The Ethics of Evangelism: A Philosophical Defense of Proselytizing and Persuasion
by Elmer J. Thiessen (Goodreads Author)
Why do religious people attempt to persuade others of their beliefs? What are the current objections to the religious practice of proselytizing? Is proselytizing an ethically defensible practice? Are there kinds of proselytizing activities that are ethically questionable? Elmer John Thiessen responds to questions like these in an effort to provide a philosophical defense o...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published March 7th 2011 by IVP Academic
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As legislation against proselytizing around the word continues to increase, Thiessen does an admirable job of waking up the church to the increasingly vocal disdain in society towards evangelism. While we may expect such objections from unbelievers, it seems that even those who are Christians feel that we should leave non-Christians alone. Theissen comes at the objections of proselytizing from a philosophical perspective but, for the non-academic, the book it quite readable and not unduly abstra...more
Is it wrong to push your views on other people? If it is, the author argues, then we should stop watching commercials and sending our children to public education. An excellent treaty on how to, and how not to, engage in dialogue with others.
Elmer Thiessen (B.Th., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.) is semi-retired, and moved to Waterloo, Ontario in 2007 after having taught philosophy at Medicine Hat College (Alberta, Canada) for over 35 years. His official position now is that of a “roving philosopher,” open to short-term teaching and research positions anywhere in the world. Most recently, he taught at Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia (summer of...moreMore about Elmer J. Thiessen...