By J. Warner Wallace
'Why should people even want to use these PleaseConvinceMe Academy materials to learn how to convince others?'
Well, Scripture tells us that God wants us to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind (Matthew 22:37), and using our mind to reason out the things of God can actually bring us closer to Him. But even more than that, when we think about all that God has done for us, we can't help but want to share this truth with others. Paul is a pretty strong role model for us as Christians, and he regularly “reasoned” with people and many people were ultimately “persuaded” (Acts 17:2, 4). Peter also shared the truth through reason, even in hostile environments (Acts 2:14-41). They were simply following the model of their Lord, Jesus Christ, who was also in the business of sharing “convincing proofs” (Acts 1:3). While I do believe that it is GOD alone who changes the hearts of those around us, I still think it is our responsibility as Ambassadors for Jesus Christ to do our best to provide answers to life’s big questions, and these materials are intended to help Christians do just that.
'What makes you think you're qualified to write training materials in the first place?'
I do understand my own limits and I don't pretend to be an expert in all the areas that we explore in our curriculum. I am just another member of the jury, much like you, and I am involved in examining the evidence like everyone else. It's our hope that the Academy materials will encourage you to take a hard look at the evidence yourself, and I guarantee that the materials will stretch you, at least a little bit! For what it is worth, my background is rather diverse. I have an education in the arts (Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Design and Architecture), a career's worth of experience as a police detective (presently working Cold Case Homicides), and a Seminary Degree (Master's Degree in Theological Studies). I've created a number of studies designed specifically to examine issues important to both adults and students, and I've tried my best to incorporate all of my diverse experiences into the creation of this curriculum.
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