Tactics by Koukl

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions
by Gregory Koukl
Product Details
  1. Paperback: 200 pages
  2. Publisher: Zondervan
  3. Date Published: 2009
Point: The defense of the Christian faith begins with a proper understanding of the attack.
Path: Koukl demonstrates a handful of tactical questions which are able to cut to the heart of the primary objections and misunderstandings of the Christian faith. Following the role of the famous detective, Columbo, the author explains how a reasonable answer begins with a thoughtful questions. “What do you mean by that?” “How did you come to that conclusion?” and “So, if I understand you correctly, you are saying that…” all represent simple questions which will disarm most preconceived notions about the foolishness of the faith.
Sources: Koukl relies heavily on the evidentialist apologetic, in line with men such as Strobel, Geisler, Craig, etc.
Agreement: I appreciate Koukl’s intent – teaching the believer how to be an Ambassador for the faith, more discussion and diplomacy than fighting and confrontation. 
His tactics are simple and thoughtful.
The book is easy to read and provides a variety of illustrations, making it easy envision a conversation.
The strength of this book is in the Columbo method.
Disagreement: I don’t care for referring to conversion as “sealing the deal” or “closing”. 
I am not sure how far I would go in saying that you can argue someone into the kingdom (although his critique of “loving someone into the kingdom” was very timely). I believe a defense of the faith is primarily a defense, and he does an excellent job at making the assailants stop and think.
Personal App: Am I thoughtfully listening and responding to what people are really saying about biblical teaching?
Favorite Quote: “As with the emperor and his imaginary clothes, all it takes is one person to calmly say, ‘You’re naked.’ That’s the power of Columbo” (104).
Stars: 4.5 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.

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