 

“Don Johnson has been making the case for Christianity for many years now here in Southern California. As a skeptic and ‘late-believer’ myself, I am grateful that Don has carefully crafted a book that will help believers understand the issues, frame their discussions, and intelligently interact with non-believers in their midst. Don uses many personal examples and has created a resource that is accessible, informative and engaging.”

Stan Guthrie

President, Stan Guthrie Communications co-author, The Sacrament of Evangelism, author, All That Jesus Asks, and editor at large, Christianity Today
www.stanguthrie.com

 

"How to Talk to a Skeptic will bring real encouragement to all who seek to share the good news with nonbelievers but instead find themselves getting bogged down in a swamp of objections. That’s because Don Johnson clearly shows how we must establish the contextual ground rules before we can engage in fruitful discussions about ultimate reality. How to Talk to a Skeptic makes the indispensable point that Christianity is not a product to be sold but a comprehensive and intelligent worldview to be embraced. This is a great book”

Mike Bechtle

author, Evangelism For the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style and Confident Conversation: How to Communicate Effectively in Any Situation
www.mikebechtle.com

 

"Don Johnson’s new book, How To Talk To a Skeptic, provides a much-needed resource for people who are intimidated by sharing their faith with perceived intellectuals. It’s easy to feel inadequate when others seem so confident, and we think of the perfect response an hour after the conversation ends. This book doesn’t just provide a list of catch phrases and points to make in a discussion. Instead, it’s about how to build a genuine relationship with a person of non-faith, using a caring approach to open an honest interaction about faith. It’s one of the few books that doesn’t see a skeptic as the enemy.”

Cathy Duffy

Cathy Duffy Reviews
http://cathyduffyreviews.com/general-book-reviews/how-to-talk-to-a-skeptic.htm

"Having read a number of books on apologetics, I was pleasantly surprised to find that How to Talk to A Skeptic takes a different approach that actually seems both practical and useful. ... I expect that the result of this approach is likely to be much more successful evangelism since winning arguments isn’t the same as winning souls."

Randy Rodden

President, Answers International Ministries, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Community Christian College, Teaching Pastor, Valley of the Falls Community Church, Forest Falls, CA
http://www.randyrodden.com/

 

"I’ve been involved in apologetics and worldview ministries since the 70’s and I’m always looking for material that will help my students and fellow believers. Not only do I want them to get the facts about the evidence for the Christian faith, but also understand how to communicate those ideas in a winsome way that will move skeptics to want to honestly seek out why the Gospel is relevant to them. Don Johnson has given us one of those books. I plan to recommend it to my students and to my skeptical friends.”

Nick Peters

Deeper Waters Christian Ministries
http://deeperwaters.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/book-plunge-how-to-talk-to-a-skeptic/

"This is a highly readable and engaging book that starts a conversation with the reader on how to talk about issues of faith. Johnson’s work is an excellent look at this important topic and as one who does apologetics debates regularly, I am glad to commend it."

Braxton Hunter

professor of Apologetics at Trinity College and Seminary, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, and the director of evangelism and apologetics for Trinity Crusades for Christ.
www.braxtonhunter.com

 

"When the majority of what is on offer for reaching skeptics reduces to a wooden ‘paint-by-numbers’ sort of evangelism, Donald Johnson has proposed a fresh and conversational approach. Unlike most evangelistic strategies, the success of Donald Johnson’s method is clear to anyone who has heard the countless discussions he has had with skeptics on his radio show. Rather than trying to sell Christian theism to skeptics as a product, Donald Johnson offers an approach that organically demonstrates the truth of the Christian worldview.”

Paul Schliep

Director of Credentialing and Theological Health for Evangelical Free Church of America West Region.

 

"How to Talk to a Skeptic is both practical and accessible. Don Johnson has done the American church in the 21st century a service by helping us think about how to engage unbelievers with truth and grace”