Among life’s great frustrations is to argue with a learned, respected individual, to present indisputable evidence, supported by sound logic, only to be dismissed without fair consideration. Even more common is to clash with those whose learning is ongoing, and to suffer the same indignant response.
For most of us, these discussions are rare, but they do occur. Anytime there is a holiday dinner, a social gathering, or a visit from well-meaning door knockers, such astounding displays of stubbornness can occur.
The simple solution to this problem is to refrain from discussion. Indeed, it is an unspoken, but standing rule that we are not to discuss religion or politics in mixed company.
But as Christians we are called to evangelize. We are expected to engage in these conversations!
How then, are we to proceed in such a world?
Objective: In this course, students will learn exactly how to debate in favor of our faith. Students will learn about cognitive dissonance, the problem debating can pose and ways they can convince others during a debate.
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Deacon Frederick Bartels
Professor of Theology, Department Chair
He serves as the first Director of Education for Catholic Online School.
Professor Marshall Connolly
Director of Education