Over on his blog, Josh Brahm considers how to present a winsome response to one of the most tedious pro-abortion objections: “Shut Up! You’re a man; you have no right to make judgments about a women’s issue—you’ll never be pregnant!”
The temptation is to play Captain Obvious and announce the palpably evident ad hominem fallacy involved. However, when someone makes this objection, it provides proof that the individual is not at all concerned about clear reasoning and logical consistency. At this point, she’s sharing her crass indignation not her careful inferences, arbitrariness not argument. So, announcing her guilt in the fallacy is only one of a million other ways to poorly end the dialogue.
Josh’s conversation illustrates the several many ways (sorry, village idiom) to actually establish connections in common ground with his interlocutor.
He concludes the post pointing out other fruit that the approach bears, which significantly influences the trajectory of the dialogue toward very fruitful fields.
It’s a must read for anyone interested in obeying Christ in our culture. However ironic it may sound, it’s just for us guys—men only! (Not really, we all can profit from many of the points, because of our shared humanness. ;)