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God and Rationality$
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Thomas F. Torrance

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192139481

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192139481.001.0001

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Theological Persuasion 1

Theological Persuasion 1

(p.195) 8 Theological Persuasion1
God and Rationality

Thomas F. Torrance

Oxford University Press

The ability to attain the agreement of someone from whom we differ regarding a particular matter is referred to as persuasion, but certain differences may be identified in terms of how such may be achieved. People may be persuaded through convincing them and getting them to agree to what we say or believe in, or through meddling with their feelings so that the desired response may be manipulated and brought about. Persuasion generally stimulates a certain belief and that may be furthered to a commitment that deals more with rational judgement. Theological persuasion is fundamentally concerned with the former, yet the latter is also not without a certain amount of significance. This chapter looks into how this type of persuasion involves a triadic relation in communication and in rationality.

Keywords:   agreement, persuasion, theological persuasion, belief, commitment, rationality, communication

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